I had the chance to check out Complete Embellishing Techniques and Projects by Kayte Terry. I have a little inside scoop that Kayte used to work as a visual manager for Anthropologie and you can see this reflected in the book. Her projects will make things that look more expensive than they were. Kayte also has an excellent blog and Etsy shop at thisisloveforever.com.
The book is spiral bound so it’s easy to keep it open in front of yourself as you work. The book starts with basic instructions for sewing (hand and machine), sculpting fabric, embroidery, crochet, felting and needle felting, beads, baubles and sequins, applique, fabric printing, and etching glass. The templates you’ll need are printed in the back of the book in black and white so you can scale them up or down on a copy machine.
The projects are grouped into garments, accessories and home furnishings. Each project has a list of materials and step by step instructions including any tips that might be helpful. The photography and instructions are clear and easy to follow. I’m finding myself inspired to pull out some clothes I haven’t work in a while and see that I can do.
Plenty of the projects don’t require a sewing machine, making them good for apartment dwellers that don’t have enough space. The projects for garments seem perfect for doing with thrifted or second hand clothing and I can easily see myself at Thriftko hunting for a cardigan or skirt that would be perfect for embellishing.