Susan Bates is an experienced embroidery designer, known for her cross stitch designs. Here she turns her attention to free- style embroidery. the designs in this book illustrate her love of colour, pattern and detail. The book contains over 100 motifs and focuses on a variety of subjects, such as birds, flowers and the natural world. She also includes trendy motifs that feature lettering, fashion accessories and travel. And for those of you who like to relax there are motifs on the themes of tea and coffee breaks and summer gardens. The book uses simple stitches, all clearly explained in the tools and techniques sections. The diagrams are in full colour and each project is beautifully photographed. The designs will appeal to beginners and more experienced stitchers; there are small scale designs and also larger, more detailed designs. The stitched designs can be used to make into cushion covers, framed pictures, tablecloths and greetings cards. You could also use them to decorate purses and tote bags, or any other objects that you choose to decorate with your stitching.