I tried free hand first but couldn't keep the tension, it was much easier in the hoop and although it did take a little while to do, I think the finish is just right for the job. I only stitched it down in places to resemble flowing hair.
The little dragonfly is done on wires with organza using the stumpwork methods, a technique I really enjoy doing and it gives it a nice 3D effect.
It's really difficult to get a decent photo, but I'm sure you can get the drift.
I even quilted stars in the border and made my own binding with my little gadget, so all in all it was quite a good project to get going with.
Hmm what to play with now?!
Its really hot here, so I might even venture into the pool while I think.
Have a good weekend enjoying what ever you do,