For several years after I joined the SCA, I did hardly any embroidery, even though I had done quite a bit previously. Eventually, I had a chance to learn "blackwork", and this is my learning/practice sampler (the very first bit is the crosses on the right half of the bottom edge). I experimented with different types and weights of thread, mostly cotton floss, but also a couple different types of silk.

Blackwork Sampler

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