New Gingher Alicia!
Drawn to Stitch: Line, Drawing and Mark-Making in Textile Art by Gwen Hedley is 180 degrees in the opposite direction. It is full of ideas for the experimental and artistic end of the stitching landscape, using a variety of techniques including resists, transfers, and printing in addition to stiches to explore "innovative uses of line". Now, I am not a trained artist, nor do I have the resources to explore many of these techniques, but reading this type of book does help get my creative juices flowing. This page alone, I think may have blown my mind a little:
Those beige squiggles, were stitched using padding and wrapping techniques with fibers of different weights, to imitate worm casts in a rock. Amazing! Many of the pieces shown in this book were inspired by rocks or landscapes or even things like eroded walls, so this was a title I had to have. Gorgeous. Now if I could only find a little more time for the inspiration to carry through into execution.