This is a Carol Algie Higgenbotham blackwork project I'm currently stitching. Her version is in black, gray and gold. I'm using dark red for the roses, dark green and gold for the leaves. Blackwork doesn't HAVE to be black.
blackwork fill-in patterns from Lesley Wilkins Beginner’s Guide to Blackwork - cross stitch I've been planning a largeish-scale blackwork project. These may come in handy.as an alternative, use a different colour of embroidery floss.