Again I’m ploughing on with my counted thread samples for the City & Guilds Hand Embroidery course I’m doing. Although not enthusiastically I have to admit but determined to continue, determined to make progress and get onto the next phase of my course. Blackwork, another type of embroidery I’ve never been attracted to and therefore avoided. Perfection’s not an option because there’s a timetable to keep to and just doing the sample as best I can is all I can aim for. But here it is for better or worse and that box is ticked before moving on to tackle Drawn Thread and Hardanger techniques.