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Complete Embellishing: Techniques and Projects Spiral-bound – July 1, 2008

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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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Get Creative with Fabrics

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: #1,907,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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!
LOVE IT!
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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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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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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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I have already used one of the ideas on the SAME day I got the book in the mail...it is simple bird that is a basic reverse applique which I put onto a long denim skirt that the washer had decided to eat on me. I outlined it further with some variegated yarn that I had instead of the skipped stitch that they showed. I used some pretty kimono silk (really pretty variegation) that I had for the actual applique. Overall, there are not any ideas that are HARD in here although there are a couple that are a tiny bit dated or just not anything that I'd wear/use but I does spark more creative ideas :)
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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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