I was stuck for awhile when I got to the brown band. I did not care for what the pattern called for. I looked at it and fiddled around with stitches for days (weeks?). Then I started researching Indian pots and I began to get ideas. The diamonds are a Jessica variation from Carole Lake's book, Twisty Stitches (thanks Carole!!). The zig zag is Smyrna crosses. Then I agonized over what color and stitch for the background of this strip. That took several days... I ended up blending 2 shades of floss and basketweaved it, then backstitched the dark brown lines with Kreinik. I love it!
Now for the borders and background. All I'll be changing of them is the colors. I think!