Endo, Yasuko. “Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs” Fort Collins, CO: Interweave, 2014.
Yasuko Endo’s first book was mainly about stitching beaded lines and bands. This one covers adding beads to individual embroidered elements – everything from sweets to ethnic costumes to paisley patterns, flowers, birds and bugs to surface darning, trellis, lattice and knotted stitches. The motifs would be fun to embroider on scissor fobs or needle books. (I particularly like the little penguin family.) Lattice and darning stitches look very different with added beads. Those of us who embroidered the lattice sampler might want to add some beads to it!
Lake, Carole and Michael E. Boron. “Painted Canvas Embellishment: An Idea Book” Austin, TX: Stitches Plain & Fancy, c2014.
Have you ever bought a painted needlepoint canvas and been stumped wondering what threads, colours and stitches you should use? Or have you ever thought of changing some of the stitches on a needlepoint kit? This is the book for you.
The first third covers how to select a well-designed and painted canvas and a description of all the hundreds of embroidery threads that were available in 2013. The latter two thirds is full of possible stitches (and their charts) for faces, hair, clothing, buildings, leaves and foliage, snow and ice, angel wings, stars, motifs, backgrounds, bands, lines, and shading.
This is a great reference book which will give you plenty of ideas to personalize your stitching.