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!

6 comments:

  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!

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  3. The bags are SEW stinking pretty!!

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

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