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Witch Craft: Wicked Accessories, Creepy-Cute Toys, Magical Treats, and More! Hardcover – Bargain Price, October 1, 2010
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“Each of the magical projects is carefully explained with full-color photographs and simple step-by-step instructions. So get into the Halloween spirit with Witch Craft.”—Bust Magazine
“Downright spellbinding.”—Associated Press
“Shows how to make accessories, toys, treats and other goodies that are perfect for Halloween.”—Etsy.com
About the Author
Margaret McGuire edits and moonlights as a crafter in Philadelphia. Alicia Kachmar casts spells and stitches from her home in New York.
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But, I do agree with Linda Bulger's point that the typeface is too small. I don't yet have to photocopy and enlarge any of the text, but I can certainly understand where I might have to do so in the not too distant future.
I would also have liked more step-by-step instructions and photos and the addition of project difficulty ratings. I think these would help people not overly familiar with a particular craft. For example, on the Apples they assume you know how to determine the seam allowance they want used on sewing the apple segments together and how to sew rounded items without puckers or stretching the item out of shape. I have been sewing for years so this doesn't cause me any problem, but someone not familiar with sewing may have difficulty.
On the knitting and crochet items there is no tutorial on the stitches used. I haven't crocheted in years, but can probably figure out the Creepy Crocheted Bones after review one of my old crochet books or finding an online tutorial, but the Good Little Witch looks to be out of my league. Same with the Dracula's Candy Bowl. I have never knitted and even if I find another source for a knitting "how-to" I don't know if this project is feasible for a novice. Having difficulty ratings on the crafts would help people determine if they are at a skill level capable of completing a project.
But, the above reasons are not why I didn't give this review 5 stars. My only reason for rating this 4 rather than 5 stars is that on two projects there are notes that you can download accessory item projects from their website. My feeling is that the book should include any additional patterns. I am all for websites and usually check out any website mentioned in a craft book, but forcing people to go to your site, after spending money on your book is insulting. And what about people with no web access or no way to print the information from a web page?
For goodness sakes, this entire book is under 100 pages long and the projects take up less than 70 pages. I don't think it would have killed them to add a few pages to give the accessory project instructions with the main project.
I am not trying to scare people off this book, but be aware that if you are not a frequent crafter and are not willing to use outside resources for refresher and/or instructional courses in unfamiliar crafts this book may not be for you.
Having a Halloween party? once you've seen the PB & J skull sandwiches and the cupcake graveyard, your menu will take shape. Need to embellish yourself or somebody else for trick-or-treating? the tulle and lace tutu is too cute for words, and so are the creative jewelry projects, especially the vampire bite necklace and spider earrings. And oh, the ruby slippers! a pair of dressy shoes, spray glue and red glitter...it's a fashion statement every woman should make at least once in her life.
The book is well laid out and the projects use readily available materials and ingredients. Most require adult skills or at least supervision, but you can truly turn the kids loose on a few of them.
My only negative comment about "Witch Craft" is that the typeface is very small, and some hints and tips are in a positively minuscule font or set against a colored background. For many of the projects the directions are fairly general so it's OK, but I'm going to have to copy and enlarge the line-by-line knitting directions for the Dracula bowl. Not an insurmountable problem, but worth noting.
Linda Bulger, 2010
My hope is that someday publishers will be able to create digital formatting that rivals the beauty of traditional publishing. Right now many non-fiction books lose a lot of flourishes and they get poorer versions of the photos as well.
I'm still considering returning this one because an arts and crafts book should be about visual inspiration. If you have similar opinions in this regard, then you too may wish to skip this one on kindle and pick up a hard copy instead.
3 stars for adorable project ideas... I love the x-stitch witchy button earrings!! -2 stars for awful kindle version. Hope this helps!
The pictures are very nice and instructions are easy to follow, not the most ground breaking crafts but a fun little book none the less and an easy way to sit down and pick something out to craft together without much fuss.