One of the basic foundations of blackwork is the motif. A motif is a distinctive, recurring shape in the design of a picture. I like designing with motifs. They offer a continuity that I find most appealing.
|"Link" is an elegant border motif|
I used this "link" motif in "Monarch" and again here, in "Erin":
Here's a motif that you can use to design your own custom pattern.
Go ahead, let your mind wander and think of the options...
Line up your motif for a fascinating border effect.
Overlap the elements of the motif and you can create a diamond shape that you can continue to expand as you like.
Add a border, if you like, or maybe a specialty stitch or two.