When I was stitching with my new friends last Sunday, many of them were using this type of hoop. It is made by The Colonial Needle Company and costs....$2.60. No kidding. It is called a Spring Tension Hoop and supposedly can even be used for machine embroidery. What I like about it is that you can just pinch the two grips together and really easily reposition your hoop while you are stitching.
I have been printing out free embroidery patterns from the Bird Brain Designs website. Many of the ones they offer for free are simply adorable. Not too cutesy though--no kitties doing laundry or anything like that. I have been using my printer/fax machine to enlarge the patterns to about 130%.
I am going to try my hand at making a little cosmetics bag!
How cute are these? This is a pattern by the brilliant Terri Atkinson of Atkinson Designs. They are a wonderful way to use up your fat quarters. And those button embellishments are too much. Most quilt shops are now carrying the zippers you need for this type of projects. My LQS, Prairie Queens has them in every color of the rainbow. Isn't it great that so many quilt shops are now carrying embroidery supplies and notions, plus all sorts of embellishments for other sorts of projects?