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Craft Book Review: Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Crafts

I had first heard about this new book from Potter Craft while trying to win it from my knitting buddy, Christy Nelson. When I didn't get one of those 5 new copies, I knew I had to immediately borrow it from the library. Complete with about 50 pages of a visual tools glossary and templates, this really is quite the encyclopedia!

I felt this was an excellent craft book because it wasn't just a 'project book'. A lot of craft books that are hitting the market right now are just a collection of about 20 projects to make, and a lot of them are the same in every book! This is more of a manual, carefully explaining each type of craft and the fine details that go with a step-by-step guide. It has everything from origami to making pom-pom animals, gilding mirrors and pressing seaweed and flowers!

Of course, there are project suggestions, but the way her format is laid out, it lets the reader observe how something is done, and giving inspiration to tweak it instead of setting in stone and trying to make the outcome exactly like the author. I think that is what I really appreciated the most about the book. My only question was, why wasn't there a basic section on sewing, knitting, and crocheting? Aren't those considered "crafts" as well? I was surprised by the omission.
All in all, a 4 out of 5 stars as far as craft books are concerned. I will definitely be referencing this book again for ideas and how-tos for Christmas presents.
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