I’ve been working with various types of denim for a few months. I like to alter the dye by discharging. This is done by using discharge paste which is a bleach product. The bleaching process must be halted by using another product called bleach stop; I buy both products here.
I like to add more interest to the denim with paint and stencils. Once I’m happy with the effects I proceed to consider whether hand stitching would crystallize the end result. Some bags are beautiful in their simplicity while others cry out for details.
The design and functionality of the bag requires a completely different set of decisions; a bag can become virtually ANY design and serve multiple needs. Bags are personal to me. Not only the exterior “personality” but mostly the functionality of the interior.
One simple accent I like to use is narrow pleats sewn by machine. I like to use variegated thread for this. Sometimes I stitch the pleats horizontally all the way across and sometimes I add a few shorter lengths. Occasionally I will go back in the opposite direction for a grid/box like effect.
I consider these bags as prototypes. Now I can reflect upon the results for further consideration, refinements and how to improve them in general. I want them to look “handmade” rather than “homemade”. After reflecting upon these prototypes my conclusion is: Simplicity is best.
This is my favorite bag
Fold over clutch with interior pockets
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