- Great Inspiration! Review by Patricia G Osborne
I suppose one's reaction to the book has a great deal to do with expectations. I bought the book for inspiration, to nudge me to experiment with new techniques and push me outside my box. Since I didn't expect it to contain detailed instructions for each bag, I wasn't disappointed at all. On the contrary, I take it out every now and then to remind myself of various techniques I haven't yet tried, techniques which can be used in a variety of ways, not only in the construction of handbags.
(Posted on 6/9/12)
- Bags with Paper and Stitch: Innovative Surface Techniques for Embellishing Bags Review by Laurie Bitten
This is a beautiful book. Lovey pitures of the bags and embellishments to be made. The entire book is based on making the bags with the handmade silk paper yet only one page and no pictures is devoted to making the paper. Little is explained on the supplies needed, like the silk fibers. The bags made are beautiful but most do not include any patterns or even the size to cut the paper and the author assumes you know how to sew. It would have been nice that using one purse, pictues of the different stages in making it would have made this a close to perfect how to book. This is a good book for a more advanced crafter who can do a lot of figuring out without step by step instructions or patterns. I give it 3 stars for the beautiful ideas and craftmanship of the bags and tags. A great idea book, but not a step by step how to book.
(Posted on 6/25/11)
- Fabulous...but Review by Charlotte Sharkey
Really, this book is gorgeous. The bags are wonderful. The materials list is daunting, and although I didn't price it out, I can imagine that the cost to get started isn't insignificant. Then there is the time to become as good at this process as the artist who wrote the book. I'd like to see some of her earlier work, as the items photoed in the book came after years of experimentation. <sigh> So I'll keep the book around for inspiration.
(Posted on 4/15/11)