Here's some examples I've come across on the internet - they can be elaborate:
Or they can be as simple as just the fabric in the frame:
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Back to the point: after a couple of months of having those embroidery hoops stare me down everytime I opened my crafting closet, I finally got around to making some hoop art of my own! I used some of the leftover fabrics that my Mom & I used for the crib bumper (Part 3) and then some extra fabric I had purchased through Etsy to coordinate with the Riley Blake line. From there I scrounged through my trims and buttons and 'scraps'. It was REALLY easy to put these together thanks to a little time and a hot glue gun!
I used this main tutorial to get an idea of the best way to go about it: CJaneCreate Embroidery Hoop Tutorial. It helped give me an idea of what to do first - stretch the fabric on the frame or start embellishing. Definitely stretch the fabric on first, then you can place your other items on where you'd like them. I did the largest of my three hoops first - even did a little free-hand stitching to write out 'hello'! Then I used a bunch of different antique doilies that I snagged from my Mom. I didn't want to glue these down so that I could re-use them in the future so instead I used small stitches to place them on the fabric.