Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z

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Whether you just bought your first sewing machine or have been sewing for years, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts will open your eyes to an irresistible range of ideas. A comprehensive visual reference, the book covers everything a home sewer craves: the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects that reflect not only Martha Stewart’s depth of ...
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Whether you just bought your first sewing machine or have been sewing for years, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts will open your eyes to an irresistible range of ideas. A comprehensive visual reference, the book covers everything a home sewer craves: the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects that reflect not only Martha Stewart’s depth of experience and crafting expertise, but also her singular sense of style.
 
Encyclopedic in scope, the book features two main parts to help you brush up on the basics and take your skills to a new level. First, the Techniques section guides readers through Sewing, Appliqué, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing. Following that, the Projects A to Z section features more than 150 clever ideas (including many no-sew projects), all illustrated and explained with the clear, detailed instructions that have become a signature of Martha Stewart’s  magazines, books, and television shows.
 
An enclosed CD includes full-size clothing patterns as well as templates that can be easily produced on a home printer. Fabric, thread, and tool glossaries identify the properties, workability, and best uses of common sewing materials. And, perhaps best of all, when you need it most, Martha and her talented team of crafts editors offer you the reassurance that you really can make it yourself.
 
The projects are as delightful as they are imaginative, and include classic Roman shades, hand-drawn stuffed animals, an easy upholstered blanket chest, a quilted crib bumper, French knot-embellished pillowcases and sheets, and Japanese-embroidered table linens, among many others.With gorgeous color photographs as well as expert instruction, this handy guide will surely encourage beginners and keep sewers and crafters of all experience levels wonderfully busy for many years to come.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780307450586
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/30/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 167,871
  • Product dimensions: 11.20 (w) x 8.88 (h) x 1.34 (d)

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Martha Stewart
MARTHA STEWART LIVING magazine was first published in 1990. Over the years, more than three dozen books have been published by the magazine’s editors. 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 award-winning daily syndicated television show.
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  • Posted April 3, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    "It's a Good Thing"

    Just received the newest edition to my ever expanding Martha Stewart library and I have to say with each new book Martha and her team keep getting better and better!! The book is larger than expected and chock full of detailed examples, sketches and color photographs. The best part? Now instead of having to cumbersomely zoom up all those in-book templates on your flatbed copier, Martha has included a CD that you just pop in your computer, select your project and print your needed templates!! Martha? Your new book? It's a good thing! :-)

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2010

    Dull as dishwater

    This is a very stupid and boring book! some of the projects are egg cozies (!), coasters, sarongs, and book jackets! It also includes some of the most dull and uninspired clothing you'll ever see inside or outside a convent!
    The most disappointing component of this dull as dishwater collection of nonsense is the fact that not one holiday themed project is included; not a Christmas stocking not a stuffed Jack O lantern.
    This company's books get duller and duller with every release since Stewart's release!
    Its going back tomorrow I don't even care if I have to pay to ship it back I'll pay twice the amount just to get this rancid piece of garbage out of my house!

    3 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2010

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    Beginner Sewer Loves This Book!

    Well, I haven't had a chance to use it too much but I am absolutely in love with this book. I just got a sewing machine and can't wait to see how much I can do! I also plan on getting her big book of crafts! I love working with my hands so this book should be a hit!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2010

    This is a great book to go with my Martha Stewart library

    The book has some interesting projects and tips. It gives in depth instructions and guidance in general sewing issues. Martha is always thorough, if nothing else. This is a good book for beginners and intermediates. I would have liked to have seen more projects to sew, though

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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    Interesting Options

    This book gives some interesting ideas from simple aprons and pillowcases to duvets, dolls and quilts. Pick your project from among these great ideas, visit your local fabric store and begin! It's incredibly easy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 5, 2010

    AN ELEMENTAL ADDITION TO YOUR CRAFTS LIBRARY.

    You'll wonder how you didn't already own this beautiful and practical guide. It's the perfect reference material that you've come to expect from the Martha Steward brand. There's sophistication in the sample projects, easy and clear imagery and guidelines with pristine design and classic choices. I currently have it out as a coffee table book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 10, 2012

    A staple in my sewing room

    I looked at a lot of books before deciding on this one. Great directions and great ideas. A wonderful reference book for those techniques I need help with.

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  • Posted March 13, 2012

    Great ideas

    I enjoy Martha Stewart's ideas, even if I don't intend to use them myself. This book offers insight into what you're working with and creative ideas on how to use/utilize fabrics. Downside is the instructions aren't always clear.

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Highly recommended.A must have for the crafter.

    So many ideas and patterns. A must book for the beginner and experienced crafter

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  • Posted May 26, 2010

    Love, love, love this book!

    After reading a not-so-wonderful review of Martha Stewart's The Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, I was worried as what to expect. But, as with most Martha Stewart books, it has exceeded my expectations. It's beautifully illustrated and extremely informative. I highly recommend it for not only the novice sewer, but the expert as well. Fabulous!

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