Hello! I made this from a pattern I found at http://myauntsattic.web-log.nl/myauntsattic/ (cataloged at http://www.gancedo.eu/content/oval-53) for my grandparents' 60th anniversary a few months ago. This site has a lot of nifty, easy-looking patterns -- mostly floral, but there are some borders and zodiac-related ones that are on the to-do list.
It didn't take terribly long -- maybe a couple of weeks on and off. Classy, no?
Close up with detail of mixed colors:
Free-handed and backstitched cursive (aaand clumsy clusters of French knots):