70's Needlepoint Craft Books!
I'm acquiring quite the little collection. The first one, "Needlepainting A Garden of Stitches" by Eszter Haraszty, I read about over on Cathy of California not too long ago and was hooked. Ebay had it for super cheap, so I snatched it up. It's so amazing and colorful, I truly think it would inspire anyone. I also love the way the book is written, Eszter tells you all about her life and how she created these patterns, and she's not afraid to talk about all her failures and difficulties. I felt like I was reading a book written by a good friend rather than some dry how-to manual. I am now an official fan and will be looking for more of her work.
Since I was on Ebay, I started looking around for Bargello needlepoint books (my latest obsession) and found "Free Form Bargello" by Gigs Stevens. It is also awesome and super super 70's in both design and tone. My favorite pattern is the one based around a shark jaw. So weird that I love it!