An excellent overview of contemporary trends in machine stitching. The essay by Nigel Hurlstone on the relationship between drawing and stitching is particularly inspiring and enlightening while other chapters, written by award winning embroidery artists, tend towards their choice of fellow practitioners and their reasons for admiring them. My only disappointment was in the lack of information about the machinery use. I bought the book because I wanted to learn about different machines and accordingly the effects obtainable. While there is one brief chapter on the machines, offering a couple of lines on various makes, and in other chapters the machines used for examples illustrated are noted, photographs of the machines, the feet used, further details would be useful. Methodology of particular artists would also be interesting, for example how does Alice Kettle manage to get such large areas of cloth through the machine? A source list of suppliers would als be appreciated for the machines, the fibres and other materials eg soluble film and cloth. The book does provide a wide and handsome selection of coloured photographs of current embroideries.