These spare, graceful floral designs, derived from No theater costumes, are enormously pleasing: the lines are uncluttered, the shadings subtle and harmonious--no zealous greens or suburban pinks. The projects themselves will be difficult for beginners, a challenge even for practiced hands, but the results are splendid: an evening bag with a chrysanthemum medallion, an elegant lady's rocker with peonies and butterflies attractively positioned, a foot stool, mirror frame, or bed rest, as well as more common pillows and bell pulls. For modern interiors, the back-and-seat-cover set for a director's chair is surprisingly in tune with its clean metal frame. Most call for standard materials, but some can be transformed into sumptuous pieces worked with sterling silver or 24-karat gold electroplated thread. Thirty projects in all, each one accompanied by notes on the symbolic meaning of the design. Distinctive.