kaytet

kayte terry, Brooklyn, NY, US
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I am a stylist/ crafter and writer living in Brooklyn, NY.
I love crafting and have tried pretty much anything you can think of!
My first book, Complete Embellishing,came out in July 2008, published by Collins and Brown. My new book called Appliqué Your Way by Chronicle Books with be released in the fall of 2009.

Follow me on Twitter: loveforeverblog

craft interests: embroidery, fashion, gifts, holidays, home decorating, jewelry making, memory making, paper crafts, quilting, restyle, sewing

my etsy page:
http://loveforever.etsy.com

Gender: Female

Birthday: 10/20/1976

Member Since: 05/13/2008

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How to Make a Mosaic with Your Old Plastic

Expired credit cards, used gift cards, and outdated insurance cards aren't of much use to anyone! Unless you cut them up and make them into a colorful, sparkly mosaic. Here's a tutorial for covering a frame with your old cards.

How to Make a Spring Centerpiece for the Birds

This modern spring centerpiece brings a little bit of the outdoors in with handmade nests, fabric-covered twigs, birds, and candy eggs.

How to Make Holly Holiday Cards

Craft up some cute holly cards with a technique inspired by traditional quilting.

How to Make Leaf-Print Napkins for Your Holiday Table

Here's a simple introduction to printmaking. There's no cutting out stencils or stamps; all you have to do is collect some beautiful fallen leaves!

How to Make a Patchwork Laptop Case

Protect your laptop in a pretty padded pouch.

How to Make Twirly Butterfly Cards for Spring

Paper butterflies in pretty prints really pop out of brightly colored greeting cards!

Make a Good Luck Rabbit Key Chain That Even a Rabbit Can Love

Remember those lucky rabbit foot key chains? Well, here's a cute variation that you can sew, minus the creepy rabbit foot part.

How to Make Papier Mache Bowls with Your Holiday Leftovers

After all the presents have been wrapped, opened, and put away, bags and bags of tissue and wrapping paper end up in the recycling bins or, worse, the garbage. Here's a way to use all that stuff to make artful papier mache bowls!

How to Make a Modern Centerpiece Using Natural Materials

Make a fabulous fall centerpiece with some items gathered from your yard, some craft supplies, and a little ingenuity.

How to Stitch Up a Felt Needle Book

No more looking around for the right needle! Keep all your different types of needles organized in this cute little felt needle book.

Make It: Cork-Square Inspiration Board

Here's a quick way to custom-make an inspiration board with cork squares. Add as many squares as you want to fit on your wall.

How to Make a Stacked-Button Necklace

Most of the time we look at buttons from the front, but what to do when you have a whole bunch of not-so-exciting buttons? Stack them up and make some accessories!

How to Make an Apple-Print Tote Bag

Tote your groceries in style with this cute bag printed with real apples. Printmaking doesn't get any easier than this!

How to Make a Stitches and Stripes Tote Bag

Dress up this versatile bag with stripes and stitches to create a customized look.

How to Make a Butterfly Mobile

Butterflies cut from cotton fabrics flutter and twirl on this simple-to-make mobile.

Make Your Loved Ones Something Sweet for Valentine's Day

Make a batch of cookies and wrap them up crafty-style for Valentine's Day!

Applique a Throw Pillow

Create beautiful geometric designs to embellish your throw pillows.

Make It: Potato Printed Giftwrap

Make this handprinted graphic wrapping paper with potatoes, kraft paper, and colorful ink!

Make a Sparkling Centerpiece

Capture the wonder of winter with a glittering arrangement of branches and icicle ornaments.

Kayte Terry Interviews Cal Patch

Kayte talks to Cal about writing books, inspiration, and life in the country.

How to Make Lacy Hairpins

Hairpins made with lace and embellished with sparkly sequins or pretty pearls are a perfect accent for a fashionable bride.

How to Make a Something Old, Something New Ring Pillow

Craft a patchwork ring pillow that incorporates something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue!

How to Make an Artful Scarf from Scraps

Make an evening-worthy scarf or shawl from scraps of ribbons and fabrics.

How to Make a Light out of a CD Spindle

Turn a CD spindle destined for the landfill into a modern, little lamp with some simple tools and transparency paper.

Shop Local at the Spring Handmade Cavalcade!

The Etsy {New New} team is at it again with a spring craft fair this May!

How to Turn Your Glass Bottles into Modern Bud Vases

Dig through your recycling bin for glass bottles to make these pretty little etched vases.

How to Make Button-Embellished Cards

Buttons aren't just for sewing on fabric. Here they add dimension and originality to stationery!

How to Make a Covered-Button Cardigan

Pretty fabric, some covered-button kits, and a little ribbon are all it takes to transform a plain-Jane cardigan into something truly special.

How to Make a Collar Necklace with Button Bling

Loads of buttons look like jewels on this stunning statement-making collar necklace!

How to Make a Drawstring Dog Print Bag

This cute drawstring bag is easy to make and adorable to boot! You'll be out walking the dog in style!

How to Make a Mouse Toy for Your Favorite Cat

This felt mouse toy is the perfect treat for your favorite cat. Fill it with catnip or jingle bells and get ready for hours of feline fun.

Wear Your Favorite Animal Close to Your Heart

This simple appliqué T-shirt spells out your love for a favorite pet or animal for all the world to see!

Making It Pretty at CHA

Cute bits of craftiness at CHA.

How to Make Dangly Earrings with Magazine Pages

A couple pages of a magazine, some glue, and a few jewelry findings are all you need to make these stunning, modern earrings!

A Crafty Retreat in the Woods

Twice a year, some of my crafty friends and I depart the city for a long weekend of crafting in the Catskill Mountains.

How to Make Heart Sachet Sets

These pretty sachets are filled with the soothing scent of lavender, perfect for stashing in dresser drawers.

How to Make Appliqued Undies for Your Sweetie

Simple embroidery and fabric appliqués on a pair of boxers are the perfect gift for the special man on your list.

How to Make Flower Hairpins for the Holidays!

Hair accessories are the perfect gift for friends, coworkers, nieces, even Secret Santas! These pretty hairpins are easy to make, and you can whip up a whole bunch of them in an afternoon.

Join Me at the Handmade Holiday Cavalcade!

Bust out your shopping carts because on December 6, 2008, the Holiday Handmade Cavalcade is taking over the Knitting Factory!

Make It: Crafty Mini-Wreaths

Make these cute and festive wreaths with your crafty scraps and items from the recycling bin!

How to Make Felt Napkin Rings for Your Holiday Table

Stitch up a group of felt napkin rings in autumnal colors. Add a decorative button for vintage flair.

Accent Your Home Décor with Ribbons!

Ribbons aren't just for fashion; they are a pretty embellishment in the home, too! Learn how to weave ribbons with this easy how-to.

How to Make a Ribbon Belt in 15 Minutes!

Fashion yourself a quick and stylish velvet ribbon belt by following this tutorial.

Make a Prize-Ribbon Pin

Make your own prize-ribbon pins from grosgrain ribbon. Wear one on your sweater or give it to someone you think deserves a little recognition!

How to Make a Patchwork Cozy for Your French Press

Keep your coffee warm and your French press protected with this striped patchwork cozy!

How to Make a Felted Bird Mobile

Learn how to make a simple mobile of a flock of felt birds in flight.

Make It: Lacy Headband

Hair accessories are all the rage right now. Sure, you could buy one in a store, but I'll show you how easy it is to make your own!

The Handmade Cavalcade Is Coming to Beacon, New York

Bust out your shopping carts because on September 13, 2008, the Handmade Cavalcade is coming to town!

Save That Sweater!

Even if your favorite sweater is full of holes or all stretched out, you can give it a new life with embellishments or simple sewing. Try some of these techniques just in time for Fall!

Crafty Shopping in NYC

A day of crafty shopping in the Big Apple.

Indie Fixx Craft-off

Indie Fixx is having a craft-off to celebrate their 2nd anniversary!

How to Make Cards and Tags with Stripes and Dots

Make these graphic cards and tags with items you already have lying around the house.

Shopping for Craft Supplies at Flea Markets

There are many unexpected places to find craft supplies for your projects. A day at Stormville Flea Market in New York yielded lots of new things for my crafty stash.

Beating Crafty Burnout

Sometimes the best way to move forward with a crafty idea is to take a step back and take a break.

A Little Primer on Japanese Craft Books

Japanese craft books, known for their irreverent photography and quirky projects, are a big hit with today's crafters. I'll tell you where to find them!

The Hyberbolic Crochet Coral Reef

Christina and Margaret Wertheim want you to think about our disappearing coral reefs and they're doing it with crochet.

Review: Nathalie Lete at Anthropologie

Artist and designer Nathalie Lété recently had a show at the Anthropologie gallery in Rockefeller Center and blogger Kayte Terry was there to cover the artsy event.

A Day at the Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn gets its own weekly flea market—200 vendors of vintage clothing and housewares, crafts, and delicious food!

Shop Tour: Treehouse, Brooklyn, NY

An interview with Siri, one of the owners of the indie boutique Treehouse in Brooklyn NY.


recent comments

Re: How to Make a Modern Centerpiece Using Natural Materials

Texasphan- Normally I don't respond to comments such as yours but if you don't like it, leave it at that. Don't tell me I should be "ashamed of myself". And please don't post comments in all caps. I don't like to be yelled at and I don't like to be called a young lady by anyone other than my grandmother. I have a pretty prominent job in the design world and I have been doing it and doing it well for a decade. I just look young.
This project was featured on design*sponge as well so I guess somebody likes it...

Re: How to Make a Patchwork Laptop Case

hey cookies 13- it's not piping- just the color of the lining on the inside.
i like a bit of it to peak out so when i topstitch, it just flatten it out that way to sew.

Re: Zipper Tape Necklace

wow, what has happened to craft stylish? all that community stuff just went right out the window huh?
nikki, i think this is really cool. i work for a large retailer that sells some crazy awesome jewelry and we would totally buy this and sell it for 300 bucks.
just because you don't like it or wouldn't wear it doesn't make something ugly. it's just not your taste. this is probably a little more cutting edge than what a lot of people are used to- i can see it going over very well in brooklyn.
i like it and would totally wear it.

Re: How to Make a Patchwork Laptop Case

churunga- Sorry you feel that way. I like the colors, so to each her own i guess. You can really use any color story you would like and also make it more of a patchwork.
The fabric is not waterproof because I try not to use plastic in my sewing but it is washable. I have one of my own that I also made and have washed it before. Good as new right out of the wash.

Re: How to Crochet Bridal Jewelry

linda this i so pretty! i might do this the lazy way and use a doily but yours is gorgeous!!!

Re: How to Make a Something Old, Something New Ring Pillow

hi wannasew-
i don't think you need quilting experience for this just some quilting tools. if you want to make this super simple, you can just cut four equal 4" squares and sew them together.
the most important parts of this project are ironing (make sure to press the seams in the direction of the darker fabric) and cutting (the rotary cuter and quilting ruler make for very easy perfect squares).
i think that just jumping in to a small project like this is a good way to start learning patchwork. it really only takes an hour or two and if you screw it up, then you can easily try try again!

Re: How to Make an Artful Scarf from Scraps

Hey Jennie C- Yes, I used Solvy by Sulky. It's strange that they don't advertise the ironing as a feature on the website but they do have instructions for it in the package.
Good luck!!

Re: How to Make an Artful Scarf from Scraps

hey sunchile-
believe it or not, we have no crafty chain stores here in New York, so I'm not sure. The most popular brand name from water soluble stabilizer is Solvy by the company Sulky. I guess i would just say to call ahead and see. They should definitely have it at Joann.

Re: How to Make a Recycled Clothespin Bag

such a great idea! i love the giant rick-rack!

Re: Go Outside and Get Naturally Crafty

I love Patrick Dougherty! His work is so beautiful!

Re: How to Make an Apple-Print Tote Bag

thanks ladies!

Re: How to Make Button-Embellished Cards

thanks guys! they were super-fun to make!

Re: How to Embroider Your Own Buttons

so lovely!!! the detail is just awesome!
and mscraftypants, that's a great idea!

Re: How to Make a Covered-Button Bracelet and Ring Set

super-cute susan!
and thanks for the shout-out!

Re: How to Make a Covered-Button Cardigan

thanks ladies!
ooh half price cashmere sweaters!!! sign me up!

Re: How to Make a Woven Button Coaster

linda that's great! i saw bowls made this way at a museum and thought the same thing. but you actually made them!!!

Re: How to Embellish a Frame: Starring Kayte Terry on Etsy

Thanks for putting this up Michaela!
I hope you guys like it!

Re: How to Make a Mouse Toy for Your Favorite Cat

hey cal-
i'm going to give them to her this weekend so we'l see...

jnjewel- i totally agree! i think it's much safer to make toys yourself. i made sure to use all natural materials (cotton and wool) making these because I don't want my pets eating anything weird and plastic!

Re: How to Make a Drawstring Dog Print Bag

hey smartstyle!
not too long, i did it in an afternoon (but i also had to design the pattern, so that's a big extra step!). but if you want to cut some steps you can either do the stencil on a pre-made bag or use printed material for the bag and skip the stencil part.
also, keep in mind that the freezer-paper stencils work on anything and it's a really easy way to print on clothing, home decor, accessories, etc, so you can take the stenciling technique and use it for something else!

Re: How to Make a Mouse Toy for Your Favorite Cat

rubykitty- that's such a sweet idea!!

Re: How to Decoupage a Tray

lovely!
i just bought some of that really great snakeskin paper from kate's paperie to do something very similar in my living room!

Re: Etsy Hearts Erika Kern: We Know the Feeling

yay erika! what a talent!!!

Re: Create Note Cards Starring Your Pet

these are great!!

Re: How to Make Heart Sachet Sets

ritaprojecta-
i buy my lavender from the san franscisco herb company, which does mailorder but you can also get it at health food stores.

Re: How to Make a Recycled Dog Sweater

oh gertie looks so flipping cute in that sweater!
great tutorial too!

Re: How to Restyle a T-Shirt into a Ruffly Cardigan

this is totally great! i am going to make this!

Re: How to Sew a Fabric Bowl

hah! and i was so excited by the bowl that i didn't even notice the pincushion that i gave you!!

Re: How to Sew a Fabric Bowl

this is so great linda! i am so glad you posted the instructions!!!

Re: Crafting through Grief

Jennifer- I am so sorry to hear about Mac Dady. What a handsome devil he was.
Losing a pet is so hard. I don't have kids so my pets are really family. Crafting is so healing for me too. It's very soothing to get lost in a meditative craft.

Re: How to Turn '80s Sweaters into Fashionable Floor Cushions

so great! i need to make some floor pillows too and this is a good idea!

Re: How to Sew Pouches to Organize Your Life

i love pouches!
great ideas, especially the zipper one!

Re: How to Make Holly Holiday Cards

eveh- i love the candy cane idea and yes, valentines day cards would be cute too!
palady- i have made envelope before from all sorts of things. you can either get an envelop template (they have them at craft stores often) or take apart an envelope and make a template from that. have fun!

Re: How to Make Heart Sachet Sets

eiluj- i love the catnip idea!

Re: Marie Claire Has a Craft Magazine?

i've been a subscriber for a few years now and i treasure my marie claire magazine collection. i subscribe through amazon. it's super-pricey but worth the splurge!

Re: Prize-Ribbon Pins

amazing!!! look at all those beautiful ribbons!

Re: Make It: Crafty Mini-Wreaths

to everyone who commented about the problems with printing: the issue appears to have been fixed. i am so sorry for the inconvenience!

Re: How to Make Flower Hairpins for the Holidays!

secretsugar- i'm glad you like them! i think they're a great gift for girls of all ages!

Re: How to Make a Modern Centerpiece Using Natural Materials

rebecka-
that looks great! i love the colors you chose and the extra sewing accent!

Re: How to Edge a Napkin (or Anything Else) with Crochet

thanks for the shout-out! this is so so cute!

Re: How to Make a Basic Sweater Something Special

this is just lovely! and it looks great on you!

Re: Make a Prize-Ribbon Pin

jamikath and tamdoll- i love that you both came up with such different uses for these! so great!

Re: Make It: Crafty Mini-Wreaths

msparrow- hmmm...not quite sure what would have happened in the printing. i don't really know what the problem would be so let me find out from the web people and see if something weird happened.

Re: How to Embellish with Crochet Inserts

so pretty! i love little details like this!

Re: How to Make a Patchwork Cozy for Your French Press

in his path, i am a big tea person, so i promise i will come up with a tea cozy project for you!!!

Re: How to Make Felt Napkin Rings for Your Holiday Table

hey crafty gal-
here are a few places to get wool felt:
http://www.prairiepointjunction.com/woolfeltcentral.html
and http://www.magiccabin.com/magiccabin/product.do?section_id=0&bc=1004&pgc=185&cmvalue=MCD|0|Normal%20Search%20Result|P1

i think they both have great felt! you can use craft store felt too but it's not as durable.
another solution is to make your own felt by throwing wool sweaters in the wash on hot and then in the dryer.

hope that helps!

Re: A Crafty Girl's Bachelorette Party

That's so cool and very helpful for a bride! I am flattered you were inspired by my cards!
I decided to make my own thank you cards for my wedding and it was quite an undertaking. I wish i had recruited some friends to help!

Re: How to Make an Easy Needlepoint Gift Box

so cute diane! i would love to try this sometime!

Re: Accent Your Home Décor with Ribbons!

thanks guys! my only suggestion sofia is to make sure you get ribbon with a little stretch if your lampshade has any curve to it!

Re: Shopping for Fuzzy Bear Hats with My New Friend Bill Murray

that is totally totally amazing!!!
so jealous! i want to walk around wearing fuzzy bear hats with bill murray. did you guys make a date to meet some time in the future?

Re: How to Sew a Machine Blindstitch Hem

thanks cal! i always handstitch my hems and it takes forever!

Re: How to Make a Patchwork Cozy for Your French Press

thanks guys!
jen- one of the best parts of doing tutorials all the time is having an excuse to have pretty nails!

Re: How to Create Textured Textiles with Felting

i love this! if i ever have time to craft for myself again, i'm totally going to try this!

Re: How to Make a Stuffed Buche de Noel (Part 1)

cute! i love yule logs! i made one for the holidays last year!

Re: How to Stitch Up a Felt Needle Book

i totally agree! i love when someone takes an idea i had and adapts it to their needs! it's so cool to see what people come up with!

Re: How to Make Flowers Using a Vintage Flower Loom

i love these!
i was wearing my loomed flower hairpins yesterday!

Re: How to Make a Belt and Use Quilting for Your Fashion Inspiration

i love this!!! such a great idea

Re: Make It: Lacy Headband

oh thanks! i have made quite a few of these now and i really love making them!

Re: Wee Girl

that is so so adorable!

Re: Beating Crafty Burnout

thanks for your responses ladies!
it's always interesting to hear about what other people do when they hit a crafty wall.
jen-i totally cleaned out my closet when i was on deadline for my book! i just couldn't focus until it was done!

Re: A Little Primer on Japanese Craft Books

oh i'm so glad i inspired you! i just love japanese craft books!

Re: Live Crafty How-Tos at Etsy All Month!

thanks for the shout-out susan!!

Re: Spinning a Spider Web...Sort Of

linda, this is amazing!