Sadly this latest pretty addition to the learn to weave craft movement does not have much more going for it except eye-candy, though the author's fans will probably lap it up as the latest "you-beaut" fashionable craft. The techniques are basic at best; you will find better for free online, and there are a lot of books available on Amazon, republished from the 60s and 70s, that show what is really achievable in free-form weaving, and there are plenty of other excellent books that handle tapestry weaving in 2D and 3D, and all these have been around and freely available, even in far flung Australia! This is one craft where the age of your instructions doesn't matter, and older is often better in spite of the black and white photos. The only certain value it has is as a collection of basic techniques in one binding, particularly if you have already tried your hand on frame loom weaving and have a collection of printed out notes from different websites, though I would recommend Youtube for better tutorials than are found in here.
If you have children in your life, this could be an good book to get them inspired to start the over-under obsession. Its full of modern but not original projects in bright modern colours and goes through basic stitches and techniques on different kinds of looms. It also has instructions for building your own looms. It cannot be faulted as a child's introduction to the concept of weaving, though I suspect that any child over 12 years of age could be quickly bored unless they can use the projects as a jumping off point for their own imaginative patterns and designs.
I recommend the Kindle edition as its the cheapest legal way of getting you hands on a copy of this book, otherwise pester your local library to get it in, and then borrow it. Ms Moodie has produced some lovely quality work herself. Its a great pity she didn't pass on some of her own tricks and tips to make this a "must have" well-thumbed addition to a personal library instead of a coffee table book to show your friends how arty and crafty you are.
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