One of the things I love best about embroidery is that it is done in so many cultures and is so adaptable to many uses.
Recently, I was looking through my books of charts and found Dover books of charted folk embroidery from Hungary, Baroque Germany, Ireland, and Switzerland. Usually done on cloth in Cross Stitch, it is easy to adapt to counted needlepoint. In fact, next week starts an occasional series of projects based on these designs with little project using several borders in non-traditional color scheme.
But there is so much more to explore. I want to alert you to a wonderful resource of charted designs from Palestine, available on-line. These are all traditional patterns and each is labeled so you know what it symbolizes. They make for easy stitching.
Many of the designs are similar to ones seen in other cultures and show,m I think just how universal the language of embroidery can be.