I have always liked Japanese stitched items and fabrics. The books of Kimiko Sudo have kept me entertained for hours trying to figure out how to make the items.
I have made this little flower bag so many times that I have become quite quick at it.
So when I saw the post for a New Bag Pattern at A Breezy Day I booked in at a local Patchwork shop to learn the technique. My patchwork group had a challenge to use a particular fabric for Christmas so I used it as the lining in a bag I made using the Japanese Smocking technique. It isn't very hard, but it isn't easy either, but once you have worked it out you move along quite quickly. I changed the pattern for my bag to suit the amount of material I had for the lining and I changed how the handles were attached and the binding. (There were also other small changes) But the smocking stayed the same.
When I look closely at the smocking I can see there is room for improvement so I had better make some more. A dress for my grand daughter would be good.