Book Review: Complete Embellishing

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susanstars Susan Beal, contributor
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Kaytes beaded and stitched lampshade is a delightful project.
Kayte offers tips on stitching or gluing flat-backed jewels.
This ribbon-wrapped set of accessories would be so much fun to wear.
Kayte offers step-by-step instructions for dozens of techniques, like sewing on beads.
Kaytes beaded and stitched lampshade is a delightful project.

Kayte's beaded and stitched lampshade is a delightful project.

Photo: Courtesy of Kayte Terry

Kayte Terry is a multi-talented lady: she creates a line of beautiful handmade pieces under the name Love Forever, works as a stylist for magazines, writes a fascinating craft/design/fashion blog, and contributes to our very own CraftStylish. And now she's written a new book, Complete Embellishing, that combines many of her varied talents into one fun, colorful, and inspiring collection. Kayte includes dozens of craft genres, from favorites like beading, knitting, embroidery, and crochet to more unusual things you don't see every day -- like potato printing, reverse applique, and embossing velvet. The tools and techniques section is filled with nicely photographed step-by-step instructions, and the 30+ projects are a tempting array of stylish housewares, garments and accessories.

Of course I was immediately drawn to the beading and jewelry-making ideas and I wanted to spotlight a few here. Kayte offers detailed how-tos for all of her types of crafts, but it was especially exciting to see her take on my favorites -- whether it's stitching on beads, buttons, or sequins, or gluing down flat-backed jewels, she has helpful, creative tips to share. She also transforms plain accessories with a delicate ribbon wrap, and adds monochromatic beaded trim to transform a lampshade, to mention two of her many other multi-genre projects.

You can find Complete Embellishing on Amazon, and don't miss her flickr pool for the book. For even more inspiration, check out Kayte's posts here on CraftStylish.


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