In more modern times, artists are using blackwork for some very interesting pieces. Mary Corbet has a wonderful fish that uses so many different stitches it could really be considered a sampler.
Helen Cox uses different numbers of thread strands to get the amazing shading in this embroidery of a horse.
And blackwork doesn't necessarily have to be black! Maria del Valle has a YouTube video showing how she turns photos into embroidered portraits using blackwork stitches. Update: Maria was kind enough to send me a high quality image of Rosita and a photo of the drawing she made from a 1915 photo that inspired this work - thank you!!
After looking at all these, I'm back to working on the moth. I'll have more to show you on Monday!
Happy Creating! Deborah