A washing day zip pouch
One of my new favourite embroidery books is Aneela Hoey's Little Stitches. It contains over 100 embroidery designs and twelve projects where the embroidery patterns are interchangeable, which is a fantastic idea. You can stitch the patterns quite simply if you want to but at the same time there is full instructions on how to be a little more adventurous with your stitching, for example the embroidery overlaying the fill stitching on the jumper on the washing day zip pouch.
The beauty of this book though is that the embroidery patterns really could go on anything, each design is quite small, so doesn't take too long to stitch up (particularly if you skip the fill stitching), so the designs could go on any number of things to cheer them up. I was so keen to stitch as many of these fun designs as possible, I ended up making a cushion with the designs I had chosen (project not in the book but is pretty easy to do).
Embroidery patterns from Little Stitches
And on one final note, the book not only includes the patterns on the page (so that you can photocopy them and transfer the pattern using a lightbox, window, etc.) but it also includes iron on transfers, more embroidery books should do that!