Thinking of taking up some type of embroidery as a creative skill? Or wanting to improve your skills?
~ Hand Embroidery ~
Mega Books (stitch bibles, encyclopedias, complete guides, etc.)
The Embroidery Stitch Bible (I noticed that this one is spiral bound–seems like that would be handy!)
~ Specialties ~
I don’t have a lot of links here (and may never) but these should at least give you an idea of what each type of embroidery is and whether or not you want to pursue it.
~ Related Needlework ~
See Allie Aller’s Crazy Quilting: Modern Piecing & Embellishing Techniques for Joyful Stitching for an introduction. If you look through the “customers who bought this item also bought” list you should see more crazy quilting books with nice covers that show more examples of what crazy quilting looks like.
See The Cross Stitcher’s Bible for examples.
See Beginner’s Guide to Hardanger to learn what is is.
See A-Z of Needlepoint.
A-Z of Smocking: A complete manual for the beginner through to the advanced smocker. Usually used on clothing.
~ Machine Embroidery ~
Machine embroidery is done with a sewing machine with some decorative stitches, with a sewing machine/embroidery machine, or with an embroidery only machine (typically the term does not refer to using just a few decorative sewing machine stitches). What you plan to use is an important factor in what resources you use.
A Few Books on the Subject