Crea tu alfombra de trapillo -- Might not be in english, but this is still pretty.
blackwork fill-in patterns from Lesley Wilkins Beginner’s Guide to Blackwork - cross stitch I've been planning a largeish-scale blackwork project.as an alternative, use a different colour of embroidery floss.
I love the black background & white embroidery idea!
Create designs w/ rope or fabric scraps and secure with thread. How clever w/ uniquely beautiful results! (Apparently, this is called couching, and is shown using t-shirt scraps on monk cloth.