My mother snagged this book for me recently thinking I would like it. And OMG has it been helpful!
The book has sections on:
Each section has a brief history of the stitch style and different methods,along with directions and drawings to work each stitch.
The sewing section includes machine sewing as well as hand sewing.
The book is huge btw like bible thick but it has been invaluable the last few challenges what with hand sewing and all the embroidery.