WAAAAA!!!! I won!!!!!

I follow several blogs which I really enjoy, and I plan to present them to my readers soon — next few days, I think.

Several of these blogs have giveaways… and I always do my part and post a comment or some such.

And I won! There are always tons and tons of sign-ups, so I know my chances are pretty slim, and this is the first win from a good 30 sign-ups.

Here, you will see that I am the 2nd of the Nov 20 winners… I’m getting Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations, and you know I like Stewart’s books.


I’m so excited! 

Book review: Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques and 150 Inspired Ideas for Sewing, Embroidery, Applique, Quilting, Dyeing, and PrintingMartha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts: Basic Techniques and 150 Inspired Ideas for Sewing, Embroidery, Applique, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing by Martha Stewart Living
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I grabbed this book from the library and I think I’ll actually buy it.  She’s got good information on the various ways of using fabric and the things you can make from fabric. If you’ve read her magazine, many of these projects will seem familiar — I think all the projects were originally presented in the magazine. I am one who will tear out the projects I like and save them in a binder. This book allows me to toss out all those pages and have one book with the ideas. Plus, its got a CD of all the templates used in the various projects, so no more going to look online for them. The book came out in 2010, so likely projects in the magazine from 2009 and on aren’t in this book. And there are likely projects from the magazine that didn’t make the book.

The pictures are all in color, and she explains different kinds of fabrics and their uses. There is a section for the various sewing notions and tools one might find and use.

This book only teaches the most basic of sewing skills — basic hand sewing stitches, machine stitches, some embroidery stitches.  But she does not discuss or attempt to teach more advanced sewing techniques — some I can think of are darts, gussets, making pleats and such. I guess these are used mostly in clothes and she discusses a great deal more than clothes.

Conclusion: it’s worth the $22 on amazon if you enjoy M.S. style projects.

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