Mixed white with navy and some black and created the new background. It sure made a difference to the look of the entire canvas. Notice the area where the yellow rose used to be. I will stitch in another pink rose to balance the piece. (She said with a lot more confidence than actually available at this point!)
Below are all the threads that I will be using. The Needlepointer in Washington sent most of the following threads when I ordered the canvas. I have already made some substitutions, of course, since I changed the design somewhat. The threads are Silk and Ivory, top, greens for stems and sepals, dusty roses to burgundy for the ribbon. Below that on the right is the Soie d'Alger for the border in blue instead of teal and navy Splendor and Impressions for the background. Bottom right is Silk and Ivory for the rose, and above that Soie d'Alger for the tassel and cord. Ready, set, stitch!