Just discovered www.janesassaman.com. LOVE her fabric. Especially this fabric above from her Early Birds line. Wouldn't it make a great painted canvas? I love the way the greens in the leaves change from light to dark and every little space in the background is filled with something interesting to look at. I can see the spiky flowers done with Frosty Rays with French knots in the centers and the smaller white and pink flowers done with ribbonwork.
Here is another fabric from the same line. Notice how each leaf is half dark and half medium green with the light veins and the ripply light edges. And even the irregularly spaced green dots in the background draw you in.
I think loving fabric and loving needlepoint goes together so well because so many of the design elements overlap.