I think I probably took on one too many courses this year. While I've been learning different embroidery stitch techniques in one of them – and it was worth it when I was still working and looking for textile projects to keep me focussed while I waited for that long period of the company sale lock-in to finish, it's probably not something I'll continue in 2015. I'd rather focus on projects of my own design. Anyway, that's something to think about over the next couple of weeks as we head into the new year.
There is one project I've just completed (in time for Christmas) that I can share with you here – a Mexican blouse that I made for my sister. It's a pattern I modified from the one I learnt to do in Mexico. I used a more Autumn-like palette, added a mix of fabrics and designed the floral bodice for the stitching.
I timed myself on the bodice, which took less than 40 hours. It's not too bad considering how long a garment takes to knit, but there's no way you could make a living out of it, and yet that's what I know hundreds of women do in Mexico.
This is what it looked like last weekend. I had done the smocking-type work on the body first, then moved onto the bodice, as I knew everything after that wouldn't take too long. I tell you what though, cutting into that bodice to make the neckline was a nerve-wracking experience!
Don't forget you can still sign up to learn how to make one of these blouses at the Craft Victoria Summer School!