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Sorting through craft supplies in our old workroom

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Our new space a sea of boxes

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trapped by our supplies

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all we need is our worktables and we are ready to go

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the view from our new craft room

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Welcome to the Crafts Department blog. We thought a blog would be a great way to share even more about the crafts we create for Martha Stewart Living as well as what we craft on our own. We hope to provide you with a peek behind the scenes to some of our stories, our inspiration, our favorite sources, as well as some of the projects we are personally working on. Periodically crafters from our television show and from the Martha Stewart Crafts line will also post entries to let us know what is happening in their areas as well. We hope you enjoy it.

As we begin this blog we are in the midst of a big move. After more than 15 years our craft room is re-locating to the Starrett Lehigh building on 26th street in New York. We took the opportunity to give a really thorough cleaning to our supplies and thought we would give you a peek at the daunting process.

Comments (33)

  • Why, yes, I DO want to know everything that happens in the Martha Stewart Craft Department! Can't wait to read more.

  • I am so very excited for this blog. Have you created any crafts appropriate for a tea party? I'd like to write a post about crafts for tea party decor for my tea blog (www.myteacups.com)

    really looking forward to future posts!!

  • Crafter Comment:

    Not yet, but keep an eye out. We're not sure what's next either.

  • We're looking for the Martha's Homecoming Poncho pattern for our Ladies'Aid Knitting and Crocheting group. This is a new Mission program that makes prayer shawls and lap quilts for shut-ins.

  • Crafter Comment:

    the tea-tin centerpieces are really cute: http://www.marthastewart.com/article/tea-party-shower-decor-and-favors

  • We are VERY excited to finally see a blog devoted to our favorite part of MSO. We are looking forward to reading everything that goes on in your crafts department.
    Lianne & Paul
    http://www.swirlydesigns.com

  • How do we suggest new products for the craft line?

  • I just discovered your blog. I'm very excited because I'm a huge fan of the show and magazine and am looking forward to following the craft dept. Thanks!

  • Trying to find the name and address of the craft site/source/blog Martha talks about Escee?

  • Crafter Comment:

    etsy is probably what you are looking for. It is a great place to buy and sell handmade.

  • Crafter Comment:

    During the first season (when that show aired), already-made ponchos were sold on the Martha site. But for those who wanted to make it, all they had to do was download the free pattern from Lionbrand.

    In a google search, it the first one listed.

    http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-scallopEdgePoncho.html < http://www.lionbrand.com/patterns/khs-scallopEdgePoncho.html>

  • Hi Marcie, I just stumbled onto your blog ..from Etsy.....want you to know I always have those little glue dot strips that you told me about on hand..Hanna loved them at Christmas time! Looking forward to more great tips!

  • Hoping you will post some clever ideas for Earth Day crafts. I already have a dozen frames made of twigs, looking for something fun and clever to do with the kids ages 7 - 12. Thanks Ladies!

  • I want to make some chalk boards. Martha said, to regular vinyl paint, add ____. I think it was 1 cup of non-sanded grout but not sure. Let me know if you know the answer.

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Diane - you can find the chalkboard paint recipe as well as some great chalkboard ideas on the Martha Stewart site. Here's a link:

    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/make-custom-color-chalkboard-paint?autonomy_kw=chalkboard&rsc=header_1

    You can also re-watch the segment from TV here:

    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/chalkboard-wall-calendar?autonomy_kw=chalkboard&rsc=header_2

    Hope that helps!

  • Love this idea, can't wait to read more

  • brill site this thecraftsdept.marthastewart.com formidable to see you have what I am actually looking for here and this this post is exactly what I am interested in. I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor :)

  • Cool!

  • Pretty cool post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say
    that I have really liked reading your blog posts. Anyway
    I’ll be subscribing to your blog and I hope you post again soon!

  • Do you have any information or pattern for the pillowcase dresses that you had in a spring Baby magazine. I have heard it was a great article and adorable dress. I am especially interested in the measurements for toddler sizes. Thanks for your help. Debra

  • I have a great Halloween craft idea--pinecone black witch that I would like to send,but can't find an address. Need help please. will send pictures and etc. Thanks Mariann Nicholas

  • This past week my grandchildren and I made beautiful Christmas ornaments out of burned out light bulbs and different bottle caps that were all painted gold or silver. We decoupaged fabric designs that were cut out. Different trims were added to complete the look. I would love to share the pictures that I took.
    Ann BUrrows

  • My husband and I want to make the hypertufa plant holders but are not sure what "mold release" we need to use before we pour in the mixture. Please e-mail us with the suggestion. We love your ideas and try many of them. Ron and Elaine

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Ron and Elaine,
    We used Universal Mold Release by Smooth-On. It's available from Sculpt.com. Details are in the guide on pg. 164.

  • I'm looking forward to all the new releases you have planned, and hope your move goes without flaw.

    (http://www.themountainline.com)

  • Here's hoping your move goes well. Looking forward more news.

  • I had it in my head that the "craft department" would really just be an automated factory line, great to see real people doing real crafts!!

  • Just stumbled across the crafts dept and I'm hooked! There is so much to learn from Martha and her team - For the summer, I found this article most helpful : http://www.marthastewart.com/photogallery/60-summer-crafts for 60 crafts - will be back very soon - keep up the good work.

  • Do you have any patterns or ideas for a fleece prayer shawl?

  • Wow, real crafts. This is great....and I love Martha. Very nice site !!

  • My mother loves Martha and all the new ideas she is always coming up with. She is a true inspiration for us all.

  • Just seeing the environment that you all have set up for doing crafts in makes me jealous... I'm working towards having a great craft-making studio in my home. Thanks for the cool ideas!

  • This is a great opportunity for me to find a site t that got my interest into crafting. I can relate with this site, because I am also sharing information regarding crafts.

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