If you want to learn new stitches, a sampler blanket is the best project! You'll learn so much, and create a wonderful blanket in the process. What's not to like?
Stitching techniques - sample hand embroidery stitches
Embroidered flowers. more of
This has given me the idea to create an embroidered sugar voodoo skull cushion.
Embroidered Table Overlay - Luisa Fernanda G
Embroidery on Linen Fabrics - Japanese Stitch Pattern Book for Women - Reiko Mori - B177. $28.50, via Etsy.
Beautiful Embroidery Pattern for Collars, Baby pillow cases etc... | HandiWorks #35 - YouTube