This is an easy-to-read survey of artists using embroidery in contemporary, surprising and at times startling ways. The works shown will delight, amuse and provoke you. I wasn't specifically looking for a book with patterns, and have not tried any, so I cannot comment on them. Personally, I would have preferred some more depth on some of the artists. Additionally, I bought the kindle edition and have to say it was very poorly adapted. Notations for illustrations were out of order and quite confusing. It was necessary to flip backwards and forwards to read descriptions of the work and this definitely reduced reading pleasure. Also, while artists' website addresses were given, about half the time they weren't hot-linked, and in the iPad at least, it isn't possible to copy text from within the kindle app, so this was very annoying. Given the Kindle edition is only a few dollars less than a new copy from Amazon, this really isn't good enough.