Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts

An A-to-Z Guide With Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration

Book - 2009
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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.
Publisher: New York : Potter Craft, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307450579
Branch Call Number: 745 .5 MAR
Characteristics: 416 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) ;,29 cm
Alternative Title: Encyclopedia of crafts


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Aug 10, 2018

This is a book for people who are able to invest a lot of time and money into crafting. I would have preferred more simple, accessible-to-everyone crafts, to be honest.

Aug 07, 2013

I love this book! Definitely one I will have to buy for my own collection. There are so many projects I want to try in here, and so many new crafts to learn. I especially love the rope coasters and rug, and the calligraphy section. This book also inspired me to try paper quilling.

JCLMargaretO Apr 18, 2013

This book is a compilation of the best of Martha Stewart Living craft projects complete with step-by-step instructions and color photographs. An awesome collection of a wide range of crafts all in a single "encyclopedia".

Apr 02, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed this book; however to me some of the projects seemed daunting and complex. Even with this in mind, Martha did an amazing job of guiding the reader with step by step instructions and tips for each project. Every craft is also accompanied with beautiful pictures of the outcome for each project as well as instructional diagrams. Many of the materials that are needed for the crafts are easily accessible at any department or craft store which is an added bonus that makes crafting much easier. What I also enjoyed about this book was that the complexity of projects throughout the book varies so that it is suitable for many types of crafters not just those who are highly skilled, in fact many of the crafts could be completed relatively quickly. Some may find this book to be lacking as a full crafting encyclopedia because it does not include every aspect of crafting and some elements have not been included like knitting, crochet, and embroidery ect. However this book takes a more creative approach to crafting while still showcasing traditional methods as well. Many if not all of the crafts in the book are Martha’s own creations so slight variation from conventional craft books is to be expected.

Overall this a wonderful book for anyone interested in crafting whether they are just a beginner or they have been crafting for many years; this book has something for everybody. It is very inspiring and informative; with the step by step instructions, technique tips and diagrams to guide you along the way this book is a must have for any crafter!

Oct 23, 2012

Good enough that I bought it from Half Price Books, - had more than a dozen ideas I wanted to try out! What a SCORE that HPB had it in stock!

May 30, 2012


Dolci Oct 07, 2010

Found some new and unique ideas that were simple.

Sep 27, 2010

Every project in this book would cost a lot of money to make. Very unreasonable.

Thundymac Apr 21, 2010

I liked this so much i bought it. Lots of modern projects with clear instructions in the Martha Stewart style.

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Apr 02, 2013

fearlessforever thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over


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Apr 02, 2013

This book is chocked full of countless crafting topics. These include:
Albums, Scrapbooks, and Memory Boxes, Beading, Block Printing, Botanical Pressing, Botanical Printing, Calligraphy, Candle making, 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, Quilting, Rope Crafts, Rubber Stamping, Silk-screening, Soap Making, Tin Punching, Wirework and MORE!


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Apr 02, 2013

Other: This title may be more suitable to those 12 years of age and older – only because some of the projects would need adult supervision if they are being done by those yonder than 12 years old. Other than that this book is suitable for anyone.


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