Jane has given us a lovely pattern, (thank you, Jane) which I could not wait to try with some great thread I just received from Marilee - thank you, Marilee!
At first I tried the pattern - Twirly - 6 sides - with a #80 thread, the green and orange one. However, I am having some dissatisfaction using the skinny threads and currently seem to prefer at least a #60.
Plus, it is ridiculous to try a pattern that confounds my directional understanding using such a fine thread. So, I picked up the blue #20 and matched it with a #30 for the contrast.
So, it seems that I am getting the hang of it. We shall see.