Monday, February 05, 2018


Winter blues getting you down? Need a dose of color to brighten up your days? Odile Bailloeul's Broderie Boheme collection will have you smiling in no time. Brimming with color and folksy feelings, Odile's designs encourage you to let loose and go a little wild.

Today's project focuses on using one special feature of the Fairy Tale and Chessboard prints from this collection. The stitch details of these designs provide the perfect guide for a bit of embellishment. With embroidery thread or pearl cotton you can add dimension and texture to your projects. Just choose some design elements and get to work.

For these bags, the embroidery embellishment is minimal as the front will see a lot of use with keys and pens going in and out of the pocket. Even so, the result is a fun mix of fabric and thread. Pattern is Pretty Pocket Purse by Jane Sassaman.

The embroidery stitches are basic—seed stitches, french knots and satin stitches. Three strands were used for the seed stitches and satin stitches. Two strands of Anchor floss were sufficient for the knots. For extra drama, add seed beads to your stitches.

Do your embroidery on the exterior bag pieces of your choosing before assembling the bag. If you use a hoop when stitching, cut the bag piece out after you have finished embellishing. As you put the bag together, take extra care when pressing.

The addition of felt balls along the bottom of the purse ups the boho factor. You may choose to replace these with long fringe or pom pom trim. Make it your own and add embellishments to suit your mood.

If bag making isn't your thing, select a section for embellishment and once complete, frame it in a hoop or picture frame. There's no end to the fun.

Broderie Boheme ships to stores this month!

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