Martha Stewarts Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration

Martha Stewarts Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration

by Martha Stewart Living

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Overview

For nearly 20 years, home crafters have turned to the pages of Martha Stewart Living for all kinds of crafts projects, each presented in the magazine’s inimitable style. Now, the best of those projects, including step-by-step instructions and full-color photographs, have been collected into a single encyclopedia.

Organized by topic from A to Z, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts contains complete instructions and brief histories for more than 30 techniques, detailed descriptions of the necessary tools and materials, and easy-to-copy templates. Martha and her team of crafts editors guide readers through each subject, from botanical pressing and decoupage to rubber stamping and wreaths, with characteristic clarity and unparalleled attention to detail.

Crafters of all skill and experience levels will appreciate the many variations presented for each technique. For example, candlemaking presents a comprehensive array of poured, rolled, and cutout candles, including instructions for making your own one-of-a-kind rubber candle molds, floating candles, sand candles, and more. Each craft in the book takes on charming new dimensions with innovations that could come only from the team behind Martha Stewart Living.

In addition, each entry in Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts is chock-full of tips and advice. Handy glossaries in the entries–such as a comprehensive gem glossary, a glitter glossary, and a color glossary for making tinted wax–are valuable references that crafters will refer to again and again. What’s more, the Tools and Materials section outlines the best essential supplies that every crafter needs to have on hand, and the Sources pages clue readers in to the vendors and suppliers that the magazine’s crafts editors rely on most.

Filled with solid technical know-how, and presented with gorgeous color photographs, this handy guide can be read page by page and kept as a lasting reference by crafters and artisans alike.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307450579
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 03/31/2009
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 651,252
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 10.90(h) x 1.40(d)

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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Martha Stewarts Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
sheljenk More than 1 year ago
There are a lot of crafts in here! The directions are very clear. This is a valuable book for any crafter. Kids like it too!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this book as a gift. I don't normally make a lot of crafts, but this book has so many great ideas. Most of the projects are fairly easy, so even the most un-crafty person could make wonderful gifts and home decorations. The only problem is, of course, that you have to purchase all the tools and products with which to make the projects. From what I can see, the instructions are pretty good and the color photos are great. Some of the projects are somewhat putzy, but others seem pretty straightforward. I haven't yet make anything -- it's hard to decide because there are so many neat projects. It also makes a very nice end table book.
Mangoshoe More than 1 year ago
As a reader of Martha Stewart magazine. I find this book to be great. It provides all the information for ideals and projects in one book. I love it.
ioveteddies More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book, which really lives up to it's title of Encyclopedia. There are many different crafts represented, so it is easy to become interested in some that you may not have tried. The instructions are detailed enought to get you up and running. If you really get into a certain activity, there are always more detailed sources. The photographs are beautiful, as with all of Martha's publications. I am enjoying my copy immensely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed the book. I learned how to do some crafts I have never had experiences with and it is pretty detailed and informative. I would recommend this book to anyone that is crafty or wants to become crafty.
TotallyTea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was a sad day when my library due slip told me I had to turn this book in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's Martha, it's great.
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somtif27 More than 1 year ago
I love it! Love it ! Love It one of the best craft book i've purchased in a long time
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Martha_Stewart_Lover More than 1 year ago
I love this book! It has everything! This book is perfect for ANY level crafter, and you will amaze the people around you by doing the crafts in this book! Be ready for compliments :)!
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ZQuilts More than 1 year ago
I have to admit to being a real admirer of almost all things Martha Stewart-ish. I am no champion house-keeper nor am I a crafting wizard but I do always enjoy the Martha Stewart Magazine and website. In this age of wonderful craft & sewing books -I think that any book that would dare to call istself a 'crafting encyclopedia' would have to be pretty darn sure of itself and this encyclopedia does not disappoint. As always with Martha Stewart products, the instructions are well written & beautifully illustrated. You can find information and "how-to's" about a wonderful, very wide, variety of crafts. General sewing, specialty sewing, embroidery of all kinds,quilting ,applique, printing, dyeing, and many, many other types of craft projects are included in this very well done book. In addition to the book a CD included that contains many templates and patterns that can be printed out . ALso included is an extensive reference guide for all kinds of great sewing and crafting suppliers, equipment and fun things. This book is, I believe, an excellent addition for any sewer, crafter or "Martha wannabe". Well done, clear, colorful and highly informative!
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Martha has out done herself with this collection of crafts. You name it, the book has got it! It has many craft ideas as well as explicit instructions on how each technique is done. All I need to do now is find the time to do all the crafts, because, trust me, you will want to do them all!
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