I absolutely loved this book. It's full of wonderful floral designs and vibrant colors that make the heart sing just to look at them. It consists of three sections: an introduction to color theory and guide to embroidery basics and stitches, 20 projects, and 267 additional motifs. The author's design aesthetic is very appealing to me, and her color sense is terrific.
The color information is very useful, providing an overview of color theory and guidance on how apply the theory to the practical task of picking out color schemes for embroidery projects. There are also color exploration exercises, helpful for those who (like me!) tend to get stuck in a rut of a few favorite color schemes.
There's plenty of advice on preparing fabric, types of thread, embroidery tools and transfer methods, along with clear, well-illustrated instruction on the techniques and stitches used in the projects, which makes the book inviting and approachable even for the absolute beginner.
I found the instructions to be clear and concise -- even the more complex projects shouldn't be out of reach for an adventurous beginner, and there's plenty to interest more experienced stitchers as well. There are 20 projects, with something for many different levels of skill and experience. Most craft books with projects will only have a few that I want to make, but there are easily a dozen or more projects in this book that I want make. There are lovely embellishment projects, such as a little girl's skirt, an embellished bedding set, and a delightful Mexican folk art-inspired blouse. There are also quite a few sewing projects, ranging from easier projects like the cheerful pom-pom luminaries and a microfiber-lined glasses case (a brilliant idea - my glasses always come out of their hard-shell case all dusty!) to ones involving somewhat more complex sewing, such as a calendar framed in embroidered motifs and a beautiful appliqued baby quilt. I personally can't wait to get started on the calendar and the dala horse projects in particular.
The last section contains 267 motifs, with a great variety of floral and leafy motifs as well as border and corner designs. The accompanying CD has digital files for all the projects and motifs. The project templates are in PDF format, and the motifs are all available in both EPS and JPEG formats.
All in all, I can't recommend this book highly enough. It's beautiful and inspiring, filled with lovely projects.