I recently purchased Art Quilt Workbook by Jane Davila and Elin Waterston at JoAnn using my 40% off coupon, and I love it. Now, I'm not much of a quilter (yet!), but this book really inspires me. For thing, it has some great basic art information, presented succinctly, as well as the quilting information. It has exercises and homework, both of which encourage and engage me. Right now I'm reading the book cover-to-cover, but I can't wait to have the time to work it. I doubt if I'll take the time to do much with it before my Featured Artist show, as I really need to concentrate on that, artistically. I doubt if my quilting work would be up to show standards at this point ... Not that I'm convinced that any of my other work is up to "show standards"!
Another new book is Stitched Collage by Sherrill Khan. I wasn't thrilled with this one. It's a very short book and is too heavy on gallery and not heavy enough on step-by-step technique for my tastes. I'm fairly new to all this stitching stuff, so I need some hand-holding! Don't get me wrong, Khan's work is gorgeous and she does give some how-to, it's just not basic enough for my tastes.
Finally, I just finished reading Paper Transformed by Julia Andrus (another JoAnn find!). It was a great book! Step-by-step instructions for the techniques, and projects in the back to inspire the imagination in using the techniques. I loved it. In fact, I found a couple of projects to try to see if I could get my Muse back in the swing of things.
What are you reading?