This book is about adding surface decoration to plain knitted or crocheted backgrounds. The author approaches some of her 35 projects in a traditional way, others in a somewhat freeform manner, and provides a wealth of suggestions for creating textured surfaces in knitting and crochet, using fancy yarns, making your own braids and cords, using the collage technique -- and seeking design inspiration from computer programs -- all beautifully illustrated and explained in clear detail. There are also countless ways of using store-bought braids and trims, beads, buttons, lace inserts, and other found objects to create interesting surfaces. The projects include a host of smaller projects such as scarves, hats and neckpieces, and a number of beautiful shawls and tops. Each is decorated in a particular way, but you don?t have to use the same techniques, which means you have the freedom to choose your own decorative technique or to combine several to create your own unique result.