Artfully Embroidered, Motifs and Patterns for Bags and More by Naoko Shimoda, is one of my newest books. This book combines both traditional Japanese and western motifs to create fresh and modern looking embroidery designs. Step-by-step instructions and templates are provided to create sewn or embroidered projects. The motifs can also be used in original work. This book also includes projects to create handbags, totes, coin purses, and beaded brooches. Each project has coloured photos showing the hand embroidery. Several paper patterns for a few projects in the book, are included.
I may not make any of the projects in this book, but the combination of the various embroidery motifs gives food for thought!