More Samples to come as I am getting lots of suggestions of stitches to try out! So far, I have tried Florentine, Hungarian, Diamond Satin, Parisan, Milanese, 2-layer Oblong Cross (one sample worked in 2 layers and one sample worked top to bottom overlapping previous row), Smyrna Cross, Rice, Encroaching Gobelin, Straight Gobelin, and Upright Gobelin.
In addition to trying out the actual stitches, I am also experimenting with mixing different threads and practicing my shading. I've tested different mixtures of Appleton's Wool, DMC cotton floss (solids), Valdani Cotton Floss (variegated), Valdani Silk Floss (variegated), EdMar Rayon Embroidery Thread (variegated), Gutermann machine thread, and Mettler machine thread. It is really interesting to see the textures of the threads mixing. For some of the samples, I think the color mixing takes away from the stitch pattern and for others I think it enhances it. Lots more samples hopefully to come!