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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (30 Oct. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715336355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715336359
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 3.4 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 126,363 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wow-here's a bumper book of crafts to keep you inspired in 2010 and beyond! Curl up with this scrumptious book and dream up your next crafty project. --Papercraft Inspirations

Katherine Clemow replies 'I can highly recommend the Encyclopedia of Crafts by Martha Stewart (£19.99, David & Charles), which is a comprehensive book on crafts. Each one of the 416 pages are packed with beautiful, inspirational images and clear instructions on how to do everything from etching, silk-screening and tin-punching, working with beads, wires, glass and a whole section on shell craft. --Period Living & Traditional Homes

An inspirational A-Z of more than 30 crafts, with projects and techniques for each --Woman's Weekly

So many people are looking for clever ways to save money while combining their enjoyment of creating hand-made gifts, that this book is certain to be a popular addition to the bookshelf of many crafters. --Classic Stitches

Get creative for the festive season with Martha Stewart's comprehensive book of 32 easy makes and crafts, all beautifully presented and organised by subject from A-Z. --Homes & Gardens

Martha Stewart has always had a passion for crafts, and in this comprehensive resource she brings you 416 pages packed with must know craft techniques and ideas… --Simply Cards Magazine --Simply Cards Magazine

"Martha Stewart has always had a passion for crafts, and in this comprehensive resource she brings you 416 pages packed with must know craft techniques and ideas…" --Simply Cards Magazine

"Get creative for the festive season with Martha Stewart's comprehensive book of 32 easy makes and crafts, all beautifully presented and organised by subject from A-Z." --Homes & Gardens

"Martha Stewart has always had a passion for crafts, and in this comprehensive resource she brings you 416 pages packed with must know craft techniques and ideas…" --Simply Cards Magazine

"Get creative for the festive season with Martha Stewart's comprehensive book of 32 easy makes and crafts, all beautifully presented and organised by subject from A-Z." --Homes & Gardens

About the Author

Martha Stewart is the author of dozens of best selling books on cooking, entertaining, gardening, weddings and decorating. She is the host of The Martha Stewart Show in the US, where Martha Stewart Living magazine was first published in 1990. Martha lives in New York.

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Graeme Wright VINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2009
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Assembled from eighteen years worth of articles in the Martha Stewart Living magazine from America this compendium embraces thirty two projects covering all manner of crafts, both popular and the more esoteric. Each craft is covered in such a thorough way that the basics are treated without overcomplication while also suggesting more ambitious projects to tempt and inspire the experienced crafter. The chapter on candlemaking, for example gives step by step instructions using shop bought moulds as well as using everyday objects to create more unusual designs. As each chapter is accompanied by clear, expressive photographs this enhances the objective of the book, namely to inspire the reader to attempt the projects. It would take an extremely world weary reader to not find something in these three hundred and fifty pages that catches their attention.
As well as the projects there is an informative section dealing with tools and materials, again illustrated, from decoupage glue to bone folders. This is particularly useful for beginners, giving them the confidence to ensure that they are buying the correct equipment for a project. There are also some very handy templates which can be used with block printing, glass etching, tin punching and many of the other crafts covered by the book
Finally there is a list of, thankfully, British sources for crafting tools and materials complete with website and e mail addresses where applicable. Too often in the past books similar to this have been published with source listing to satisfy their American readership. It is of great credit that the British publishers have researched and added this source list to enable their readers to buy such specialized materials as light sensitive fabric and Japanese origami paper without having to trawl through search engines or convert prices from dollars to pounds.
All in all this is a valuable addition to any crafter's library and a pool of inspiration to most.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By bomble TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2009
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I'm not the craftsperson in the family, but between us we thought this would be a great inspiration and give us ideas for things to do together when our daughter is a little older.

In that respect this book is great - packed from start to finish with ideas; beautifully presented and printed and with the air of quality that would make it a good gift.

Unfortunately, there is so much inside these pages that there isn't the detail needed to really have much chance of starting as a beginner and progressing. This gives a snapshot of so many ideas that, if you were a cunning crafter already, I'm sure you could pick this up running. But for the novice it looks a bit daunting and there's not always enough explanation to really feel confident about giving these methods a go.

Comprehensive in breadth but a bit thin on detail.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Jan. 2010
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This is a fabulously illustrated book that is packed with great craft ideas. The only problem is that there isn't enough room to give detailed information for all the crafts so it may be better appreciated by the more experienced crafters. It has filled me with inspiration though and I will pick out some of the ideas and concentrate on them. There are some handy sources at the back of the book to help with finding out more about the crafts, and they are all UK based which is a plus.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ponytail VINE VOICE on 7 Dec. 2009
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This is brilliant. For the size of the book, and the amount of information held within, it's very reasonably-priced. The book covers a number of crafts, giving the reader enough information to start on a few projects in each area, though obviously not to expert level. However, unlike many other crafts books I've read, you do actually learn enough to try things out, and there's clear information about the tools you need for each project.
I assume this book was first published in the US and I'd like to thank whoever was responsible for changing the supplier list to UK-based ones. This alone is worth the price of the book - thanks to the list, I've found a toy shop (of all places) in my town sells light-sensitive paper !
It's a beautifully-designed book, and a pleasure to read, even for those crafts I'm unlikely to ever try out (I discovered a whole new way of using decoupage, though I probably will never do it for myself). My only disappointment was the small number of templates, though to be fair, many of the projects could be copied just from looking at the photographs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Green Book Addict Librarian VINE VOICE on 27 Nov. 2009
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I have a lot of craft books, some are encyclopedia types like this containing a small amount of detail on lots of different crafts and others that are specifically about one craft. I suppose the Martha Stewart name holds some weight for some people, especially in the US, where she is almost an institution but for me, not so much. I've also read that her name appears on other books and products that she has no direct involvement with at all and I am unsure if that is the case with this book or not. But this looked like a nice book so I thought I would take a look.

In any case, there are 32 crafts covered in this book, most of them averaging around 6-10 pages per craft, including pictures. Most of the crafts are actually quite simple - adding glitter to gift tags, stamped stationery, making animals out of pom-poms etc. But some are very pretty indeed, though the techniques are not new in themselves - the dogwood wreath, some of the paper flowers and birds, marbleizing and silkscreen printing.

Some of the more complicated crafts do not get enough page space. For example there is a section on beaded jewelry but like most of the more complicated crafts, the section is not really long enough to do it justice, but would be more suitable as an introduction to a beginner, who would then need to buy a book on jewelry making if they wanted to take it further.

There is a section on tools and materials at the back of the book which again is suitable for a beginner but for me I don't really need a photo of a glue stick or coloured pencils, masking tape etc. The basic techniques section at the back consists of two pages, this section could really do with expansion to make the book a whole lot more useful!

All the sources at the back of the book are in the UK.
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