This is just a quick note to let everyone know that I snapped up the Thessaly Floral embroidery kit with a beechwood hoop as soon as I saw the new kits come up on Krista's site earlier this week. I've been wanting to try surface embroidery for a long time and I was itching to try one of those hoops, too. I'm thrilled to report that the kit is beautiful and that hoop is fantastic. I usually use a much larger hoop and I seem to burn through them frequently. This one has beautiful hardware and it's quite sturdy. The packaging is lovely and I felt like I bought myself a really extravagant present. I have a feeling this will be a real treat to stitch.