I just got done watching the Martha Stewart Show. She just told me all the essentials a good sewer needs. Literally a tabletop full of supplies that I don't have. Of course she thinks its next to nothing and just says to keep it organized in a box or something. I must be a terrible sewer....
The reason I tuned in today was because her new book is on sale today: Martha Stewart's Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts. Its no secret that I am a huge fan of hers and I will certainly be purchasing this. Heres Amazon.com's description of whats inside:
"Encyclopedic in scope, the book features two main parts to help you brush up on the basics and take your skills to a new level. First, the Techniques section guides readers through Sewing, Appliqué, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing. Following that, the Projects A to Z section features more than 150 clever ideas (including many no-sew projects), all illustrated and explained with the clear, detailed instructions that have become a signature of Martha Stewart’s magazines, books, and television shows.
An enclosed CD includes full-size clothing patterns as well as templates that can be easily produced on a home printer. Fabric, thread, and tool glossaries identify the properties, workability, and best uses of common sewing materials. And, perhaps best of all, when you need it most, Martha and her talented team of crafts editors offer you the reassurance that you really can make it yourself.
The projects are as delightful as they are imaginative, and include classic Roman shades, hand-drawn stuffed animals, an easy upholstered blanket chest, a quilted crib bumper, French knot-embellished pillowcases and sheets, and Japanese-embroidered table linens, among many others.With gorgeous color photographs as well as expert instruction, this handy guide will surely encourage beginners and keep sewers and crafters of all experience levels wonderfully busy for many years to come. "