I'm very pleased with how this turned out. This was my personal 'Take It Further' challenge following on from Sharon's TAST 2012 Week 1 - Fly Stitch:
I thought it needed a little more 'oomph' so after revisiting my inspiration photos I added some tiny little pine needles along the whole branch. Not sure which one looks best:
The pine needles and pine cones are Fly Stitch. The branch is irregular Portuguese Stem Stitch, for texture.
I was lucky to get the 'hoop burn' marks out of this velveteen! Only after removing the hoop did I realize I probably shouldn't put the bare hoop against velveteen or velvet since the nap gets crushed and it's sometimes permanent. A wet washcloth rubbed on the surface fixed the problem this time, however in future I will try this tutorial.