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book: Complete Embellishing

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

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.

· comments [13] · 08-14-2008 · categories:books · craft ·

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  • 1 Petunia // Aug 14, 2008 at 8:56 am

    I love this book!

  • 2 Jess // Aug 14, 2008 at 11:26 am

    Just flipped through this book last night, and it’s amazing! The projects are interesting and fun, and most of them would make great gifts.

  • 3 celia // Aug 15, 2008 at 1:10 am

    Lately I’ve seen so many posts regarding this book. I think I have to have it now!; lol…

  • 4 Tracey // Aug 15, 2008 at 4:33 am

    Oh, that looks like a great book. I particularly like the look of the scarf. Prettttty!

  • 5 Beth // Aug 15, 2008 at 7:23 am

    Love that shirt on the front cover! Looks like a fabulous book!

  • 6 Angela // Aug 17, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Oh my that book looks amazing! I have to get it! Thanks for bringing it to my attention.

  • 7 Starr // Aug 18, 2008 at 2:01 pm

    I would love this book!

  • 8 Emily // Aug 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm

    This book looks awesome! but :( thriftko is gone! Unless there is a secret one that I don’t know about. The thriftko on 85th gave me many years of awesome cheap finds, and usually had the best yarn art ever.

  • 9 Janet // Aug 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm

    Looks like a beautiful book! I would love it!

  • 10 Janice // Aug 18, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I can’t wait to see this book – and would love to win it! This looks amazing and can’t wait to try some projects out of it.

  • 11 Janice // Aug 18, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    This book looks amazing and can’t wait to get it – even better if i win it!

  • 12 Anjelica // Aug 19, 2008 at 5:10 pm

    I need this! My life has been so dull lately–I need a little inspiration to get my crafty side back into full gear ;)

  • 13 Eileen Teo // Aug 23, 2008 at 8:34 am

    Of the many blog entries about Kayte’s book, this one definitely has the best pictures (a good variety and showing open book with spiral binding) and attention to detail in the writing. Thanks!

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