By: Martha Stewart Living Magazine
Published: Potter Craft; Mar. 2009
Synopsis: 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.
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.
My Take: No I don't make a lot of crafts. That's not to say that I don't wish I could. It's just, well, I don't have the space, the time, the patience, etc. So let's back it up and tell you how this book/story came into being. Long before this book even came out, my mom, who is a HUGE Martha Stewart fan emailed me and was like, I want this book! So being a good little daughter I got it for her for mother's day laughing to myself like 'mom's! they want the silliest things!'. Months went by and then Thanksgiving rolled around and I was at my mom's house and this very book was on her coffee table and I was idly flipping through it and exclaimed 'holy crap this book is amazing!' because it is! It details every kind of craft you can think of, or well, that my pea size brain when it comes to crafts can think of. It's huge, I swear, and beautiful, and well laid out, and I HAD TO HAVE ONE.
|Calendar made from scratch!|
We decide upon our crafts of choice, get up and the crack of dawn (8:30am), pile into the car and head to Michael's, where we drive around the massive parking lot because we don't know where it is. I've been to the Target but I don't get my craft on much. Side note, who knew so many people went to Target so early on a Saturday? Once locating the Michael's in a dejected corner of the parking lot we head inside to be greeted by none other than Martha Stewart coming over the loud speaker instructing us what to buy. It was as if a sign from God! Or Martha.
|Being a dork with my first finished coaster!|
The coasters we made first because we figured those would need to dry and they turned out pretty awesome. Considering neither of us have really done anything like it before we were pretty pleased. Then we started on the calendars. We have to design 12 months, that's a lot of creativity. The fact that we are sitting their crafting and chatting is probably something we never would have done if we didn't have this book and even though the calendars are absolutely nothing like Martha's original design they are our inspiration and isn't that the point. To get us crafting? And having fun? And it was fun. So much so that we've scheduled another day next month!
Cover Lust: As with all things Martha, the cover has her face on it but don't you want to look at it? She is the reason you are inspired to buy this book after all, right? Right? :)
(I bought this book)