Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

Basic Techniques for Sewing, Appliqué, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, Plus 150 Inspired Projects From A to Z

Book - 2010
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Whether you just bought your first sewing machine or have been sewing for years, Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts will open your eyes to an irresistible range of ideas. A comprehensive visual reference, the book covers everything a home sewer craves: the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects that reflect not only Martha Stewart's depth of experience and crafting expertise, but also her singular sense of style.
 
Encyclopedic in scope, the book features two main parts to help you brush up on the basics and take your skills to a new level. First, the Techniques section guides readers through Sewing, Appliqu#65533;, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing. Following that, the Projects A to Z section features more than 150 clever ideas (including many no-sew projects), all illustrated and explained with the clear, detailed instructions that have become a signature of Martha Stewart's  magazines, books, and television shows.
 
An enclosed CD includes full-size clothing patterns as well as templates that can be easily produced on a home printer. Fabric, thread, and tool glossaries identify the properties, workability, and best uses of common sewing materials. And, perhaps best of all, when you need it most, Martha and her talented team of crafts editors offer you the reassurance that you really can make it yourself.
 
The projects are as delightful as they are imaginative, and include classic Roman shades, hand-drawn stuffed animals, an easy upholstered blanket chest, a quilted crib bumper, French knot-embellished pillowcases and sheets, and Japanese-embroidered table linens, among many others.With gorgeous color photographs as well as expert instruction, this handy guide will surely encourage beginners and keep sewers and crafters of all experience levels wonderfully busy for many years to come.
Publisher: New York : Potter Craft, c2010
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9780307450586
0307450589
Branch Call Number: 746 Ste 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 400 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.) +,1 CD-ROM (12 cm.)

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chriscoleman
Dec 10, 2016

I've been sewing for a couple of decades, so I already have a great deal of knowledge on sewing, stitching, and dying fabric. I wanted the book for the projects. Although there are some cute projects, there is nowhere near enough space to describe the process of making them in great detail. Many of these projects are given only one page! I was excited about making the stuffed animals, but they are each given only one page and not enough to make the project simple. Same goes for the aprons. There's a multi-compartment bag on p 127 that would be versatile and fun to make, but the instructions are only four small paragraphs and a one inch thumbnail photo. Sorry, but I need something of more substance. If I'm going to guess I might as well make my own pattern. Another pet peeve is that a CD is included with the book and you have to first find the right template, then print it, then blow it up with a photocopier. What a major pain. For a rectangular bag, she just could've given the measurements. This is marketing at its worst. The book is way too big to sit comfortably on your sewing table, the projects are poorly described, and the accompanying CD is worthless because you'll still need a photocopier. If you want to make some cute sewing projects, I suggest Debbie Shore's books.

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Domeabra
Aug 14, 2013

I just got this book and it is supposed to come with a CD of printable patterns but the CD is missing from the back of the book. Very sad and unfortunate.

abkeller Nov 25, 2012

This book gives some interesting ideas from simple aprons and pillowcases to duvets, dolls and quilts. Pick your project from among these great ideas, visit your local fabric store and begin! It’s incredibly easy.

Sythia_C Oct 04, 2011

Fantastic craft book, but not for beginners.

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Vesperale
Jul 03, 2011

Good manual and projects for beginners and intermediate sewers. PDFs for some projects make their creation a breeze.

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