An incomplete list that I last updated on October 17, 2012.
Celebration of American Life by Barb Adams and Alma Allen: This book is full of project instructions for pillows, a purse, a mat, a hooked rug, a pin cushion, a cross-stitch sampler, and an applique quilt. It also includes stories about brave American women tied in with the quilt blocks, which I thought were interesting. It’s very patriotic and I love the primitive Americana style.
A Compendium of Curiosities by Tim Holtz: This is a pretty picture book full of interesting ideas and practical instructions. It features products from Tim Holtz’s own lines of, well, everything so it serves both as instruction book and product advertisement. Full warning: The book’s aesthetic (grunge) is one I love best, so I am decidedly biased in favor of it.
Digital Textile Design by Melanie Bowles & Ceri Isaac: This is a great book for getting into the nuts and bolts of designing fabric on a computer.
Embroidered Flora & Fauna: Three-Dimensional Textured Embroidery by Lesley Turpin-Delport & Nikki Delport-Wepener: I love this book. It’s low on instruction, but high on inspiration so if you need a step by step guide, this isn’t the book for you. If you want a different way to look at embroidery and stitched art in general, this is a great source.
A Field Guide to Fabric Design by Kimberly Kight: This is a great book for understanding the business of traditional and digital fabric design.