Thursday 25 October 2012

Our Creative Space...

We love to incorporate old embroideries in our bags. The size and shape of the embroidery determines the size and shape of the bag. Usually it is pretty straitforward, but this hmong embroidery piece was a bit more difficult. A lot of craft paper later I had made a pattern to incorporate and enhance the embroidery.

We decided to use leather for this bag. Here the hide gets an adhesive backing.

The lining is a very pretty Mary Engelbreit cotton.

It is coming along nicely, not sure about the strap, though.

Isn't it nice? From the breast plate of a traditional costume to a bag.
In the picture below you can see how the costumes were worn.

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  1. What a wonderful way to repurpose a traditional piece and give it a new life!!! The bag already looks amazing!

  2. The piece of embroidery is gorgeous and I love the way you've created the bag from and around it!

  3. What an incredible piece to work with and give new life to! Wow!

  4. I love the colours you have used in this bag. The embroidery piece is gorgeous.

  5. Fantastic effort. The shape of the bag complements the embroidery design so well.

  6. Gorgeous! I love that you've reused the embroidery and turned it into something new. The colours are sooo fantastic too!
    x Lauren