I had an appointment downtown this morning. It was just a couple of blocks from Powell's City of Books. I was unable to resist it's siren song. While I am very proud of myself for getting out of there without spending a dime, I am now consumed with book lust.
I am pining away for Russian Textiles: Printed Cloths for the Bazaars of Central Asia by Susan Meller. I have lots of textile books because I love patterns, and I find there is lots of overlap between books. This book is full of designs I have never seen before. Plus, there is a nice essay by Robert Kushner, describing how these textiles have inspired and informed his work.
Here is a lovely book, Vintage Textured Barkcloth by Margaret Meier. I love barkcloth! There lots of images in the book, and the author has a nice chatty style. The book also tells you how to tell vintage from reproduction barkcloth and how to care for your vintage pieces. I can't think of a single reason why I need to know any of this, but I like these sort of details.
Saving the best for last: Tribal & Village Rugs: The Definitive Guide to Design, Pattern, and Motif by Peter F. Stone. I absolutely must have this book! The only reason I didn't buy it on the spot was because I didn't have my Powell's store credit with me. I am not even going to give you a description, just click the link.
While we are on the subject of embroidery, check out the modern embroidered artwork of Takashi Iwasaki. I find this work incredibly inspiring. I am going to be working on some all embroidery pieces of my own in the near future.