I've owned the book Sublime Stitching by Jenny Hart for a few years now. Check out her website for lots of embroidery goodness.) The book is a great primer for embroidery. It details all the basics from start to finish including the important beginning and ending type of advice that a regular pattern will never detail. I would recommend the book for anyone wanting to learn embroidery, as a reference material or for the many, many patterns included.
The book details the basic embroidery stitches. Just the basics, this is not an encyclopedia of stitches.
The pictures are lovely and provide great inspiration but are few.
Most of the book is iron-on patterns (sample above). The patterns are very cute with a retro feel. I've used the book once before and tomorrow will share another embroidery.