Black and white canes are great for beginners. Beautiful cane work almost always relies on good contrast and you can’t get more contrast than black and white! It can be very helpful to focus on one thing at a time. Using black and white clay allows you to focus entirely on the pattern and not worry at all about color. One block of white and one block of black and you’re in business! No blending or mixing. You don’t even waste as much clay, because the scraps can be blended into a nice, dark gray. I’ve spent this past month trying to find the simplest way to make a damask pattern. As always, the tutorial has one, straight forward technique to make it work!