Have you ever done "cross-stitch plaid"? The effect resembles gingham. This type of stitching may appear complicated at first glance, but it's really quite easy. You alternate with a light and dark shade of the same color and work the center square in the darker shade like this.
See? Not so scary. Plaid radishes anybody? This design originally from Superior #140, dated from around 1940-50's; now available as a new transfer reprint as Plaid Produce. Pattern includes six kitchen towel motifs with three each of fruits and vegetables. Designs run approximately 12" x 6".