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We know that no matter how many articles we write, or how many blog posts we put together, there will always be information that you want and we miss. For this reason, we are very excited to announce a new section to our blog: Ask the Crafts Dept.!

This is where you chose the content. Just ask us a question, anything, and we will do our best to answer. Are you having trouble getting a hem just right on your recent sewing project? Looking for a tip on the best glue for your glitter? Want to know what inspired your favorite good thing? Ask us here and we'll let you know. 

Here's how it will work:

Send your question (with photos, if relevant) to us VIA EMAIL at thecraftsdept@marthastewart.com with the subject ASK THE CRAFTS DEPT

Every other week we will put our heads together and choose one question to answer here on the blog (frequency may change with the amount of questions we receive).

We look forward to hearing from you!

Comments (59)

  • Any tips for making an upholstered head board? Also, I've seen them attached to the wall but I'm wondering how that is done and is there special hardware.

  • [...] more: An Introduction « The Crafts Dept. Categories: Art, Crafts Tags: and-accessories, and-memorable, Art, Crafts, creating-beautiful, [...]

  • What a great feature.

  • A few years ago, I copied a Martha Stewart template for a Halloween party. It was an eyeball template that you cut out and taped to the bottom of a clear disposable drinking cup. I can't find the template anywhere, can you help me? I've looked all over for it on MS.com and can't find it!

  • Hi guys,
    Love this idea! I was wondering if you have a good pattern to knit some golf covers? I want to make one for my boyfriend as we come into the wet Irish Winter! I've just recently become a knitter so nothing too complicated!
    Thanks!

  • Dear Do It Yourself:
    Where can I get the directions for making the lettuce planter box as shown on Martha's show last Friday, Sept. 11th,09?

    Thank you for any help you can give me.

  • Hello crafters. Penning fr Malaysia. I am fascinated how a beautiful yarn can churn out beautiful things. Am not good at craft work. Would like to try my hands on crocheting. I actually bought a book Teach Yourself Visually Crocheting by Kim P. Werker and Cecily Keim by Wiley Publishing Inc. but you know is not easy to comprehend it especially for me. Can you help me pls to learn how to crochet. Thank you and hope to hear fr you guys and girls soon. Ta ta.

  • Can you help me find the direction for the photo coasters that were made on a recent show? The pictures were applied to stone tiles, I just can't remember the total process. Many thanks! I plan to make one tile for each wedding picture in our family - and give as a small wedding gift.

  • Hello!

    I need some ideas... I am wanting to have a Halloween party. I am an AVON representative and am wanting to have my grand-opening in October. I had the idea of a spa-like party. Called waxing the moon! I have done some research and the moon is waxing over the 23rd and 24th. When I did further research, I found that there were actual beauty tips for this time. The tips include: replentish, rejuvenate and repair. Suggestions included: mositurizing, massages and hair conditioning. Funny thing is the waning of the moon October 9th and 10th is when it was recommended to detoxify, exfoliate, do sea salt baths and facials. I know the waning of the moon is ideally when all of this is to go on
    (10-09 and 10-10) but this is not enough time to throw a tasteful little spa party together. Can I PLEASE get some thoughtful ideas from you within the craft department? I don't think replentishing, rejuvenating and repair go hand in hand with spooky death like decorations! (lol)
    Many Many Thanks!
    Dana Crowell @ sbcglobal.net

  • OOPS!
    i need to clarify my email is crowelldjc@sbcglobal.net NOT Dana Crowell@sbcglobal.net!

    one other little note... the waxings are one of the things I really wanted to do, but according to my research... waxings should be done at the waning of the moon! Which is the earlier dates of 10-9 and 10-10 which is not enough time to get the party preparations and invitations out.

    Hope I haven't added to the confusion!
    Many Thanks Again!
    Dana Crowell
    crowelldjc@sbcglobal.net

  • Dear Martha:

    I have an upholstered patterned stool from which I'd like to copy the pattern onto a long strip of brown paper that I've painted olive green. The paper will be used as a homemade wallpaper heading around the ceiling in my bathroom.

    How exactly, do I successfully remove or duplicate the pattern from the stool onto my long, painted, paper wall strip?

    How do I treat the handmade painted wallpaper strip so as to waterproof it from moisture in the bathroom? How about what to use when applying it to the wall? What adhesive is appropriate? How about protecting/coating the wall strip and making it wipeable without the paint or pattern coming off?

    No prior experience in this area. Any information is helpful for my dream master bathroom.

    Thank you.

  • I was watching your show today, Sept. 17, about felting. I have been felting now for about two years. I love it so much that I went out and purchased the felting machine. You should try it I really think that you will enjoy it.

  • Last night I was watching the "On Demand" program of Martha Stewart Halloween - chicken costumes. What captured my interest was the crazy hats that Martha and her guest were wearing. One was a bird nest hat and the other a floral hat. Where do I find the directions for these hats? My elementary school has a crazy hat day, and these would be perfect for this occasion. Thanks for your help.

  • I have been scouring the internet and your site trying to find out how to get my hands on a video segment from your 2001 Christmas Special. I'm looking for the demonstration of how to make the German Christmas Carousels or Christmas Pyramids. I've heard them called both, and it's been so long, I don't remember which term was used on the show. I'd prefer to have the video, as my fiance is valiantly trying to make me one of these, and we're struggling. Thanks!!

  • Ok I need to read better. I loved the idea, but now am wondering...if our question isn't picked, will we still receive an attempt at an answer? Thanks for the clarification

  • I am trying to make name place cards for each dinner guest. Does anyone know where to buy the rub on letters? They used to be available in stationery stores. They need to be small enough to fit on a place card. My handwriting is not so good, I want the place cards to look elegant. All I can find are alphabet stickers and they are too large.

  • I downloaded the instructions for the duck step stool but can't find the pattern for the duck. Please help. I would love to make 3 of these. One each for my grandchildren but I need the measurements/dimentions for the ducks and the step. Thank you.

  • I was wondering if you can preserve a uncarved pumpkin for decoration?

  • I belong to a stitchers group and do a lot of embroidery, using kits with preprinted designs on them. The instructions usually say to wash to remove the markings when complete. This does not always work. Some kits I have tried white vinegar, lemon juice, oxyclean,dilute bleach, all to no avail. At our recent county fair i was denied a chance for a best of show as the marking lines could still be see. Other than always embroidering outside the lines, (doen't work with cross stitch) any suggestions on how to ger rid of these marks?

  • please, it was years aog but for halloween martha made bats with wings that flipped around, paper, paper clip & an elastic band. im getting married next year & would like to put the bats in my invitations but don't remember how to make them. thanx

  • Hi Martha and friends, I don't have a question as such I just thought Martha would like to have a look at the cushions I make. I make them to order and sell them on line, I think they are a great way to teach children the letters of the alphabet and the numbers. I'm sure you get lots of these kinds of emails but I've been watching Martha and she is always talking about new and unusual gifts so I thought she woul like to have a look. Thanks for your time and I hope you like the cushions. Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Kind regards
    Julie Joyce form Brisbane Queensland Australia

  • Years ago (10?) I made a felt flowered wreath featured in Living. It was in a Christmas Issue I believe. Very Colorful, non-traditional brightly colored, tons of cut out felt flowers stitched onto a wreath. I'd love to have the pattern again. Thanks for your help.

  • Hi! I'm a working Mom with two kids most of my meals are delivered. I have tons of empty containers what craft can I do for my kids at school or for decoratin, etc, with them since I don't want to discard them.
    Thanks

  • Hi! A few years ago Martha gave directions of a halloween card, when you opened the envelope (or card?)_a bat flew out! I can't find the directions anywhere on the internet or this site, can you help?

  • Did Martha show how to make your own pages for your day planners? I would love to make my own.
    Thanks

  • Many years ago, in a magazine issue, you had a page of labels that were antique looking. Fruits and Vegetable???, light green in color with a white background. They were so antique looking. I grow my own fruits and vegetables thru out the year, can and preserve, and give away as Christmas gifts. I haven't been able to find the labels after several moves. Can you help!
    I appretiate any help. I will be waiting patiently.

  • I saw a show the other day (I believe it was october 9) and martha was making halloween tutus with her crafting guest. I think at the end of the segment, she mentioned a deal where you could trade in your old machine toward the purchase of a new one. I would LOVE to participate in that program but I can't find any information on it anywhere.

    Can you enlighten me?

  • I've been doing decorative painting for eleven years. We have done Christmas balls each year and use Martha Stewart fine glitters almost exclusively. Our class is currently looking for the color "Jasper" and cannot find it anywhere! Is it a retired color? If not where can we find it? This goregous burgandy color is what we would like to use on our current project.
    Thanks for any information you may beable to provide!
    Sharyn

  • We have been looking in all your arcives and cannot find your template or instructions on how to make a plant stand that Martha made on her show. It was made with wood that looked like a bench, it had 2 shelves, about 36 inches height and about 3 maybe 4 foot long. Martha painted it white. WE would like to make it for our herbs. Please if you or anyone can point us in the right direction on where to get it I'd so much appreciate it. This is the second time we've tried to write on the site to someone in hopes of an answer. Possibly was made around August. Thanks love the ideas.

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Debora,

    I believe this is the information you're looking for.

    http://www.marthastewart.com/article/tiered-plant-stand

    It's best to search for specific projects you've see in the past on marthastewart.com. Our blog periodically links to TV or magazine projects, but marthastewart.com is easy to search and includes A LOT of projects with templates and how to's.

  • I am looking for a pattern or a how to on making a reuseable lunch bag. I would need it to have two compartments so that I could put any paperwork, magazine or what have you that I don't want to get wet if the food spilled and a place to stand two large water bottles. I've tried to buy something but they just aren't right it I had a basic bag I think I could modify it to meet my wants and needs
    Thank You

  • I love Your craft room but My space is going to be much smaller....I have tons and tons of paper, rubberstamps over 400 and lets of scrapbook supplies of many kinds....What ideas can You give Me thank you

  • Hello,

    I need help trying to find materials to make Softest Scarf in the December 2009 issue on page 122. The Knit-Wit website has been down. Do anyone know of an alternative tool? The item also states to get an ultra-thin yarn. I have been to Walmart, Michaels and Joann to find this type of yarn, and have had no luck. Do anyone know where I can find these materials? Thank you so very much for any response you may have.

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Jenny,

    We’re looking into the availability of the knitwit. We should have an answer soon. In the mean time, there may be some available on ebay.

    The yarn is sourced in the guide on page 246. It’s silk-mohair blend in color #36 Shisyamu (A-32B) from Habu Textiles, 212-239-3546 or habutextiles.com.

    -Morgan

  • Hello crafters,

    For several years I have been wanting to do the tinsel snowflakes in the Dec 2005 issue. However the two year old got his hands on my magazine and destroyed it. I can not remember what colors were used. Can anyone help? I know crafts are meant to be creative but it would be nice if the website would start listing all the information, including where purchased and color used etc. The crafts on the show are always perfect and it would be nice to be able to recreate them as shown. Thanks.

  • Crafter Comment:

    You should be be able to find everything you need here. http://www.marthastewart.com/article/tinsel-snowflake

  • Hi, Morgan,
    Like Ms. Flores, I have been trying to get the materials to make the Softest Scarf in the December 2009 issue on page 122. Bought the Knitwit on Ebay and the yarn #36 Shisyamu (A-32B) from Habu textiles. However this is a single yarn and the instructions on page 122 say "It owes its diaphanous look to *two* strands of ultra-thin yarn-each a different shade of pink--used as one (wind them together around the tool once." (emphasis added). This to me means one needs to purchase two different colors of pink yarn or else use two strands of the same yarn. I think you folks meant the former--in which case can you tell us what other color of pink was used? The Shisyamu is extremely light in color.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Crafter Comment:

    We used the Rowan kidsilk haze mohair in a light, light pink. Unfortunately, they discontinued the color that we used. Any thin mohair will work in the project, you just want it to coordinate nicely with the first color.

    I wish we could give the exact color, but its not longer in production.

  • I cannot figure out for the life on me how to enlarge the document to make the crepe paper roses, could you give me some tips?

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Jessica-

    I'f you can't enlarge the document with software you have, you can print it out, brinng it to a copy shop, and have them enlarge it for you. It should cost less than a dollar.

  • I would like instructions on the chenille rings demonstrated on the show. Thank you

  • Many years ago you had put a craft into your Martha Stewart Living magazine that I am now interested in but can not find...It is for a glue gun holder. It was to hold it upright or simply to make it safer between uses. Can you reprint it or tell me what issue and what year I can find it...Thanking you

  • In a show around St Patricks day, you had a segment on Martha Stewert Living, about making a goo for kids to play with, made out of borax. I would love to have the recipe so I can make it with my grandkids

  • I wanted to make your pillow case with felt (alphas), but can't find a place that supplies wool felt in colors that are appropirate for children (I think one needs to use wool felt, and all I could find online was BLACK!).
    I now have all this polyester felt, but would still like to make the pillow cases if I could find wool felt (reasonable, not by the yard only). I, also, ran into the problem of finding an easy way to CUT out the alpha templates.

    Can you help?

    Thanks, in advance for your consideration.

  • See above comment.

  • I really appreciate this feature and would like to suggest that it be used on every tab!(ie. the pets and community tabs)
    I am brand new to this site and am very, very frustrated. I've now spent 2 hours going round and round this site trying to find what I'm looking for!
    I need info about a craft for cats that was done with Marc Morrone recently. I found a clip with Marc that was part of the show I watched, but it didn't include the the segment of the cardboard box cat tower he made.
    Where do I find directions, needed materials, etc.? (How did he keep boxes together yet re-arrangeable?) For that matter, how do I find anything?
    That show was made up of bits and pieces of former shows 'cause it's summer re-run time! AARRRGGHH!
    I really so like the show and web, just need some help figuring it out. Hope you can.
    Thanks bunches, a fan in OH

  • Years ago Martha made a Christmas village out of balsam wood.. I have scoured all of my old magazines and checked in the craft area... can not find!!... anyway you could track it down for me??!!..

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hello Sue - It is from our December 1998 issue - if you still have it. If not it is also in Out Christmas book volume 5. The amazon link is below.

    http://www.amazon.com/Classic-Crafts-Recipes-Holidays-Christmas/dp/0609808508/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1286812306&sr=8-3-fkmr1

  • On a morning show I saw a gift option of a canvas photo on a frame (the kind that is wrapped over a frame) that one could do from their home printer. However, I can't find that canvas photo paper anywhere. Does anyone have any ideas. I thought it would be easy to find. thank you.

  • Crafter Comment:

    Follow this link-

    http://www.amazon.com/Strathmore-Inkjet-Paper-Canvas-8-5x11/dp/B0024KW14M

    There seem to be a few options there, Linda.

    Hope this helps!

  • Blake, thanks so much for such a quick response. Seems like ordering online is the best option. Linda

  • BTW, I'm green w/ envy that you guys are doing this for a living. Thank you so much for all that you and your team do, keep up the good work.

    My question: Where do you think the next trend is for crafting? We had and serge on scrapbooking, knitting, sewing, felting. What do you think it's the next big thing?

  • What is the name of the permanent adhesive (green and yellow tube) used to make the Mesh Wire Lace necklace. Kristin St. Clair was the designer and the show aired March 2, 2011. Thanks

  • Crafter Comment:

    The glue is Quick Grip by Beacon Adhesive.

  • Hi Martha and Staff:
    I just received the scoring board today. Do you have a tuturiol that can show me how to do the many things. I saw you on HSN on March 31st, and ordered the item. I like directions on making flowers and also general use.
    Thank you.
    Filomena

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Filomena,

    Here are a couple links to projects using the Scoring Board-

    Boxes, Medallions, and a Pie Box.

    We hope you enjoy your Scoring Board!

  • I love the pictures on the craft room and would like to know where the drawer dividers were found. I have a craft room that I am working on and have found a wonderful old drawer/book shelf unit at a garage sale that I am organizing. I like the dividers because it looks like they can be changed to fit the tools for that drawer. Any help would be appreciated.

  • Love making cards but need a sorce for good quality envelopes in a good variety of colors. Could you supply me with that? Thank you.

  • Crafter Comment:

    Hi Lisa!

    We recommend Paper Presentation, which has a retail store in New York at 23 West 18th Street and a great online shop: http://www.paperpresentation.com/

    Here's the link for envelopes: http://www.paperpresentation.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=CTGY&Category_Code=E

    Good luck!

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