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A 'bag lady' creates in Chino Valley

Lana Kulow gets a variety of her bags ready for the Del Rio Elementary School Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the school, 1036 N. Road 1 West.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Diane DeHamer/Review

Lana Kulow gets a variety of her bags ready for the Del Rio Elementary School Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the school, 1036 N. Road 1 West.<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->Diane DeHamer/Review

Beautiful, colorful fabric has been used for many items over the centuries, and Lana Kulaw of Chino Valley has decided to make pretty and useful purses and tote-bags from the fabrics she collects.

"My grandma taught me to sew when I was about seven, and I would sew doll clothes and clothes for my little sisters," Lana recalled.

In 2005 Lana developed severe back problems which required back surgery.

"I was flat on my back for a year, and you can only read so much, although I did learn to knit lying down," she joked.. "I needed something to do, so I started designing and making tote bags, purses and sleep over bags," said Lana.

Lana's purses are made of a light canvas, and the tote bags are material and screen.

"To make my bags I first make a paper pattern, then transfer that on to muslin. From start to finish the bags take me about two days to finish," Lana explained.

" My purses have all kinds of pockets, zippers, and key holder compartments. I also put jewelry on all my bags, which is kind of my trademark," she added.

Lana and her husband Tim moved to Chino Valley three years ago from Colorado.

"We liked Chino Valley because we knew we wanted to stay in a rural small town," Lana said.

Lana who is a member of High Desert Artists will be selling her bags at the Del Rio Elementary School Christmas Bazaar on Dec. 8. from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. She takes orders and can be reached at 636-4492.

"Creating these bags gives me a chance to be artistic. I try one thing and another idea comes," said Lana.

Working with fabrics is very enjoyable and exciting for Lana. Her newest adventure is making reversible vests from vintage material.

"I haunt fabric shops for material," she said. "The fabric is part of the fun. Sometimes when I see a piece of material, I know instantly what it's going to be, it is so much fun!"

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