you can carry! Nothing expresses one's individual style quite
like a take-along accessory, and our active lifestyles easily
justify the need for a variety of carry-alls to suit a
fashionable, multi-faceted existence. African Accents ON
THE GO! Designing Accessories with Cultural Style
provides you with creative stimulation for making handbags,
totes and more, with exciting African flair.
By taking advantage of the unique properties
of the fabrics -- the textures, weaves, colors, patterns and
symbols - author Lisa Shepard Stewart guides readers in sewing a
wardrobe full of specialty pieces to re-invigorate the wardrobe
as well as the spirit. They'll find inspiration in the pages of
African Accents ON THE GO! whether they're making a cultural
statement, or simply showing their love for terrific textiles.
The projects are also designed for success
regardless of your sewing skill level - beginners can follow the
step-by-step instructions as directed, while more accomplished
sewing enthusiasts can use the instructions as a stepping stone
to their own artistic versions. Twenty basic, easy-to-sew
designs are further enhanced with culturally inspired
embellishments and trims, with extra creative options,
variations and resources included in the appendix. The result -
a collection of unique art-to-carry pieces that are as beautiful
as they are practical!
This is the third book by the author, and the
first to be published by her company, Cultured Expressions, Inc.
She specializes in the creative use of African fabrics for
decorating, quilting and crafts, and explains, "Just as AFRICAN
ACCENTS: Fabrics and Crafts to Decorate Your Home and GLOBAL
EXPRESSIONS: Decorating with Fabrics from Around the World
introduce readers to the many do-it-yourself possibilities using
authentic African textiles for home decorating, ON THE GO!
now incorporates the fabrics into handbags &
accessories." The company offers the books, fabrics,
quilting & craft kits, workshops and special events.