This weeks featured Embellished bag comes from hottiehandbags. When I looked at Susan shop she had several embellished bags to choose from. I especially liked her Victorian Rose Bouquet Wristlet. I loved the handmade rosebuds and thought they looked so elegant and this bag would be a nice touch of subtle color to a little black dress. I asked Susan about her bag making process and this is what she had to say…
I design each of my Hottie Handbags as a piece of fabric art; akin to painting a picture. My designs are dictated by my mood at the time. I often choose the embellishment first and work the design of my handbag as secondary. Such is the case with my Alice’s Crossover Body Hip Bag and my Colorful Market Bag and Picnic Tote. Both utilize vintage bill of ladings transferred onto linen fabric.
All of my bags are multi-functional and designed for personal use and/or gift giving. The Colorful Market Bag and Picnic Tote is a great tote for a bottle of wine and a loaf of French bread for a trip to the country – or as a themed wedding gift. The Alice’s Crossover Body Hip Bag is a great security pouch for under a jacket, or you can show it off with your jeans and white tee shirt running errands about town.
I like to create with vintage embellishments – brooches, beads, baubles, buttons, ribbons, charms, etc. The richness of recycled upholstery and drapery fabrics, along with faux fur, faux suede, and faux leather are a great juxtaposition. This is especially evident in my Victorian Rose Bouquet Wristlet and my Linen Retro Tote Bag. I created pink polka dot rose buds, added vintage trim as the stems and wool felt for the leaves. The Linen Retro Tote Bag uses a bare bones handmade linen tote. I then embellished the tote with a large brown prop quality silk rose and an eclectic freehand wave of gorgeous linen weave fabric.
It’s all about having a great selection of embellishments to choose from when my creative mind gets going. An inventory of unique embellishments takes awhile to build, but it is well worth it when my creative dreams at night, can come to fruition in the morning just by reaching into my embellishment treasure chest!
Respectfully Submitted by:
Susan Krempa, cabteam Member
Hottie Handbags – “Handmade Purses with an Attitude”
Thanks Susan for letting us in on your creative process. I look forward to seeing what other great embellished bags you come up with.