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The Tapestry Handbook Hardcover – Nov 1990

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Tapestry Handbook (orig version) Dec 28 2009
By Terri K. Stewart - Published on
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I now own both books by Carol Russell on this subject. Both books were meant to be self-teaching, and much of the information in book two is a repeat from book one with the difference of additional images more in line with each chapter. However, book one is still chocked full of 'how to' info on techniques, yarn types, cartoons (patterns) and all kinds of tips and tricks that make up the fabric called tapestry. I must note that to use this book, the newbie should be a book literate person. The images in book one do not necessarily correspond with each chapter and one must search the images to find the techniques mentioned, and once you now what to look for it isn't all that hard to find. There are many good woven examples on technique and color value. Since this book is out-of-print, it is well worth purchasing to add to your collection of tapestry books. There is historical information as well, but the main focus is to be able to teach yourself the art of tapestry weaving where a human mentor is unavailable, and this book achieves that effort.
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Beautiful tapestries within Jan. 20 2014
By Gee - Published on
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there are beautiful tapestries in this book. However there is also a lot of outdated material, such as the woven clothes photos (the 60s are back!) . The tapestry works are wonderful,inspiring. Just some of the other material is terribly out of date and somewhat off putting because they can limit the idea of what people can make with cloth they have woven.
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beautiful tapestry July 9 2009
By M. Erbert - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Love this book. It is full of beautiful ideas and is appropriate for the beginning tapestry weaver as well as some one more advanced.
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Retro True Nov. 19 2012
By Vintage lover - Published on
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Although this book falls in another era, it provides great technique and inspiration that will keep you weaving for years!
The beginner's Bible. June 1 2014
By Torus34 - Published on
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Successful tapestry weaving requires a combination of practical technical knowledge and, for lack of a better term, artistic vision. Ms. Russell, a highly experienced teacher, provides an excellent guide to both in this book -- the first through precisely-written instructions and the second by a selection of photographs of superb contemporary tapestries. Not a 'coffee table' book, The Tapestry Handbook's densely written and demands that the reader pay full attention. In return, the student gets many tips, hints and 'Aha!' moments in return.

The only fault I could find is with some of the photographs which illustrate specific thread configurations: in b&w, they're not as easy to see and understand as one would like. It's a minor failing, however. On balance, the text more than makes up for any illustrative failing.