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Not All That Encyclopedic in Scope
on April 21, 2009
As with all Martha tomes, dazzling eye-candy photography grabs the reader. This work is no exception.
The crafts Martha Stewart's Living magazine has been touting over the years(e.g. soapmaking, candlemaking, decoupage, wreaths, botanical pressing and printing) are here.
Some of the newer entries are marbleizing, nature crafts, quilling and origami.
Calligraphy, matting and framing are out of place in an encyclopedia of crafting. Calligraphy is an elegant form of writing and can't technically be called a craft. Matting and framing reproductions, photographs and needlework items are a skill that takes its place as a "finishing touch."
The mosaics chapter needed more clarification on just how to fit tiny pieces of tile together into a cohesive design.
Justifying the three-star rating, no chapter existed on the needle arts -- sewing, crewel, needlepoint, knitting, crochet, and embroidery in all its forms.
But, the title was right in one regard. This book will provide "endless inspiration" for any crafter perusing its pages.