Stephanie Tillman makes these amazing hand embroidery pieces which she sells over on her Etsy. I'm really drawn to these simple and clean stitched pieces (the wrestling one is by far my favourite). Minimal colours and no fuss is the way forwards. I've never been a massive fan of those 'wooden' flexi hoops but seeing these has certainly changed my mind.
For more work, go have a look at her website. There's some really inspiring stuff over there.