Last year our programs chair at Loudoun Sampler Guild challenged us to create a piece without using anh cross stitch.
I have a piece in the works but didn't get it finished. But a few people did.
One piece really intrigued me. My friend, Barbara, took a cross stitch design and changed everything. There's about a dozen different stitches on this piece. It's not quite finished, but she's close to done.
I have this piece. It's a Kreinik kit from the Remember the Ladies line. You can see yhe original here - http://www.stitchers-paradise.com/detail.cfm?ID=1459
I think she's done a fabulous job.