I really love the medieval through Victorian fashion pages, but I picked a classical Greek mythological creature which I then edited with GIMP (free open-source image editing program) to create a stencil outline from a colored picture.
I then used the stencil as a guide to create a 3-layered appliqued free-motion embroidery pattern. The best way to do this would be to use water soluble stabilizer, but I didn’t have any, so I traced my stencil onto tracing paper, taped that to my fabric, and sewed through the layers. I wouldn’t recommend this as the hardest part of this process is actually after you are done sewing and have to remove all the little bits of part.
And here is my embroidery sample: