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Book Description

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.

- 25 projects
-170 photographs
- Easy-to-follow step-by-step directions
- An introductory course in all the basics of sewing, embroidery, crochet, felting, stenciling, and painting
- Features 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.

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25 projects (garments, accessories, and home furnishings) with fresh, hip style

Over 170 full-color photographs

All the easy teps needed for embellishing—from sewing, beading, trimming, embroidering, stenciling, crocheting, felting, photo transferring, and much, much more!

Comprehensive course in all the embellishing basics, including essential tools and techniques

Professional tips and secrets


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Product Details

  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Home Arts; 1st edition (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580114016
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580114011
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kayte Terry has been making things for her entire life. As a kid, she and her mom were always making costumes, baking cookies and constructing elaborate dioramas.

Today, Kayte works as a stylist, writer and all-around crafty lady living in Brooklyn, NY. Kayte worked as a Visual Manager at Anthropologie in New York City for five years, overseeing all merchandising and displays in the stores and assisting the Corporate Visual teams with Store Openings and Press Previews.

Kayte contributes as a stylist and crafter for magazines such as Adorn, Cutting Edge, Craft Stylish, Crochet Today, Parents and Quick and Simple. She was the fashion and prop stylist for Diana Rupp's popular sewing book, Sew Everything Workshop and contributed a project to Susan Beals' recently released book, Bead Simple. Kayte is a weekly contributor to Craft and has contributed articles to HGTV Ideas magazine,, CRAFT zine and the Storque on Kayte continues to freelance for Anthropologie, working on holiday displays and special projects.

Kayte has a small line of crafts called This is Love Forever that she sells on Etsy, at craft fairs such as Renegade Craft Fair and the Bust Craftacular and through selected boutiques. Almost everything Kayte makes is one of a kind; she loves to try new things and has sold everything from jewelry and pincushions to altered vintage clothing and plush fabric food. This is Love forever is also the name of Kayte's blog, where she showcases her own work as well as other she finds inspiring. This is Love Forever gets over 1000 hits a day.

Kayte has always been a dedicated member of the crafting and design community. She was a founding member of the Department of Craft, a New York based design collective that includes Megan Nicolay, author of Generation T and Enid Crow, an accomplished fine art photographer. She was also the fashion show coordinator for LadyFestEast, a grassroots festival founded to support women in the arts. Currently, Kayte is an active member of the New New Etsy team where her responsibilities include editing the blog and coordinating advertising for their craft fairs. She also works with several other craft groups to throw monthly Craft on Draught parties, where they teach and assist people with their craft projects.

Kayte's most exciting project to date is her first book, Complete Embellishing published in July 2008 from UK publisher Collins and Brown. Featuring thirty-five embellishing projects for apparel, accessories and home, complete Embellishing really shows off Kayte's range of crafty knowledge and her vintage yet sophisticated aesthetic.

Kayte is currently working on her second book, Applique Your Way and a companion craft kit, both due in fall 2009 from Chronicle Books.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By D. Maciel on July 22, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
Very doable projects.Gorgeouse photos and styling to inspire creativity and I was actualy wowed at the re-use ideas.
I actualy pulled out a skirt that still had tags on it-that I decided just didnt suit me-and cut it up,did this adorable bird applique(in about 2hrs!) and I have worn it twice already!That skirt had been sitting in the closet with tags on for a year!
The instructions and diagrams are very clear.I think this book would suit a lot of people,weather new or seasoned sewers/crafters/revampers/embelishers of clothing or new at it.It has a lot to offer.Again.I LOVE the pictures!
Oh AND the hard cover with the spiral bound pages inside was a big plus for me.The pages stay open so I can refer to it while working o my project!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Cherrybomb VINE VOICE on January 16, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
Some books are eye-candy and some are How-To manuals. This book really falls in the How-To category, which surprised me because I expected it to be filled with luscious projects that I couldn't wait to duplicate. I had mixed feelings about the featured projects - though there are some lovely embellishments and some good ideas; it is more about the process of embellishment, rather than the end result itself. The style of the projects weren't all to my cup of tea but the way they were changed, enhanced and updated is what makes them interesting. I probably won't run out to recreate most of the projects (though the Lord and Lady Pillowcases and the Victoriana Cardigan are contenders) but I will definitely keep this book for the primer on applique techniques, beading, basic sewing, crochet and embroidery stitches, etc. Tons of useful information even if the final product photographed isn't what you might have chosen for yourself.

For me, that makes this a solid book - not just something to leaf through and keep on the coffee table, but something to use in the craft room, referring to for How-To advice and inspiration.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Lorelei Russ on July 29, 2008
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The market is flooded with a ton of craft books these days, but the projects rarely combine both excellent design and an inspired use of materials. Complete Embellishing really stands out because there are so many projects that tweak ho-hum things, like canvas bags, pillowcases, and sweaters, and transform them into something really special. I immediately wanted to make the Lord and Lady Pillowcases, how can you resist combining silhouettes and felt? Also, the photographs are gorgeous and the instructions are incredibly easy to follow, which is key with craft books. A must for any craft hound!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Francie Horton on July 9, 2009
Format: Spiral-bound
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By S. A. Reed on January 20, 2009
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I am very pleased with this book! The projects are unusual and the instructions are simple to follow. It includes a reference section of stitches and skills at the beginning that is helpful as you proceed to the projects.
I haven't actually followed an exact project, which may be what I like most of all! I found a few different ideas that I liked, but wanted something a little different. I combined/tweaked and have been able to remake two old cardigans and a skirt. These instructions give a great outline and inspiration, but you aren't bound to follow them only. I've been inspired by it many different ways, and everyone I've shared it with loves it too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Perkins on December 8, 2008
Format: Spiral-bound
I have never come across a book with a more appropriate title than Complete Embellishing: Techniques and Projects. Author Kayte Terry of the wondermous blog This is Love Forever and publisher Home Arts hit the nail on the head with the name. No embellishing stone is left unturned as the book covers everything from needle felting & potato stamping to stencils from freezer paper and glass etching. The book discusses techniques for wearables & home décor items. See I told you when they said complete embellishing they were not kidding.

From the moment I started flipping through the pages of Complete Embellishing my heart was going pitter patter. I have a bit of an addiction to craft books. First there was the fact that the book is spiral bound like a cook book, which I totally appreciate. There is nothing more frustrating than trying to follow instructions and hold a book open at the same time. The tools and techniques section of this book is 50 pages long. In most cases that might seem excessive but with Complete Embellishing I found the information indispensable. I can tell already that I will be using this book again and again as a reference while crafting. I was just getting ready to make some appliqué awesomeness happen and well what do ya know there are simple instructions in the book for basic and reverse appliqué. I have spent the weekend embroidering onesies barely conquering a basic split stitch and Complete Embellishing has 5 pages of tutorial for trickier moves like the feather stitch and ribbon embroidery. I'm gonna need more onesies.

Not just a reference book, Complete Embellishing is full of big colorful inspirational project pictures.
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