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1 Jenny Rolfe creates extremely desirable bags and purses that readers will want to make for themselves or to give as gifts.
2 Quilting and free machine embroidery techniques are simply explained and shown through clear step by step photographs, so that needlecraft enthusiasts of all skill levels will want to have a go themselves.
3 Jenny Rolfe's artistry in choosing fabrics, threads and embellishments and her beautifully designed bags and purses make this a unique collection of projects.

About the Author

Jenny Rolfe is a textile artist with a background in quilting. Feeling restricted by traditional quilting, she took a course in design and discovered a whole new world of colour and form. She began to make her own fabric using dyeing, painting, printing, stamping, sponging, stencilling and free machine embroidery techniques, and moved on from quilts to wall hangings. Later she combined her passion for textiles with her lifelong love of bags. Jenny has won many prizes and her work has been widely exhibited in the UK and USA. She teaches classes for quilting groups and Embroiderers' Guild groups and has had many articles published in patchwork and quilting magazines. Jenny lives in Leicestershire.


There's nothing quite like owning a stylish and unique handbag or purse that you've created yourself. Jenny has used quilting and free machine embroidery techniques to create a stunning collection of bags and purses for all occasions. All the techniques are explained fully, including how to make your own fabrics using ribbons and bondable fibre and how to make cords to give your bags and purses a really personal touch. Detailed step-by-step photographs and easy to follow text show how to construct and decorate five bags and six purses.-Machine Knitting Monthly Jenny Rofle's unique style makes this book stand out from other bag books. Her sense of colour and choice of fabrics, threads and embellishments, combines with her designs makes this book a fantastic collection of projects. The step by step photography and clear instructions makes this a book for all levels.-The Quilting Web You can make a whole lot of bags with this book to match every outfit in your wardrobe. Choose from casual to dressy and utilize your hoarded stash of fabrics and embellishments as you quilt and adorn your creations using your sewing machine. This book is a lot of fun. As long as you have a swing needle sewing machine, other basic sewing items and a stash of pretty fabrics of all kinds and some embellishments then you have everything you need. You are given an insight at the beginning about how the author works, keeping a design sketchbook and lots of inspiring fancy fabrics and this might inspire you to do something similar to aid your designing. Instructions are given on how to do freestyle machine embroidery and designs of basic patterns made with this method are shown to start you off. Then you can have a go at machining ribbons or fabric strips together, making cords, embellishments and using heat bondable fibers (such as Angelina Fibers). The bags themselves come in some fancy shapes such as a petal bag and a half moon as well as conventional rectangles and rounds, and each project has a different way of decorating it using the methods described at the beginning as well as few others. With some basic sewing skills and a bit of practice you can have a lot of fun with this book, which is of the type that you keep dipping into for ideas over and over again. Fabulous Bags to Stitch and Make works on two levels. Firstly it provides inspiration and information for people who may be looking to extend their sewing skills to include decorative sewing techniques and surface design. The projects use relatively small amounts of fabric making these ideal projects for beginner machine embroiderers and textile artists. The book also works well as a handmade bag project book with a good range of projects. The bags and purses are designed to showcase the stitched and decorated fabric and are wearable works of art rather than every day grocery This book is worth every penny - some of my other 'bag' books got pushed off the shelf when this came along. A notch above the rest for design with its great design section, style offering something different in the way of shape and design, know-how and inspiration with the finished projects and alternatives. Everything you need to know to make quilted bags. Highly Jenny shows how to create interesting fabrics using quilting and free machine embroidery techniques and how to make them into fantastic bags and purses. Her sense of colour and choice of fabric, threads, embellishments and designs make this a unique and appealing collection of projects. Step-by-step photography of techniques, projects and clear explanations make them achievable for needle workers of all skill levels. Starting with a comprehensive list of materials, equipment and designs, Jenny suggests the best way to organise supplies and get started. Various methods of creating and building fabric designs are explained including weaving, bonding, cording and beading. Bags vary from the small unusually shaped petal bag to a boxy oriental style bag; from a crazy patchwork and beaded bag to elegant clutch evening bags.-Sew Today This is an excellent book for learning new techniques and is ideal for those with basic machine skills who want to become more experienced and adventurous. Aimed at the textile crafter who is not yet confident designing a bag, but wants to produce unique items with a personal touch, it encourages readers to follow the instructions, whilst also experimenting with a range of different colours and embellishments. The front cover doesn't really clearly communicate the diverse range of projects inside and I actually found the design on the back more exciting! However, the pages are very appealing when you look inside, and the photography and illustrations are excellent. The instructions are simple to follow, with some of the most basic tasks pictured as 'works in progress', making them far easier to understand. Equivalent to three books in one, it is excellent value for money and would be easy to sell to beginners and more experienced crafters alike. There is definitely a market for this title and I have personally sold a number of the writer's bag and purse books, and seen many of the projects completed by relatively inexperienced customers. The technique section is an excellent addition and fantastic selling point, especially for businesses stocking machine embroidery threads, cords, and fusible webs. My customers will, and do, buy this book, and I would highly recommend it to This book did exactly what the title promised. Starting with the basics of materials and equipment, it gave plenty of examples which could be followed by a beginner or expanded upon by the more experienced sewer. Each step was well described and the accompanying illustrations were easy to follow as they were clear and large enough to see exactly what to do. The section covering machine embroidery was so well described that it felt that once mastered it would open up endless possibilities to embellish quite ordinary fabric and create something special. With a variety of shapes, luxurious velvets or fabrics you have made yourself and decorated, whether by machine or embroidered by hand, it would be possible to make some stunning bags whatever your level of ability. Also a lovely way to make use of all the beads, threads and bits and pieces that we all acquire because it is sure to come in useful one day! (Margaret Cox)-West Country Embroiderers

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