I received several books for Christmas. Embroidered Landscapes, Hand Embroidery, Layering & Surface Stitching by Judy Wilford, is one of them. This hard covered book, with 287 pages, has lots of coloured photos and sketches. I've haven't had time to really get into this book but I can see that it will be a great reference. I'm especially interested in her stitching of various plants, grasses and trees. It's a great book for the beginner and experienced embroiderer interested in creating small landscapes.
Judy Wilford has 30 years of
experimentation, refinement, and tutoring under her belt, and her
process combines and adapts different genres, textiles, traditional
stitches, and embroidery styles. Part 1 covers the materials and
equipment, lays out a simple landscape, and demonstrates background
layering and surface stitching. The second section contains a range of
projects, each developing and extending the various techniques.