My daughter Alison gave me three stitching books for Christmas. Each is likely to produce things that will be the subject of later blogs as they are full of very substantial ideas.
There is a lifetime of creative ideas in The Art of Manipulating Fabric.
I really like the project-based approach and some of the objects are truly beautiful.
Secondly, this book has a very clear section on the variations on tent stitch, the standard needlepoint stitch, with explanations about the effect on shape and strength from each stitch.
Finally, a couple of the designs (such as the bicycle on the cover) are really terrific. I'm considering ways of using them.