20 Beautiful Bags to Stitch & Love
By Deena Beverly
C&T; Publishing Inc.
From the first time I saw this book, I knew I wanted a
copy for my own library.
At first glance, the Picture Postcard Purse on page 46 captured
my attention, but there are many other equally inspirational projects.
I will admit that I have not yet made any of the purses or bags,
but Beverly's directions seem clear and easy to follow. Her
book has a variety of patterns from a small clutch to an
overnight bag. She offers many projects, both practical and fanciful.
Many of her designs are already embellished, but some of them
could easily be translated into Crazy Quilting.
I have been mulling over the Picture Postcard Project, since the
day I first saw it in Texas. I enjoy printing on fabric, but
something about the particular print of the Eiffel Tower she used
really captured my attention. Personally, I think it would be
interesting to try to get a similar effect by using brown fabric
and discharge paste on a rubber stamp. Even if I never make the
bag, I have that idea germinating in my head and it will
eventually find its way into my needle work. Occasionally, when you
are lucky, a book offers more than just instructions and patterns.
Brilliant Bags is full of interesting and
innovative ideas. I hope that you will be equally inspired when you
flip through its pages.