I picked up "Embroidered Purses" by Linda Tudor a few months ago at Lacis online. It's a beautiful book but not for a beginner. It discusses designs and techniques, but requires some knowledge of stitching and sewing to understand it thoroughly. I love the purse on the cover, which is a project, however no patterns are provided - you have to create your own, although the author does provide instructions to do that.
Inside the book you'll find some lovely purses including one decorated with cut and dried lemon peel 'sequins'. Mostly, it is a book about inspiration and a place to start if you're thinking about entering into Beadwork's Beaded Bag competition.