If, like me, you have lots of ideas but really don't know how to turn these into a textile piece - what background to use, what stitches will give the desired effect - then this is the book for you! This is just a wonderful book. Techniques and starting points are clearly described and there are lots of beautiful photographs of excellent and varied samples. But this is definitely not a `projects' book. What I really appreciated, is that no one particular style of embroidery is `pushed' at you. You are allowed, indeed encouraged, to experiment, explore and develop your own style.
This had me dashing out to the nearest needlework shop the minute I could bear to put it down. The photographs show just what can be done with thread. This is not a book for those who want pale and genteel results - the vibrant textiles are beautifully photographed and make you realise that if you set your imagination free magic things can indeed happen with your stitches! I already had The Complete Guide to Creative Embroidery by Jan Beaney and Jean Littlejohn which concentrates more on design. This book covers some new ground and complements the other book. The only criticism I have is that there is not enough technical instruction on how to create the various stitches.
An excellent book to inspire free stitching by two of the foremost textile artists. Would highly recommend it to anyone interested in taking up or starting a course in stitched textiles as well as the more experienced.