It's packed full of information for the beginner who wants to stretch and expand their skills and there are loads of hints and tips and clear visual instructions.
Having played and practiced I felt confident enough to try a small project, the instructions for which I downloaded from Angie Hughes' site. There are downloadable instructions for quite a few projets available and I think Angie still runs these workshops but if you're confident enough or just too far away you can dive straight in and have a go. Personally I found the instructions pretty easy to follow but you should have some basic machine stitching experience. I have really enjoyed doing this and although it's nowhere near perfect it's given me a chance to try some really interesting processes.
For example, cable stitch, which involves hand winding your bobbin with a thicker thread (eg embroidery floss) and stitching with your right side facing down - ie you can't see it (!)
and I ended up with this - see the raised gold thread that looks as though it's been couched?
The actual bag was pretty much an A4 pattern template worked on black velvet and after adding foils, applying small squares of silk with Bondaweb, a layer of organza and practicing my free machine embroidery skills including vermicelli stitch, whip stitch and couching, I ended up with this...
It was then finally cut out machine stitched into shape (can you imagine how fiddly those bottom triangles were?), a lining added, some eyelets and a tassle and hey presto!!!