Have you visited this blog yet? It's a new blog that teaches the basics of contemporary embroidery.
Why stop by? To kick off this blog, they are having 10 (yes, TEN!) giveaways! They've also posted several fabulous stitch videos. And (in my mind, the most awesome part), an interview with Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches!
To kick off the site, Natalie is sharing this free pattern:
If you need inspiration, there's also dozens of contemporary embroidery examples on the We Love French Knots Flickr page!
No affiliation - just an excited follower.
P.s. Another awesome embroidery basics site is Hugs From Helen Stitched Sundays. She demos a stitch and then shares a fabulous stitchy so you can try it out!