This is the hoop I made for @Lilyleaper in the Hoopless Hoopla swap. Per the rules of the swap, I mailed it without the hoop, which made it SO much cheaper!! Letter rate: $1.50 to send, instead of probably ten times that for package rate! Woo! (Save the USPS!)
Anyway, some of the things on her list were nature, water, and Seattle, and I also knew she liked orcas (and even has a cat named Orca!), so I decided to make an orca hoop in the style of local indigenous art. I based this off of some images I found online, but tweaked them a bit. And here is what I came up with!
(sitting on the boat in the sunshine for a slightly nautical look )
(on the table inside, no natural light)
I almost always have trouble mailing my hoops away, since I get rather attached to them over the hours it takes to make them, but this one was particularly tough, since it really fits my style and interests as well! My mom also wanted to steal it. I think I may just have to make another one in this style, if I can find the time!
Here are some progress shots: