I love this book by Melinda A. Barta. I bought it when I first started to do embroidery. It gave me inspiration. I love the designs and colors. In particular, I really like the thimbles designs. I like soft thimbles (I am allergic to nickel/metal) and they have designs which are almost too pretty to use! The chicken and egg napkin rings are very fun. The projects are easy, colorful, and playful. Hip to Stitch has great detail regarding embroidery stitches, materials and tools. You should really check this book out!