Bags of Inspiration: 15 Elegant Bags to Make and Embellish

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This is a book for anyone who enjoys sewing and working with sumptuous fabrics. The glitzy, fun-to-make bags make stunning fashion accessories and have a decorative appeal that is akin to jewellery. Learn how to find inspiration from nature, how to make the basic bag design and motifs, how to hand-dye fabrics, use embellishments and much more. Only basic sewing skills are required and step-by-step instructions are provided, together with a list of materials and equipment.

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Overview

This is a book for anyone who enjoys sewing and working with sumptuous fabrics. The glitzy, fun-to-make bags make stunning fashion accessories and have a decorative appeal that is akin to jewellery. Learn how to find inspiration from nature, how to make the basic bag design and motifs, how to hand-dye fabrics, use embellishments and much more. Only basic sewing skills are required and step-by-step instructions are provided, together with a list of materials and equipment.

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Bowen is a British textile artist who has worked in several media, including wood turning, jewelry making, and photography. This is her collection of designs for 15 different handbags, some sewn with luxury fabrics like velvets, satins, chiffons, and silks, and many embellished with separately made floral motifs. A variety of textile techniques-including cutwork, shirring, ruching, ribbon weaving, embossing, Mexican pleating, slashed layers, and silk painting-makes for an interesting mixture of designs. There are brief tutorials for each of these techniques as well as general information on design for readers wishing to use the patterns as a springboard for their own creations. Projects will appeal to readers with intermediate sewing skills. Consider for large public library sewing collections.


—Jan Zlendich
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781861084385
  • Publisher: Guild of Master Craftsman
  • Publication date: 2/1/2007
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Hilary thoroughly enjoys sewing and experimenting with fabric and has been making bags for several years. She also has long-standing interests in jewellery-making and woodturning, and has written two previous books for GMC Publications, which have been highly successful: Woodturning Jewellery (1995) and Decorative Techniques for Woodturners (1996).

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