Look at the goodies I bought during my holiday: an embroidery book "Les napperons d'Hélène" and "Ma petite mercerie", a book with old sewing accessories, like pincushions and sewing boxes, but with all the patterns to make them in a new version!
These books are a real source of inspiration to me, they are quite different as the books you find in english and japanese.
Not better, but different.
Les napperons d'Hélène, edited by Carpentier, Paris
Ma petite mercerie, edited by mango pratique