A really tiny sample, this time. I didn't think this little brooch was nearly enough to get a real feel for the technique and the effects one can create with it. A sampler of stitches would have been more informative... But I did learn that I'd like to explore the technique some more, so perhaps I'll start with just that!
I also learned that I don't really like rayon embroidery thread-- it's so awfully slippery to work with! With each stitch I made, it had a tendency to want to slip back the way it came, which often led to loose, unsightly stitches. It didn't help that we were using evenweave fabric-- with its characteristic open weave, the thread could escape more easily. To compensate for that, I tried to pull a little more firmly, but that just caused the fabric to pull. It made me wonder if this was really a good choice thread for blackwork (at least for beginners)... Or if there's a good method to working with rayon thread, I'd love to know!
Just two classes left now... It'll be goldwork, next time.