Friday, December 11, 2009

Giveaway & Guest Post from Kayte Terry of Applique Your Way!

Today on I am thrilled to present a post with Kayte Terry the author of Applique Your Way (out now through Chronicle Books)! You may already know Kayte from her blog, This is Love Forever, her abundance of cute and unique project tutorials on Craft Stylish, or perhaps through her first book Complete Embellishing. Her newest book is filled to the brim with amazing projects (that make great holiday gifts!) and precise directions with easy to use patterns. Did you know that the wonderfully talented Jennifer Causey did the photos for the book? It's such a lovely book that I  know you'll enjoy and reference often. I am so very excited to be included among many other talented artists and makers. In Applique Your Way you can learn how to make a Hooray banner of your own!

Kayte is here today to kick start her blog tour and share with us her favorite sources for craft supplies and other pretty things. aannnnd you can enter here today to win an copy of Applique Your Way! Just leave your name, last initial at least, and your email. Feel free to let us know your favorite supply sources as well! For now, here are Kayte's favorites! Get your link clicking finger ready..

Since I make things for a living, I have a tendency to do a lot of craft shopping and sourcing. I am definitely someone who buys what I love first and then figures out what to do with it. Of course, when I have a job to do, I just get what I need, but I think my natural inclination at craft stores is just to wander and get inspiration.
I buy a lot of things at flea markets and thrift stores so when I see it and I like it, I have to grab it. I buy tons of big craft lots on eBay and Etsy- they are some much fun to unpack because you never know what you are going to get!

But, I am also a huge fan of the independent specialized craft store and frequent them as much as my checkbook can afford me! Yes, they are a little bit pricier than the big box chains but the quality of their stuff is so much better and worth it in the long run.

Here are a few of my favorites:
A full-service jewelry supplier of metal, findings, and beads. Prepare to spend hours combing through the many bins of findings, vintage charms, and chains in every style imaginable.  

Purl Patchwork
One of my favorite fabric stores, Purl carries cottons from all the heavy-hitters like Denyse Schmidt and Amy Butler as well as some unusual Japanese imports and beautiful cotton solids in a million colors. They have a constantly changing inventory, so check in often and buy when you see something you really love.
I had the chance to visit VV Rouleaux last year, and it is an embellishment paradise! Gorgeous ribbons, silk flowers, tassels, and feathers abound in this luxe boutique.


Buttons, ribbons, sew-on jewels, and trims fill shelves from floor to ceiling in this well organized shop. I think M & J is a little slice of heaven. Remember to ask for prices before they start cutting as trims have a sneaky habit of getting very expensive. 
I also recommend starting at M & J and exploring everything else in the Garment District in New York. You never know what you will find.


Liberty of London
For many years, Liberty of London fabrics have been famous for their bright colors and gorgeous prints. This massive department store carries the entire Liberty fabric line as well as general sewing supplies, ribbon, and trims.

Known for its elaborate millinery flowers and vintage trims, Tinsel Trading is a favorite amongst NYC’s many photo stylists. Chests of drawers hold colorful charms and cabachons and bins are filled with vintage sequins. Don’t forget to check out The Shop Across the Street, Tinsel Trading’s outpost of ribbons, papers, and paper craft.
If you’re into sewing and you live in or plan to visit San Francisco, you have to visit Britex Fabrics. Their selection is amazing and extensive, though not cheap. It reminds me a lot of Mood Fabrics in New York and LA (
I just moved to Philly and was mourning the loss of my precious New York Garment District until I found out that I lived just a short walk from Fabric Row in Philly. Like everything compared to New York, it is quite a bit cheaper and less intimidating. You can find everything you need from notions and trim to fabric and sewing machine repair right here on 4th Street just below South Street. 

This Portland, Oregon shop is a treasure trove of vintage and new craft supplies, all priced to sell (I am not kidding, go to this store and shop your heart out!!). A couple of my Portland friends introduced me to this store and it is on my must-visit list every time I go west.

I just discovered this Montclair, NJ store a couple of months ago while on a work trip and I already can’t wait to get back there. The jewel-box of a shop is filled to the brim with everything from millinery flowers and leaves, vintage game pieces and rows and rows of ribbons. Everything is beautiful and precious- I felt like I died and went to my very own special heaven.

There you have it! Tons of fantastic sources to get you inspired and ready to create! Thank you so much, Kayte!
Keep on the look out at This Is Love Forever to find out where the next stop on the Applique Your Way blog tour will many surprises in store!
And don't forget that 1 lucky reader will be drawn to win a copy!
Leave your name, last initial, and email. 
Feel free to leave info on your favorite craft and inspiration sources, too!

You have until December 18th!

Be sure to tell your friends and feel free to post about this giveaway on your blog!


  1. this book looks great! hope I win!
    thank you :)

    Keren A.

  2. i would love to win this book!

    i love a lot of these same sources and some i haven't heard of but i would also say that i really like superbuzzy as well for fabrics and things like purse handles and cute japanese tchockes

  3. I love Kayte's blog and am excited to get my hands on a copy of her latest book! Great list of sources here...thanks!

  4. Shannon F.
    shannoncarman at yahoo dot com

    Lurking on the internet, my best ideas come from snooping!

  5. The book looks lovely!

    vanessa p.

  6. The projects in here look great. I would love to win a copy for my friend T who is studying in the States (and very crafty).

    Elissa C.

    elissa at iinet dot net dot au

  7. Love your blog! Thanks for hosting the contest!!

    Mary L. S.]

  8. Great resources!
    Would love the book too... Alicia A.
    superfluousyou at yahoo dot com

  9. oh wow the book looks lovely!

    sara d.

  10. Oh, oh! What a delightful giveaway! I would adore that book - just another way to fill my days with crafting. Which would make me quite happy, actually.


    Kerri W.

  11. I would love to win! You know my email, haha.

    The Tinsel Trading shop looks soooooooooo lovely!


  12. Wonderful list of craft sources.

    My favorite look is vintage so one of my sources of inspiration is old needlework magazines, sewing books, vintage ephemera. Just yesterday I found a box full of old holiday booklet stickers at an antique store. The owner sold me the whole box (about 40 booklets) at just over 62% off. I'll keep at least one of each intact but will use others that already have some missing.

    Please enter me in the drawing for this very interesting looking book.

    Carla H.

  13. thanks for this. i will post about it tomorrow on gathering spriggs! happy holidays to you!
    heather s.

  14. I've been wanting this!
    Brittney W.

  15. Oh, how exciting! I have been wanting this book and added it to my Christmas wish list. Congratulations on being included in the book!

    Amy K.

  16. I hope I win! This looks so fun.

    B. Lyons

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  18. thanks for considering me to win the book, it looks great. i love your blog. your style is impeccable. and looking at your mom's shop...well, i see where it comes from! :)

    rebecca p.
    poorlola at yahoo dot com

  19. I would love to win this wonderful giveaway!!!

    i am also hosting a giveaway at my blog

  20. Thanks for this awesome chance!

    Melanie D.

  21. What a perfect book for the New Year and new crafting plans and projects!

    Thank you for featuring her!

    Bronwen M.
    bronwenmark AT gmail DOT com

  22. Ooo, I'd love a copy.

    Ambika B.

    suitablyironicmoniker AT gmail DOT com

  23. This is a great post! I'm hoping to check out Tinsel Trading Co. someday :)
    Sunshine D.

  24. I'd love to win this! I saw this over at Heather's Gathering Spriggs. I'm just learning applique and always interested to find new projects that might be easier than the massive quilt I decided to tackle first!

    chicgeekdesigns AT gmails DOT come

  25. Awesome giveaway! Found out about it through Gathering Spriggs. Looks like such a fun book!

  26. love it! thanks for the opportunity!
    jennifer y.

  27. i am in desparate need of crafting ideas. i just love them. thanks so much for the giveaway!

    my current source for crafting ideas is actually blogland. I don't have any hard copy sources.

    Jen B.

  28. Janet L.

  29. I'm always up for a giveaway! Meagan B. mgraciej at gmail

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  31. Oh this book looks awesome. I hope I win!
    Danielle H
    canamharris at hotmail dot com

  32. My local hospice shops occasionally have a one-of-a-kind treasure for a project. ~H

  33. This book looks so good. I wan to learn these techniques.


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  35. I love books. I love making things. A book about making things- heaven!

  36. I'm always walking around Anthropologie thinking, "I could maybe make that." This book looks like the inspiration I need to stop dreaming and do it! I would LOVE to win Kayte's book.

    Betsy Z.

  37. This is so wonderful!

    Natalia P.


  38. I love surfing through all the crafty blogs and getting inspiration! Would love the book.
    Janell H.

  39. thanks to Kayte for having a blog tour and introducing me to this site. i LOVE finding new crafty blogs to check out. i hope i win!

  40. Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I would love to win a copy!
    ~Reyna M


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