Working Intuitively: Making a bag using a design printed on fabric

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Still using the “Last of the Summer Roses” design that I used to make the small shoulder purse that you can see here, this time I’m rearranging the design in order to make a printed design for a large handbag.

One of the reasons I love using photoshop elements so much, is that it makes reworking the same design so easy by simply moving the layers into position. This time I’ve made some room on one side of the print to allow for some hand embellishing.

Making a bag using a design printed on fabric

One of the reasons I love using photoshop elements so much, is that it makes reworking the same design so easy. By simply moving the layers about, the same design can look very different without too much effort.

As you know, embellishing, particularly hand embellishing, is one of my favorite techniques. I find it relaxing and contemplative and I often work intuitively, allowing the design to speak to me and tell me how it wants to be embellished. This can sometimes be challenging; almost like looking at a blank sheet of paper and wondering where to start.

I generally gather some supplies in colors that are complementary to my project and then wait and listen. Eventually the idea is formed and work begins. For this design, some simple hand stitches in a rose leaf design, with a sprinkling of beads that look like little raindrops.

Making a bag using a design printed on fabric

Once begun, the process flows. I’m really loving the way this design looks so I can’t wait to see how the finished handbag turns out.

Making a bag using a design printed on fabric





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