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.