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Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A - Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration [Hardcover]

Martha Stewart
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30 Oct 2009
The queen of crafts Martha Stewart explores 32 different crafts in this comprehensive craft encyclopedia. Full step-by-step instructions for every technique make it suitable for beginner crafters right through to experienced craftaholic. This bumper craft book features every craft you can think of including papercraft, jewellery making, beading, mosaics, scrapbooking, screenprinting, candlemaking, soap making and decoupage. Over 200 projects are fully explained with step instructions and beautifully photographed to make this a brilliant reference book for all crafters. A full listing of essential tools and materials, with professional tips and handy UK resources make it essential reading for anyone who wants to get crafting.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: David & Charles (30 Oct 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715336355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715336359
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 28.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,887 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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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's major strength is also it's major flaw 17 Dec 2009
By bomble TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pool Of Inspiration 20 Dec 2009
By Graeme Wright VINE VOICE
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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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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring 7 Jan 2010
By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Craftastic ! 7 Dec 2009
By Ponytail VINE VOICE
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy!! 2 Dec 2009
By Mrs. Denny S. Abeykoon VINE VOICE
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Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A - Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration

The first thing I'd like to say about this book is that it is extremely heavy! so bare this in mind before purchasing,especially if you have a back problem like me. It was too heavy for me to lift so my husband had to put it on the table for me. Not a plus as I like my craft books to be portable. Aside from this content wise it's nicely set out, the projects are ok but other than one or two things like the beading & soaps which I liked, I'd either seen it before or I wouldn't ever use it ,like the guilding for example. So unless you are a Martha fan, if you are a seasoned crafter it's not really a necessary addition to your craft library. Also I'd have liked to have seen more suggestions for alternative projects as to me this was really lacking especially with regards to the calligraphy section.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHAT A FANTASTIC BOOK !!!!
Far more in it than I thought.. looking forward to learning some new crafts.. will try some I never dreamed of doing !!!
Published 1 month ago by Cookie's Princess
5.0 out of 5 stars Craft book
This is a beautiful book easy to follow and beautifully illustrated. Would highly recommend this to anyone who loves crafts
Published 1 month ago by Marian Coyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A - Z Guide with Detailed Instructions...
My wife loves this book so a great buy. It is very detailed and the author is well known and respected.
Published 3 months ago by jonathan parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book!
I originally was going to buy one of these for a Christmas present, but when I started looking at the sample pages on here I bought one for myself also! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Groupie42
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought as a gift.
My sister is a wonderful crafter so this was just completely ideal for her - almost kept it myself! There's absolutely all sorts in it - candle making, scrap booking, sewing etc. Read more
Published 4 months ago by BookWorm87
5.0 out of 5 stars she is the one!
so many ideas! everything you can make is there! if you buy this book i think you wont need others...
she is the queen of crafts and this book clearly shows it!
Published 4 months ago by A. Merola
5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of new stuf
The bookbinding is very good. Lots and lots of pages with so many good projects to make. The only thing less good is that some of the projects have very few or almost none step by... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ricardo Coelho
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
I love love LOVE this book, just looking through it gets my creative juices flowing - trouble is getting started. Read more
Published 7 months ago by monika
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely
Although I would not call it an encyclopedia (only of her own stuff), but it is a super book with lots of ideas.
Published 8 months ago by Rags
5.0 out of 5 stars A wide range of crafts
The scope of this book is excellent and so very well presented - a great buy; I am thrilled to bits
Published 11 months ago by Gill Playne
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