Incidentally, the Cosmo floss we were generously donated at retreat is brilliant. Beautiful colour saturation and incredibly easy to separate into strands. The Eternal Maker has a huge range of Cosmo colours.
I've been pinning embroidery like crazy on my Pinterest Embroidery board (incidentally, after a cold spell I'm right back onto Pinterest. I'd forgotten how addictive it is You can find all my boards here), and checking out patterns on Etsy.
I have always loved samplers (antique dealer for a mother = lots of vintage samplers and other embroidery kicking around the house), but these modern versions are seriously inspiring me...
There are also, naturally, tons of smaller-project alternatives that I rather fancy (because it's just possible that I don't actually have time to tackle a huge sampler right at this very moment):
Leave it to Martha Stewart to make twee cross stitch family portraits socially acceptable.
Of course, the Japanese, as always, manage to make it just a bit cooler, smaller scale, and more interesting (is there any craft where they don't do this?). See the books here, here, here and indeed, here. I also found some amazing modern Chinese embroidery books.
It's worth mentioning that I have precisely no time at all to be taking up embroidery right now - I have finally written a list of all my WIPs (expect it next week, along with deep gloom on my part about how long it's going to take to clear them), and I am banning myself from starting any time-consuming projects (and I think we can safely include embroidery in there) before they're all finished.
But as soon as I get a moment, I think it's safe to say I won't be short of ideas...