I have been asked how in the world I was able to get the fabric in the hoop when my hand was still pretty bad. Our "genius" son realized that this one uses tension. No fiddly little screws! It is a vintage one that I've picked up somewhere. Do they even make them anymore? It is also pretty small, which helped. I keep using it, because it is still easier.
I've already started on the February piece for the New Embroidery with Vintage Patterns 2012 Quilty Stitch Along. The split stitch did not impress me before, but I think it looks quite nice for the basket.
I tried couching to give the blue Forget-Me-Nots more body, but I do not think it was worth it.
We have two stitch alongs a month going on over at the New Embroidery with Vintage Patterns Group on Flickr. Come on over and take a look!