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Bags with Paper and Stitch

Isobel Hall



ISBN: 9780713490343

Price: £ 18.99

Publication date: 10 September 2007

Category: Sewing & Dressmaking

Isobel Hall is well known for her exquisite yet fully functional embroidered bags, made from handmade paper and embellished with print, stitch and beading. This beautifully illustrated book reveals the secrets of her techniques for the first time. It contains over 30 different bag projects, plus a wealth of techniques to inspire you to make your own examples, including :

  • Using silk cocoon strippings to make the softest handmade paper
  • How to create the author’s signature ‘distressed’ look
  • Ingenious ways to use found objects as handles and fastenings
  • Creative use of natural materials such as twigs and flower petals

Illustrated throughout with stunning pictures of the author’s work but with full instructions on all the techniques, this book is ideal for embroiderers and textile artists who are fascinated by bags and other three-dimensional pieces.


Isobel Hall is a teacher and textile designer who specialises in creating handmade paper and using it to make embroidered bags. She teaches papermaking, book-making and bag-making and also takes on commissions.



'A glorious book for beginnersÿ in the art of paper making as well as a beginner's guide on how to utilise paper that is around us'


Sew Today

'..the bags created by Isobel are amazing and, if you follow her instructions, you too could have a collection of unique handmade bags'.

Derby Evening Telegraph

'An exciting book full of innovative ideas featuring exquisite bags made from handmade paper and embellished with stitching, printing, and beading. Not just beautiful to look at, these bags are fully functional and robust enough for a variety of uses'.

Sewing World

'Bags of shabby chic...'

Stitch magazine