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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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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1st edition (March 31 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307450570
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307450579
  • Product Dimensions: 22.3 x 3.4 x 28.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
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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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I just purchased this book yesterday and am very pleased with it. There are lots of beautiful colour pictures and the instructions are clear and concise. The crafts covered are beautiful and, for the most part, don't require expensive/hard to find tools and materials. Many of the projects are things you could whip up in a spare afternoon.

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
Beading
Block Printing
Botanical Pressing
Botanical Printing
Calligraphy
Candlemaking
Clay
Decoupage
Etching Glass
Fabric Flowers
Gilding
Glittering
Jewelry Making
Marbleizing
Matting and Framing
Mosaics
Nature Crafts
Origami and Paper Folding
Painting China and Glass
Paper Cutting and Punching
Paper Flowers and Birds
Photo Crafts
Pom Pom Animals
Quilling
Rope Crafts
Rubber Stamping
Silkscreening
Soap Making
Tin Punching
Wirework
Wreaths

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).
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fully admit it - I'm a big fan of Martha Stewart's crafting projects. I was given a subscription for Martha Stewart Living Magazine for Christmas a couple of years ago and have kept every issue. But that one year is just a fraction of what appears in this new release from Random House Canada. It covers 17 years of craft content from the magazine packed into 32 chapters!

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.
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I bought this book thinking I was going to be able to do a little bit more with it. With that said all of the projects have great detailed instructions and I love that in the back there are patterns that you can use, I have used many of them for different projects.

I do reccommend this book to fellow crafters out there!!
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This book is packed with ideas, beautiful pictures, great ideas, all bound up in a quality book. There is so much information I see something new each time I crack it open. The projects a top notch & simple to follow. This book is an amazing gift for any crafter.
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Got this as a surprise for my wife, she loves it. This book is full of great ideas and pictures. The pictures let you know who far off you were with your attempt!
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I love my Martha Stewart books. I'm a big fan of trying new crafts all the time, this book has given me so many ideas. Many ideas that I also twist and turn and make my own. I'm a great crafter, but for some reason I lack imagination, and I need a visual book to help me along. This book is a great staple in any crafters book collection!
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By emilie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Sept. 26 2013
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The projects are good for someone used to DIY projects. techniques are well described for an intermediate or advance level in theses kind of projects; I would not recommand it to a beginner. It is well illustrated and the projects are fun.
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This new Martha Stewart book is a wonderful addition to any craft library however i felt it lacked quite a lot of ideas. Some chapters are very brief and with all the extensive years of collecting craft projects, I thought there would be more to the book. For example the soap making chapter is really brief and in the past she's had brilliant projects in Living that show how to make bath fizzies, scented salts and soaps. I guess if she used everything the book would be in volumes (not such a bad idea!) but all in all it's a great book begin with.
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