By offering forty motifs, Aoki invites us to explore her gardens through embroidery. The designs here are exquisite, detailed, and artfullly rendered. For those new to embroidery, detailed how-to illustrations are included. Beyond the motifs themselves, Aoki also presents projects that feature the embroidery: brooches, notebook covers, pin cushions, and pouches. The forty motifs explore the roses and wildflowers that appear season to season, as well as the bees and butterflies that enjoy their nectar. Kazuko Aoki has a unique talent for translating the beauty of the garden with needle and thread.