For inspiration, I love this Obama modern cross stitch by Wall Work on Etsy.
This embroidered card from Blue Eye Brown Eye on Etsy is also a great DIY idea.
I also really like this Midsummer Sprigs ABCs Counted Cross Stitch Sampler by Alicia Paulson.
Alicia Paulson also has a free embroidery pattern for days of the week dish towels, which might be a good project for me to start doing embroidery.
Any suggestions for needlepoint projects?