Display bits of fabric that you like instead of keeping it in a box. Fabric is art in itself. You can find embroidery hoops all the time at garage sales and thrift shops! Maybe even paint the hoops to give a little color to the fabric hoop wall!
How to Hide the Messy Back of Your Hooped Embroidery
How to Hide the Messy Back of Your Hooped Embroidery - a tutorial from Shiny Happy World -- I personally do the same thing but I don't add an extra layer of fabric, I cover the back with felt and tack it on the gathered part.