I have a couple of cute Japanese embroidery books. I purchased these at YesAsia. (I'd link to it, but it's making my computer unhappy, just go to Yesasia.com) Shopping at YesAsia takes patience because their search engine doesn't navigate the language barrier very well. If you are going to search by ISBN at YesAsia, use the numbers only with no letters. Orders from YesAsia take at least a month to reach the USA, but shipping is free and I find their craft books are often cheaper than ours.
This one is super cute and is ISBN 4529042049
Look at the cute little felt clothes and little girl in her undies:
Here's an adorable little tiny ant and a caterpillar:
This is another book I have, ISBN 4579110129
This one is far less cute and I got it because "Freehand Embroidery" is not the style I am comfortable doing.
Look at this terrific spiderweb tote. You can't tell in the photo, but that spider is made from seed beads:
You can easily see the beads on this little frog:
My children have been in school for 3 weeks now and it really got my crafting going again. I let myself purchase some adorable fat quarters at my LQS and I made some of those tissue holders people do all the time. I even made a bright red purse with a big pear applique from this book, ISBN 4834755371
Hopefully next week our computer will be repaired and I can show photos of my real finished items.