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Complete Embellishing: Techniques and…

Complete Embellishing: Techniques and Projects

by Kayte Terry

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This one was a total piece of luck on clearance- it's a great guide. It's loaded with techniques I don't usually see, and it's one of those books that just looking through is inspiring and exciting. The only negative is that the step-by-step directions frequently didn't include a picture of the finished product. There were pictures of a lot of other projects- just not always the ones from the directions. I wasn't crazy about the specific embellishing ideas for clothes, however, because a lot of them looked like they came out of my 60s and 70s craft books. ( )
  the1butterfly | Sep 1, 2010 |
Tight budget? Bored with your current wardrobe and home accessories? Just want to stand out from the mall crowd? Creative Embellishing by Kayte Terry was written just for you. It contains “easy techniques and over 25 great projects.” The adorable headband on the cover is what really caught my eye what with headbands being all the rage now. It has a very Anthropologie feel to me.

The book starts with tools and techniques and a comprehensive section on sewing basics. This includes a variety of things such as hand-sewing, machine sewing, making pockets, patchwork, embroidery, crochet, felting, fabric printing, and basic appliqué. There are also simple directions for using beads, buttons, and sequins.

The rest of the book is divided into Garments, Accessories, and Home Furnishings. Each project is rated by its difficulty – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. There is a complete material list for each one that includes metric as well as standard measurements. The instructions are detailed enough that even the advanced projects are easy to understand and follow.

This book really embraces the DIY culture that is so popular at the moment. Most of the garments and accessories have a romantic feel to them while the 5 or so home furnishings are more modern. There’s a youthful vibe to the book as a whole. If you’re looking for that little bit extra that makes you unique, look no further. Creative Embellishing can help. ( )
  francie | Jul 9, 2009 |
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Hip stylist, fashion expert, and crafter, Kayte Terry presents a totally-cool wardrobe of garments and accessories, together with nifty home accessories in a technique- and project-packed volume filled with fabulous ideas for transforming store-bought "blanks" into must-have wardrobe pieces and home furnishings using practically every embellishment and craft technique imaginable. The collection of 25 projects is detailed in more than 170 photographs and clear step-by-step directions, each original design inspired by the author's years as a crafter and visual manager for the hip New York store, Anthropologie. An introductory course in all the basics of sewing, embroidery, crochet, felting, stenciling, and painting is featured, making embellishing such clothing and home accessories as a boho cover-up, a needle-felted shrug, trimmed skirts, jackets, sweaters, Tees, and tunics, as well as gorgeous glassware and chandeliers super-easy so that even beginners can embellish with confidence.--Product description.… (more)

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