So, as I do with most of my traditional crafts I add a twist to update the end result and turn it into a piece you will always feel proud to display.
First I took my original blackwork sampler ( not too bad for a beginner) and with a marker I have that disappears when you dampen it I drew the outline of what I wanted.
Sometimes to make things easier people work directly on the white cross stitch type fabric, you will always get a straight line, but then you are stuck with the fabric all over.
The plan is to add some texture and traditional blackwork patterns inside some of the shapes...I'm very excited about this one :)
Samples found on the internet, not my work.
Please type blackwork in Google images, you are going to be surprised with what some people have created.