Recently I couldn't resist ordering a few craft books from Amazon Japan. One that I received, called "Stitch Diary of Four Seasons" is absolutely stunning.
It features very pretty embroidery designs by the talented Japanese artist Kazuko Aoki.
I really must do more of this detailed sort of embroidery before my eyes age and I find it all too hard.
These images are just so cute they make me want to get stitching straight away.
You wouldn't want to touch this with hands straight from the potting shed.
The book includes these stunning wreaths - one for each season.
These are so unbelievably pretty.
What is even better is that, as always, there are instructions in the back.
I don't speak or read Japanese, but I can make out the initials DMC, and lots of numbers beside each element of the design, so I'm guessing these are thread colours. How fabulous. Then if you match up the Japanese characters to the same on the stitch glossary page, you know what stitch to use.
There's just never enough time to do all these pretty projects.