Craft Books Item ID: #31

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A – Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration

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Featuring 32 must-know crafts, this 416-page hardback book includes step-by-step instructions for different techniques, catering for those ranging from first-time dabblers to the more adventurous crafters. It also includes illuminating glossaries, a full rundown of essential tools and materials, professional tips and handy UK resources.

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5 Responses to “Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A – Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration”

  1. genierose says:

    If you want detailed instructions on creating projects I don’t think this is the book for you. Although it covers many different crafts / hobbies I thought it lacked depth. Leaves you wanting to know more about the subjects you’re interested in. Being American it may be difficult to source some of the products required for the projects.

  2. S. Russell says:

    I saw this in a local bookshop and ran home to buy it on Amazon (its half price on here!)

    I’ve been a fan of Martha Stewart and have referred to her website a million times! Some of my favorite projects are in the book which is great but for those of you wanting something different to her website might be a little disappointed as you can get most of the instructions from there for free.

    For those of you who are itching to explore different craft techniques – this will not disappoint. Although some of the chapters are brief – you’ll have enough eye-candy to know whether you’d like to give it a go or not!

  3. joc66 says:

    This book, a substantial hardback, with gorgeous photos to inspire, would look good on any coffee table but it is far more than just a pretty face. There are literally hundreds of different projects here described in step by step detail, sometimes with diagrams or photos to illustrate the stages. A wide range of crafts is covered including scrapbooking, glass etching, origami and pom pom animals to name a randomly selected few. There is an illustrated glossary of tools and materials – the addition of photos means you know what you are looking for even before you get to the craft shop, and you can also peruse this section to select the right tool for most crafting jobs. Photocopiable templates at the back are a useful additional resource I like the fact that this book has been adapted for the British market with lists of UK stockists at the back and measurements given in both metric and imperial versions.

    This book would make a great gift for anyone with an interest in crafting. It won’t tell you everthing you need to know about a particular craft – that isn’t its aim. But it will give you a flavour of a huge variety including things you hadn’t perhaps considered and it is this horizon-broadening potential which is, I think this book’s greatest strength.

  4. Sam W says:

    Although not overly detailed for the absolute beginner, it gives plently of ideas. A good reference book – will give some new crafts a go. It’s so good, I’m buying my Mum a copy for Mother’s Day so she stops ‘borrowing’ mine.

  5. J. J. O'neill says:

    Large and glossy tome filled with very attractive photographs.

    Set out as an encyclopedia, this is a good value overview of craftwork.

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