The entire Bayeux Tapestry is online now, in a beautifully presented side-scrolling format. Besides being a brilliantly told tale and a feast for the eyes, it's also a wealth of inspiration for when you need a little something to decorate a bag or whatnot. Look at the borders; they're full of birds and animals and people doing their own thing.
One of my favorite parts of the whole tapestry is near the beginning, when everyone is getting on the boats. One fella has a falcon on his wrist, and the guy behind him is carrying a dog. I love that. I can just see that dog taking a look at the boat, and the gangplank leading to it rising and falling on the waves, and the dog saying "Oh, no way. I'm not going in that." And so his master has to pick him up and tote him on board.
Check it out!