This is an excellent book for a beginner, the instructions are very detailed and there are many step by step illustrations. The equipment required is described in a way that does not promote a particular manufacturer, however this can make it more difficult when you are searching for an item without a product number. She covers all aspects of parchmentcraft, detailed instructions on how to emboss, cutting crosses etc. Many painting and colouring techniques are covered making this a good reference book to keep on the shelf. I think that this is definitely a beginners book though, a parcher with some experience would find the instructions too detailed.