It seems most of the folks who voted were thinking along the same lines that I was:
2 votes for stitching the mouse as charted in DMC 169
4 votes for stitching him in a slightly darker shade of grey
14 votes for a wildly colorful mouse.
Thus encouraged I shall stitch the little fellow today. I have settled on a dark periwinkle row of tall Xs going across a bright yellow body.
And the winner is......
21 hours ago