I ended up changing the Silk Lame Braid (light brown) to Vineyard Silk Shimmer in a dark brown. The size and feel of the thread is similar, but I like the color better.
On the bottom row, large center block: I got carried away when I did the (ahem) RANDOM pattern in green and went right across the next block! Well, that block was supposed to be a another 2 rows of the green & black chevrons, so I just filled in with black so at least the colors are right!
Anyway, it's done now. Onward & upward!