Last weekend I set myself a new task. I wanted a braided border stitch as the Vandyke stitch is to be totally curved. Couldn't find an example and so I simply started. First made a drawing and carefulling filling the lines with points until it looked ok. Pinpricked the holes and started to needle away and it went just fine. Another sample for my collection and I will definitely use this idea because it really looks nice.
Enjoy your experiments!