Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts: An A-to-Z Guide with Detailed Instructions and Endless Inspiration
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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.
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side. Trim the edges. PRESSED SEAWEED During the mid-nineteenth century, the shorelines of England were rife with collectors, who waded deep into the tide to collect seaweed—valued for its splendid forms and surprising range of colors—for examination and display. Much of the seaweed the Victorians preserved remains intact and can be viewed in natural-history museums, private research collections, and, in a very few cases, specialty antiques galleries. Gathering and pressing seaweed still
earrings: To make the bead drop on the hoop earrings, use a beading needle and 5 inches (12.5cm) of 5mm-wide ribbon. String on a seed bead, then a larger bead; switch your needle to the other end of the ribbon, and pass it through a large bead from the bottom to lock the beads in place. Tie the beads onto the earring hoop, and secure them with a knot; trim ends as necessary. TIP For the ribbon projects, apply liquid seam sealant to ribbon ends immediately after cutting so they don’t fray.
and compact the wool. Trim, if desired; the closer the shave, the denser and softer the pom-pom. Caterpillar PROJECT: caterpillar The easiest to construct of the pom-pom animals in this section, the caterpillar uses about fifteen grams of green, worsted-weight brushed mohair plus an optional small amount of white mohair for extra fuzzy appeal. Yours doesn’t have to be green; some caterpillars are orange, yellow, or black. PROJECT SUPPLIES Basic Supplies (use mohair yarn), size 8 black
party accessories. RIBBONS AND CORDS SATIN RIBBON Lovely sheen. Ties into bows nicely. Single-faced is shiny on one side; double-faced, or reversible, is shiny on both. GROSGRAIN RIBBON Sturdy because of its ribbed weave. Nice for sewn-on trim and other embellishments. Harder to tie into a bow than other types of ribbon. WIRED RIBBON Thanks to a thin wire running along its long edges, wire ribbon can be tied into bows or formed into ripples that hold their shape nicely.