A couple of finishes, first:
This garland I started years ago, by gluing pairs of felt circles onto a length of lace trim. I spent the next few years whip-stitching the circles closed, a few at a time and even while it was on display, when it occurred to me.
I finished this heart sampler by doing a modified nun's stitch around the edge:
Inspired by the adorable embroidery designs in Aneela Hoey's Little Stitches and a patchwork and embroidery quilt in Alicia Paulson's Embroidery Companion, I embroidered this little kitty:
and these little birds: