Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration Hardcover – Mar 31 2009
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About the Author
Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the successful daily syndicated television show. Martha Stewart Living magazine was first published in 1990. Over the years, more than three dozen books have been published by its editors. The crafts website is marthastewartcrafts.com.
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While there are a lot of crafts covered this is by no means an encyclopedia. I was expecting things like knitting, crochet, embroidery, etc. but none of these are included. I must say I wasn't too disappointed by this. This book shows you how to dabble in crafts that are a bit less common (at least in my experience) without investing too much time or money. The crafts included are:
Albums, Scrapbooks, and Memory Boxes
Matting and Framing
Origami and Paper Folding
Painting China and Glass
Paper Cutting and Punching
Paper Flowers and Birds
Pom Pom Animals
The major downside to this book, like most Martha books, is that all of the projects have previously been printed in Martha Stewart Living. This book is still nice to have if you want all the projects in one easy to access place or if you don't buy the magazine regularly. However, if you've been a regular subscriber for years chances are you've already seen most of these projects (for instance, I've been subscribing about a year and a half now and I'm familiar with about 30+ of the projects).
I have been reading (drooling over) Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts for the last couple of weeks, savoring every last page (and there's over 400 pages!)
Each craft has an overview, the supplies needed, very explicit step by step instructions and many projects incorporating the techniques. All are accompanied by absolutely gorgeous full colour photos.
Many of the ideas presented are updated techniques on historical crafts such as candle making, soap making and quilling to name a few. Although some crafts may seem daunting on first view, they really aren't. I'm thinking of making candles for Christmas gifts next year. I could tin punch some holders for them. And then use stencilled gift wrap, stamped cards, origami boxes and calligraphic notes from other chapters to package them!
I've enjoyed working with stained glass before, but haven't tried my hand at glass etching. There are some great ideas for starting small with tumblers and working your way up to mirrors and hanging pieces.
Some of the ideas are so simple and yet so visually stunning. I loved the framed pressed botanicals. Sun prints were something I'd never heard of before. Using light sensitive paper, you burn the image in reverse and use it for a variety of designs.
Some of the chapters use newer techniques.Read more ›
I do reccommend this book to fellow crafters out there!!
Most recent customer reviews
Gives clear easy instructions for many basic and classic crafts.Published 12 months ago by Christine Renaud
This books is a great starting point for how to do something or for inspiration. It's a great addition to my home 'reference' library.Published on May 1 2013 by DJHW
If you love crafts you will love this book. This is no childs craft book it will lovely articles you will be proud to display/use in your home. Read morePublished on June 24 2009 by J. Langford
Gorgeous photos, great descriptions. A wonderfully detailed book on a large variety of crafts. What you would expect of a Martha Stewart production.Published on May 29 2009 by A. Hoffus