So my dear little wrapped 4" wooden embroidery hoop really needed to have its own pouch like the ones I made for the other spring tension ones I own. Really, I was just looking for a way to finish "Down In The Valley" by Blackbird Designs. Since it was meant to be a round finish, I thought a hoop pouch made sense. I was considering going completely round, with maybe a zipper, but I ended up with a rounded bottom only. Turns out to be pretty easy to do that. I found a bowl in the kitchen that was the right size and traced a semi-circle onto the back of the stitching and finishing fabrics. That gave a nice sewing line. You just need to use a short machine stitch and clip the curves before turning. For once, my measurements came out pretty good and this pouch really doesn't even need a snap closure to keep the hoop in there.
The top border fabric is the backing fabric as well. It's really not so blue and actually looks more like the muted colors in the stitching. The stitching is done on 32 ct natural MCG linen. That linen is a little heavier than Zweigart and makes a more sturdy pouch. I mostly used the DMC suggested colors with a few changes here and there.
Ele chose 'thread' as the theme for her "s,t,u" block of the Alphabet SAL. She wanted to tie it in to the needle on the "m,n,o" block. I didn't want these blocks to end up with a stitchy theme so I went rogue and found a small chart for an umbrella here. Ele had thought about going with the umbrella idea, so it wasn't entirely my idea. I think I've stayed with the flavor of this SAL. We'll see how much of a SAL rebel I will be in the coming weeks.