I highly recommend this book, especially if you like to learn by doing. This is a workbook oriented book. Within the first few pages, you will make a simple frame loom (if you do not already have a tapestry loom), find a few easy to find materials, and you begin making your weave along sampler. Instead of having to digest a few chapters before getting hands on, you are hands on almost immediately. But the author does not skimp on illustrations, photos, or detailed instructions. After the sampler, you will move on to more progressively detailed products that you will be proud to display, rather than stuff in a drawer or box of "first attempts". After the sampler, the projects include:
A gorgeous sun sampler that you will want to hang on your wall. This sampler goes back over what you learned in the first introductory sampler, but adds additional detail and is a little more technical, and the result is a fresh update on those somber toned tapestries of the 1970's. Next, a peruvian inspired bird tapestry with bead and feather trim; a cat and fishes tapestry; a simple beach landscape; the tree tapestry that is also the cover illustration; instructions for warp and weft variations; using bright color and shades of grey; instructions for weaving from the side; suggestions for using what you've learned to design your own tapestries; an owl sampler; a colorful sleeping dog sofa cushion; equally colorful sleeping cat and bird sofa cushions; finishing, framing and mounting techniques, and as if you haven't already had enough eye candy as you've been working along with the author, a gallery of even more inspiring work. By the time you have finished working through this book, you will be past the beginning weaver stage and into intermediate designing and weaving. Ms. Glasbrook has packed a lot of information into the 96 pages of this book. This book is not every thing you will need/want to know about tapestry weaving, but this book gives you a very solid foundation.