~Glenda, do you paint your hoops or buy colored ones?
I have several that I spray-painted a while back and they're sitting in my embroidery hoop stash. But the one the owl is in is actually colored with Sharpie! I wanted to get as close to the color of the embroidery floss as possible and I have a big assortment of Sharpies so I tried that and like how it turned out. The only drawback is that the Sharpie does rub off the hoop onto fingers (I warned sweetyetevil about that), so next time I use a Sharpie I'll plan far enough ahead to spray some varnish or other type of clear sealant over it.
Thanks for the compliments on the steampunk embroidery. It's an Urban Threads design. I used Thread Heaven on the metallic floss and the only real struggle was getting the needle threaded, but I'm pretty sure that's more of a Geezery-eyes problem than a floss problem
(I need new glasses sooooo bad!). I love the copper metallic floss and will have to find other ways to use that -- it has a great shimmer to it.
Oh man, that weekender bag and that mixer cover are fabulous. I wish I had sewing-machine skills like that!! Me + hand embroidery = BFFs . . . but me + cutting out fabric + using sewing machine = many, MANY choice words flying around the room and a very imperfect end result ;-).