A) This was hard for me. I have only worked on canvas twice in my life. I also haven't done cross stitch in decades. I do have to admit that the repetition was relaxing, but then I would make mistakes. It wasn't until half way through that I remembered how to do half stitches to keep filled uniformly at the sides! I really didn't want to allow myself to do half stitches, as then I would have just stared doing straight stitches at a diagonal instead of sticking to a true crossstitch. I would have much rathered doing it more freeform because I feel much more comfortable with it, but it I do appreciate working out of my comfort zone.
Speaking of comfort zone, I have never done blackwork before! I had to buy the RSN Essential Stitch Guide to Blackwork. I actually enjoyed doing it. There was something very calming about it. I have to admit. I was pretty bad at following the pattern and went from my gut several times in all of the black work pieces.
B) done with 14 count Aida and #12 pearl cotton from DMC
C)Harlequin pattern on 14 count Aida #12 pearl cotton from DMC. I started with a more squared stitch but then started over with a more elongated stitch.