Yesterday I received my latest piece of fabric from Countrystitch. It is a Kiwi Patches and is called 'Rose Petals'. It is far prettier in real life than my scan or the scan on the Countrystitch website.
I made a start on Damask Roses last night. It's nice to read your comments (thanks for all the comments lately!) and see that she is liked by others too - I don't think I've ever seen any pics of her posted anywhere. Perhaps because she is an older design (1993), and the internet was only really coming in at that stage. I will post a pic once I've made some real progress, as it's just a small blob of blue at present.
Anne - I just used DMC 115 for the Passione Ricamo freebie. I had looked for a hand-dyed red thread before Christmas at my LNS but they didn't have anything like what I was after, so I gave the DMC 115 a go and quite liked the result.