July 28, 2010

Bags in Bloom

I recently had the privilege of reviewing Watson Guptill's Bags in Bloom by Susan Cariello. In one word-AWESOME! Not only does the book give you great embroidery patterns to follow but it  also gives you several purse patterns to work with. Cariello's easy to follow directions made everything a breeze. My favorite part of the book are the many different stitches you can learn. She mixes those stitches with beads, buttons and sequins, so you can make a one of a kind bag. Another fun aspect of the book is that the chapters are broken into seasons of the year. You can make a unique handbag for every occasion and every weather condition imaginable .

So, a thumbs up or a thumbs down? I say a definite thumbs up for this visually stunning how-to book. Pick it up - you WILL thank me later.
My own little take on the bag in bloom. So many beads!


  1. oooo looks like a really nice book, I have experimented in the last few months making a few bags, so this would be really handy book to have, thanks for posting about it. Off to Amazon.co.uk I go!!!!
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  2. I've always wanted to take a stab at sewing some bags, this book looks like it would have great tutorials and info. Thanks for posting it!

  3. The bags are SEW stinking pretty!!

  4. This looks like a lovely book. I'm always looking for good ideas. Thanks for the review.