Library Time and a Giveaway.....

I've got piles of books about embroidery, but every time I find myself at the thrift store, or, better yet, a library book sale (aren't those the best?) I look for more.  My friend Janae Easton found  this gem at a flea market in Florida and it's one of my favorites, if for no other reason than it's got a beautiful linen cover (but it gets better).
Mariska Karasz's drawings are whimsical and inspired, and the directions are clearly illustrated and easy to understand.  The wide selection of chain stitches is particularly lovable.   I recently found another book about the artist at the library and discovered more of her work....
From beautifully illustrated posters advertising her fashion designs, to whimsical embroideries and beautiful line studies, this book is a treasure.   The peach in the collection is surely this beautiful portrait of her daughter, Roszika.  I love the patterned background and those perfectly embroidered lips.
What are your favorite books on embroidery?  Do you have a special go to guide when you can't remember the bullion stitch or the woven picot?  Is there an artist who's work makes you swoon?   Leave a comment with your book recommendation, and when the new sampler comes out (Tomorrow!) I will pick one at random to receive a free copy at 8pm Central Time.  One comment per person, but please feel free to leave more than one book tip.