I love Bohemian style. Years ago a guy with a green mohawk taunted me by saying with a sneer “You’re so Boho!” I laughed because I didn’t think that was an insult. In fact, I wore it as a badge of honor. Boho is a style that I love.
Shabby Chic collide) and so many more. My boho style is somewhere between Boho Bold and Boho Chic. I love the Lagenlook trend, the upcycled, recycled, mended and reimagined. I love color and neutrals. The boro esthetic, an extreme form of mending and making do, visually appeals to me.
That being the case I combined the bohemian, world traveler style stencils of Gwen Lafleur and boro esthetic stitching in uncharacteristic wild color on hand dyed fabric made by longtime friend Cindi Huss to create a bag which will not escape your notice.
Gwen’s stencils –
Fabric paints –
DecoArt So Soft – Baby Pink, Bright Avocado, Bright Coral, Bright Yellow, Dioazine Purple, Indian Turquoise, Neon Blue, Neon Red, Olive Green, Pineapple, Purple
Fabric – plain for printing on and a print for the lining. I got mine from Cindi Huss of Dancing Threads. To see more of her art check her out on Instagram at @dancingthreadsart .
embroidery hoop, if you use one
assorted glass beads in seed and bugle sizes
Making the bag
I started off with a piece of scrap fabric my long time friend, Cindi Huss, left with me after a visit. It is white punctuated with random patches of color of dye from other projects.
To this fabric paint from ++++++ was applied through the Decorative Medallion stencil with makeup sponge.
When a color was finished, the remaining paint was applied randomly to the background. Just like on art journal pages.
Elements from the Not Afraid to Try stencil were added to gain balance.
Using an embroidery hoop to hold the fabric tight, beads were sewn around the circular section of the medallions.
Before the stitching began a lining for the bag would have to be chosen. Years ago, like more than 10 years previously, I had obtained some of Cindi Huss’s hand dyed fabric. Love these colors! Luckily the piece was found among one of the first boxes opened. The search could have been lengthy. With “right sides” facing, the top and bottom were sewn together, turned right side out and pressed.
Let the stitching begin!
Stitching was added all over the fabric. The backside was nearly as lovely as the front. Using a variety of colors of embroidery thread stitching was added. The medallions were not stitched through.
The pieces were ironed and the sides were stitched by machine. Straps were cut out, stamped, ironed into place and stitched with a machine. Finally, the straps were stitched with embroidery thread for beauty and strength.
Thank you to @jadoremadeleinebunny for styling and modeling for the photos in this post.