It's a super awesome book with great projects, but I was simply too intimidated to actually create anything. That was, until I found this website Earthsong Fibers which had a kit to make one of the projects (Unfortunately it doesn't look like they have the kit anymore, but they still have some great items!). The kit came with instructions in a magazine, felt and every different type of thread you need for the project.
I am an absolutely novice stitcher, all I've ever done is a few embroidered handkerchiefs (I had NO IDEA what I was doing with those!) I had to Google some of the stitches, but there were great directions online. The purse only took me about 3 hours start to finish, which, I think, is pretty good for a beginner!