I've long been a fan of the Flickr site Hoop Love, a treasure trove of vintage embroidery motifs. Some of the designs can also be found on Pinterest.
I found a couple of designs I liked, enlarged them to 8 x 10, and traced one onto water soluble stabilizer.
I've done this before, but this time I used a gel pen, which took forever to dry and which transferred ink to the needle when I stitched. Next time I'll use a Sharpie or Pigma pen and hope for better results. I prefer to use this method over a transfer pencil, because I feel like I get a clearer image of the design.
You can see here where I machine stitched the stabilizer to the top of a cotton dish towel. This work goes fast: big stitches with 6 strands of floss makes for a bold design.
Next I'll rinse the stabilizer out, wash and iron the towel. It will add some cheer to my kitchen.