Yes I did purchase the new Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts, and I am going write a review. I brought this book this past Tuesday. I did receive an invite from Purl Soho a couple of weeks ago attend a launch event for the book at the price of $20.00, but decided not to go.
I read some of the reviews on Amazon dot com about the book, and a couple them were not so glowing. I think some people who write reviews had more in mind that the book intended. Here is my assessment of Martha Stewart’s new book. As the title suggested is an encyclopedia of sewing and fabric crafts, in other words a reference book. The question becomes is it a good or bad reference book, I think it’s a good reference book particularly for beginners or people returning to sewing as is intended. The book gives basic techniques for sewing, appliqué, embroidery, quilting, dyeing, and printing. The books also has 150 inspired projects that one can create and make it his or her own. The book includes a CD of project patterns and templates in PDF format to use.
The couple of reviews I read suggested that the book was not exciting, but dull and boring, but the reviewers really did not understand the concept of books for novices or people who have not sewn in years. Did they read words like basics or novice in the introduction? I think not. I purchased the book to learn more about appliqué, dyeing, hand embroidery, and printing on fabric. In addition, there is something to be said about learning the basics and your creativity will follow. You can create anything you want when you have learned the basics, and the book fulfills the basics requirement.
I will keep this book among my other reference books on the shelf, and refer to do. I will also make a couple of projects in the book for practice, so I make new creation. Ciao for now!