If you've been reading Threading My Way for any length of time, you'll know that gardening is one of my passions. When I'm not sewing, I can often be found out in my garden. Mr TMW has suggested that I attach a bicycle flag to my gardening gear. We have a reasonably large block (¾ acre) and he sometimes takes a long time to find me when I'm outside.
Mr TMW is not quite as keen on outside work as I am, but we've both been working very hard, trying to get the block cleared and under control. We're getting there, but we have a way to go yet.
The more I do in my garden, the more satisfaction I get, and the more I want to spend time out there. For some, gardening is just plain hard work, like housework, but for me, it's a lot like sewing - arranging and re-arranging till a plan, or project, takes shape. There are so many factors to consider - colours, sizes, shapes, what goes well with what, which thing works in each particular situation.
The more time I spend, the better I get at designing - exactly like sewing! In 2015 I felt I made real progress with matching and co-ordinating fabrics. Practise makes perfect! Nowhere near perfection yet, but I'm enjoying the journey.
According to my stats, the projects above were the most viewed in 2015. They're all tutorials, which I suppose is not surprising. I'm aiming to write lots more tutorials this year. The first is underway - how I sew zipper tabs.
I say this every year, but I am hoping this year will be the one where I sew some clothes for ME. I made a start today and bought a couple of metres of cotton cheesecloth and a pattern for a blouse. My family know me well and I have several gift vouchers to redeem at three different stores. Partially spending the first voucher means my cheesecloth blouse will cost nothing but my time.
Do you have plans for this year? For me, it'll be working out whether it's sewing and gardening, or gardening and sewing.