I certainly wasn't planning to buy any more craft books when I went to the Knitting and Stitching show, but this one on the Embroiderers' Guild book stand caught my attention and I just couldn't put it down.
Woolly Embroidery is an American English language version of a book that was originally published in Japan in 2006. Split into two halves, the first part of the book provides beautiful photographs of various embroidered items, whilst the second half contains instructions and patterns for the reader to be able to reproduce them, along with a detailed reference chart for all the colours used in the designs.
There are some incredibly cute patterns and this Sewing Kit Case stood out as being particularly good, as well as being practical.
The piece from which the cover photograph is taken is also very appealing. The dog looking up at the trees is incredibly sweet and is a reason in itself for me to brush up my childhood embroidery skills. Then again, the inside cover of the book tells me that "if you can sew a button, you can embroider". Maybe there's hope for me yet.