Love Great Handbags? Sew Your Own.

Rahway, NJ, August 12, 2007 --( Artwork 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 and designer Lisa Shepard Stewart guides readers in sewing a collection 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-two original designs are further enhanced with culturally inspired embellishments and trims, plus 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. 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! features handbags & accessories with the same cultural excitement. The company also offers fabrics, quilting & craft kits, workshops and special events. For details, visit

Cultured Expressions, Inc.
Lisa Shepard Stewart