First I will start with "The New Cross Stitchers Bible" by Jane Greenoff. The one I have is a small spiral bound manual of techniques, designs and project ideas. This book has the best stitching diagrams that are so easy to follow and well explained. It has been a valuable resource while making my sampler and I use it all the time. Not to mention there are plenty of nice designs to stitch included in the book.
The second book I purchased is "Beginners Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery" by Patricia Bage. One of the other ladies in our group reccomended this book to us and it is an absolute necessity when learing drawn work, at least it was for me as I needed lots of extra instruction after our drawnwork class before I attempted it on my Sampler. I have used this book so much it's going to come apart! This book is full of tips and techniques for doing drawn thread embroidery and has some really lovely patterns to create as well.
Both of these books can be purchased from Amazon.com.
Well I must be off to enjoy this gorgeous spring-like day!! I hope you are having lovely weather today too!