When I first started doing “art” embroidery, I was told that leaving the finished work in the hoop made it look too crafty/homey. It would never be considered “real art.” Now much more craft is considered real art, whatever that means. I never stopped using the hoops as frames, and in fact, use embroidery hoops as embellishments for some of my cloth sculptures.
Anyway, I finished this embroidery today and secured it with a whip stitch around the hoop. It’s called Dream Tree. I like using basic plant shapes and making up my own details. I love the impressionist nature of cotton floss.
It’s 6 inches around. I scanned it instead of photographing it because the beading didn’t show up well on the photograph. I gotta stop working in monotones — but I love doing it. I hope your dream tree is slightly off balance and has deep happy roots.