Book Giveaway #8 – Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

martha stewart's encyclopedia of sewing and fabric craftsTHE PRIZE

One reader will win Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts AND an assortment of Nancy Zieman marking tools from Clover.

MY REVIEW

Basic techniques for sewing, applique, embroidery, quilting, dyeing, and printing, pluse 150 inspired projects from A to Z. That’s what this book is full of, and again, Martha Stewart has created a volume of timeless fabric and sewing skills and projects.

I’m really in a sewing groove right now and I want to start on the first page and tackle the whole book! The book comes with a CD of patterns and templates which is SO FABULOUS and means I can get started on a whim any time I want!

I settled on these few projects just to get started:

hooded bath towels

Hooded Towel: I appliqued these towels for my boys and just added the hoods after finding the simple instructions in the encyclopedia. I’ve seen tutorials online, but having the instructions in front of me in a physical book made it easier for me to jump in and get it done.

My boys love their towels with hood and I love that they stay on almost all by themselves!

embellished bath towels

Embellished Towels: This is another project that was inspired by this encyclopedia. I can almost always see something simple I like and reproduce it with my own skills and knowledge, but having the instructions already thought out is a nice change.

I love how this one easy little project changes the whole look of my towels and my bathroom!

pillowcase bag

Pillowcase Bag: This pillowcase bag was a quick project and so cute! I love projects like this that reuse something…

collage of projects from martha stewarts encyclopedia of sewing and fabric crafts

More projects from the book include tomato pincushions, washcloth puppets, heart-shaped pot holders, hooded towel, and drawstring pouches.

This book contains a lot more reference material than the Encyclopedia of Crafts – the first 90 pages include

  • a fabric glossary (if you like fabric, you’ll love this – a visual dictionary of all the different kinds!)
  • a thread glossary
  • tips for setting up a sewing area
  • good things for sewing
  • basic techniques (sewing, preparing fabric for sewing, essential hand stitches, anatomy of a sewing machine, machine stitches, sewing a basic seam, sewing curves and corners, seam-finishing, hemming, and sooo much more!)

nancy zieman marking tools from clover

After the projects, a handful of appendixes finish off the book including tools and materials, tips and extra techniques, patterns and templates. Martha’s apparent brand of choice as far as tools go is Clover, and they have provided several of her favorites in this giveaway.

Thanks so much to Martha Stewart and her team of artists for creating this book and to Clover and Randomhouse for sponsoring the giveaway.

GIVEAWAY RULES

  • Make a comment on this post telling me your favorite Martha Stewart product or project or your favorite new Clover sewing product before midnight Sunday, October 3.
  • A winner will be selected and announced at the top of this post on Monday.
  • Only one comment per person unless you earn extra entries.
  • Giveaway open only to residents of the continental United States…sorry.
  • Winners must email me to claim their prize within 5 days.

EARN EXTRA ENTRIES

You may earn 1 extra entry each for doing the following (make a separate comment for each thing you do):

GOOD LUCK and THANKS!

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1 Kristen September 27, 2010 at 7:03 am

I remember seeing an episode where she used freezer paper to iron on the shirt and then paint. I thought that would be a perfect project for my boys!

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I have never seen a circle cutter before – very cool product!

4 Carolyn September 27, 2010 at 7:30 am

I love so many Martha products it is hard to narrow it down. I am getting back into sewing. would love to have this book!

5 Anne Marie September 27, 2010 at 9:47 am

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17 Trish September 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Thanks for hosting this contest. I think the machine-embroidered coasters look like a nice and easy project. This looks like an inspirational craft book and I would love to own it.

18 Trish September 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm

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19 Kelli Sanchez September 27, 2010 at 2:20 pm

I am loving the Mischievous Candy Dispenser for Halloween…so adorable :-)

20 Kelli Sanchez September 27, 2010 at 2:21 pm

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24 Kelli Sanchez September 27, 2010 at 2:24 pm

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27 Kelli Sanchez September 27, 2010 at 2:26 pm

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28 Monica B. September 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm

I need easy projects and the embroidered coasters don’t look too hard!

29 Melinda Wilson September 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I have never tried using any of her sewing products but I have used her craft items and I love the glitters!

30 Melinda Wilson September 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm

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31 Melinda Wilson September 27, 2010 at 4:33 pm

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32 Kassie S September 27, 2010 at 5:32 pm

I love Martha’s linen line!

33 Ashley September 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm

I like the Machine Embroidered Felt Coasters. It looks easy enough for someone with little time to do – that’s always important to me!

34 Ashley September 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm

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35 Ashley September 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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36 Ashley September 27, 2010 at 5:59 pm

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37 Ashley September 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm

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38 Ashley September 27, 2010 at 6:02 pm

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39 Megan September 27, 2010 at 6:36 pm

I love all the fabric flower choices she has.

40 Sue D September 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm

I like the Clover Sort ‘ n Store for both the machine and hand sewing needles.

41 Sue D September 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm

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44 Sue D September 27, 2010 at 6:52 pm

I commented on your post Embellished Adult Bath Towels.

45 Patti September 28, 2010 at 7:37 am

I love her allergy wise pillows. I suffer with seasonal and dust allergies so this is a great product.

46 Megan September 28, 2010 at 8:52 am

I think my favorite of the products shown is the Oilcloth Lunch Bag. I try really hard to create things that are useful for my family and cut down on our “waste.”

47 Jenny September 28, 2010 at 9:00 am

I am a lover of the MS dishes and baking stuff from Macy’s. I would love to try her sewing stuff.

48 jodie September 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

I love Martha Stewart brand glitter. It is so fine and the colors are wonderful!

49 jodie September 28, 2010 at 11:59 am

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51 Erma September 28, 2010 at 1:13 pm

My favorite Martha Stewart product is the fringe scissor. Never seen it before! Cool!

52 Erma September 28, 2010 at 1:14 pm

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53 Erma September 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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54 Erma September 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm

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57 Kat September 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm

I follow you on Facebook and would LOVE to have have this book!!! I would treasure it!

58 Michelle September 28, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Love the smocked sundress….so easy to make

59 cathy September 29, 2010 at 9:48 am

Martha is always a winner but the baby stuff is so precious. XXOO

60 jengd September 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

I’m actually a papercrafter first, sewer second, so I can say I love Martha’s punches- fabulous designs!!

61 jengd September 29, 2010 at 12:12 pm

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66 Janice October 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm

I love the wash cloth puppets!

67 Janice October 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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68 Janice October 2, 2010 at 7:37 pm

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69 Janice October 2, 2010 at 7:38 pm

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70 Shannon F. October 3, 2010 at 9:39 am

I know this is horribly simple, but her plastic bag organizer is such an easy project and great housewarming gift and the tutorial’s online!

http://www.marthastewart.com/goodthings/pretty-plastic-bag-organizer?backto=true&backtourl=/photogallery/sewing-projects-tote-bags-and-purses#slide_7

71 VA in Virginia October 3, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Love, love this pearl dying and necklace idea….I’m in the process of making it, very excited!

http://www.marthastewart.com/article/custom-made-pearl-jewelry?backto=true

72 Shannon October 4, 2010 at 8:43 am

I’m too late, bummer. Good luck to all! I’ll have to put this one on my wishlist!!

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