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Shangold started out as a weaver during the 1960s, then spent her career in fiber arts, owning a yarn shop, designing patterns, and working as an importer and distributor for a popular line of knitting yarns. Following her retirement, the author returned to weaving, but instead of working on the large-floor loom she used early in her career, she switched to a rigid-heddle loom and began exploring the possibilities of weaving on a basic, two-shaft machine. Shangold emphasizes how easy it is to get started on a rigid-heddle loom, and her warping and weaving directions are thorough and helpful. The projects are the type of shapeless tops generally found in Knitter's Magazine and other XRX publications—think ponchos, ruanas, and boxy cardigans—so weavers who prefer more tailored, fitted garments may need to apply Shangold's techniques to their own designs. VERDICT The information about weaving on a rigid-heddle loom and combining knitting and weaving in the same project is beneficial for multicrafters, but the designs are generally unappealing and unflattering to most body types.