This is a fabulous collection of step-by-step designs for personalizing ready-made clothes with colourful, individual embellishments using simple embroidery, beading and applique, as well as some instant, no-sew ideas. The five chapters focus on different types of embellishments, including beads and sequins, ribbon and lace, patches and scraps, flowers and leaves, and wool. Each chapter has six step-by-step projects for embellishing clothing, followed by a double-page spread of ideas for accessories, such as belts, scarves, bags, hats and shoes. There are projects for making a corsage to pin to a jacket, adding ribbon to a camisole, ribbons around the edge of a cardigan, beaded motifs added to a sweater, or diamante studs added to jeans. Using basic T-shirts, jeans, blouses, skirts and sweaters that are readily-available and inexpensive to buy, these ideas for embellishments will make individual, must-have items for your wardrobe to help you stand out from the crowd.
Lucinda Ganderton is a talented and highly successful writer, designer and stylist. Having studied Fine Art Textiles at Goldsmiths College, London, she then worked as a producer and art director in video and TV production. From there she turned to writing and has now written or contributed to over 20 books on crafts, interiors and textiles, including The Encyclopedia of Stitches (published by New Holland), Vintage Fabric Style, Creating Your Perfect Wedding and Instant Expert Beading. She also contributes regularly to leading craft and lifestyle magazines. She lives in London with her husband and young son.