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Complete Embellishing: Techniques and Projects Spiral-bound – July 1, 2008
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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!
To be more specific about the how-to section, as an example, in the crochet section, instead of having patterns for tiny roses and leaves and stems, they had page after page of nothing but basic crochet stitches. So it is not 'how to use crochet for embellishing', it is 'how to crochet'. In the one crochet related project, a couple of small flowers were added to a headband, but so much more could have been done, if the reader is shown what they can do with it.
Also not mentioned, are using items like glitter, feathers, shells, and tiny ornaments. Very little is said about using buttons or the huge number of decorative buttons that are out there. So much more could be done with beading. Or simply using yarn, etc. I would have loved lots of pictures of examples of things, but very little in the way of examples were shown except for specific projects. Which brings me to the projects. I love artistic and creative art- especially folk art, but almost all of the projects made me wonder who on earth would want to try to reproduce that exact project or even anything similar.
I buy a huge number of books, and never ever return them- I can find something good in all of them. But this one is NOT a keeper, despite the low cost and the fact that I will have to pay for a box and shipping to return it. I think young teens who love to be artistic and have very little background in the basics could get a lot out of the book, but it does not seem geared toward the older adult.
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.