I'm so excited, I finished my first embroidery-left-in-the-hoop! I always completely dread trying to frame or figure out what to do with a design once I'm done stitching it, so many thanks to the geniuses who came up with using a hoop for the frame. I really love how it turned out, it looks so...ill-natured.
The design is from a Dover
book of Arthur Rackham illustrations done for Wagner's Ring operas. Dover books are a fantastic resource for needlework, I can't recommend them enough! They are cheap, royalty-free, and have tons of old vintage and line-art designs. I used Solvy to transfer the design, another great tip from Craftster.
For fabric I used some white cotton (I think) I had lying around, two strands out of some dark blue floss, and a combo of stem stitches, backstitch, and random straight stitches. It was fun emulating the artist's sketchy, jagged lines in thread, I think pen-and-ink really lends itself well to embroidery.
I painted the outer wood ring with acrylics and finished the back off by hand-stitching a circle of fabric to the back turning the edge under a little bit as I went (I was lazy).