I just received Alysn Midgelow-Marsden's book, Stitch, Fibre, Metal & Mixed Media. The photography throughout the book is excellent, with lots of close ups. There's lots of inspiration for the textile artist.
Alysn shares her ideas for working with embroidered textiles by combining fibres and stitching with various forms of metal and other mixed media. Her work includes dying, painting, piecing and burning fabrics as well as adding embellishment by hand and sewing machine.
The section about materials is quite informative and to the point.
The project section comprises most of the book. The directions for each project are excellent and can be translated into other projects and not just the ones shown.
If you are interested in exploring different methods for surface embellishment, consider this book.