sticks, beads and strings
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Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts 1 2 3 4 5 6And finally, we get to the really massive Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. And when I say massive, I mean 400 pages of fabric crafting goodness, not counting the flyleaves OR the included cd with templates and such. It’s big, people. And it is chock-full of techniques and tips, and yes, projects. More than 150 of them, from felted wool animals to table linens.

Now, I haven’t made a secret on this blog of the fact that I don’t watch Martha Stewart on tv. Frankly, her always perky face and yankee voice get on my very last nerve. I couldn’t look and sound like that, even pumped full of xanax and Lipovox, and so she shouldn’t either, ykwim? Seriously, the woman never has a bad day, except for the whole prison thing, and even then she taught people to do neat stuff. But read her? Oh yes, because she is just full of knowledge. I’ve reviewed every book of hers that I could get my hands on, and I have never, never been disappointed in the slightest. She cooks, she cleans, she crafts and she still smiles. If I could stand to look at and listen to her, she’d be my hero. As it is, I will just adore her in print. And only grudgingly. Because I am stubborn and willful, and I made up my mind not to like her before she started writing books.

Do you remember a few posts ago, I mentioned that Diva was half-crafty, and I thought I could nudge her into some sewing and such with a bit of effort? I don’t think it will take that much effort at all. I reckon I can just hand her this book and be done with it. Only as a loan, of course, because I will totally Indian Wrestle her on the living room floor for it if she tries to remove it from this house. Or even from the common areas of this house i.e. it is NOT disappearing into her room.

So what’s in here? The subtitle pretty much sums it up: Basic Techniques for Sewing, Applique, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing, plus 150 Inspired Projects from A to Z. And get this, she even tells you how to install a flush mount bracket and rod to hold your new pinch pleated cafe curtains!

The instructions for the techniques are very detailed and she gets some amazing results. I looked pretty closely at the fabric dyeing section, and I learned quite a few things. I mention that specifically, because some of you may remember that I used to dye yarn professionally. Now, it’s a different medium, and you can do way more with fabric than you can with yarn, but still….

Another section I really liked was “how to repair a patchwork quilt”. Now I watched Grandmother quilt, and I have made a few tops myself, so I have a basic idea of the process. Some of the quilts that Grandmother made for me are put away because they need patching, and my cousin has a few from Grandma that he’s asked if I could patch, and I will be using this section as a guide for that. We will both be able to enjoy our quilts again. 😆

I could go on and on. The book is, after all, 400 pages, as I said. I’ll just sum it up by saying that if you are into fabric crafts of any kind, this book is pretty much worth it’s weight in gold. And that’s a lot of gold, ykwim? Luckily, it retails for just $35 bucks.

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