They are a bit popular now as home decor, not just to hold your fabric taut while you embroider.
And there are lots of great ideas around.
You can leave the embroidery in the hoop for starters.
|embroidery hoop embroidery|
You could be a bit more fancy and do some machine embroidery with your applique.
|by Three Red Apples|
|from a wedding on Style Me Pretty|
|from Style Me Pretty|
Just choose some gorgeous fabrics from your stash and let them tell the whole story.
|From the Purl Bee|
|tutorial by carousella|
|idea by Sweet Dreams Always|
And now for something completely different!
A photo display.
You can find this tutorial here.
|by rachelandgeorge on etsy|
|by Stephanie k Clark|
|by MarysGranddaughter on etsy|
|by SallySewsStitches on etsy|