While this is a very good book, it can be intimidating to the beginning lace maker.
I received this book and several other books when I decided to teach myself bobbin lace. The sheer overwhelming amount of diagrams, information, and instructions was too much. I put this book aside and used the other, simpler, books to get started on the basics and to make my first projects. I now use Practical Skills as a reference manual for looking up specific stitches or alternate methods, but it should not be the first book a lace maker gets. It contains skill sets but not patterns, so be sure to learn the basics before looking for this book.