Okay, I did something a little differently. First thing I did was remove the echo line under the chin which was there yesterday and have since redirected my hooking. I think that with two lines hooked in the same direction gave the appearance of a chin and mouth. Here is the way it looked yesterday.
Then I pulled out the eye color which was the same value as the newer dark face outline features. Since I was undecided whether to go dark with eyes or lighter with eyes I have hooked one of each for yet another opinion from my readers. And here is the way it looks right now. For sure the under chin looks better.
Of course since this is an adaptation of antique rug we do know the colors would have faded. But it is that worn and faded look of antique rugs that appeals to us, or at least to me. Sure I could try to second guess what the original colors were but what I've fallen in love with is the faded look so that is what I'd want to hook. And even the variance in background color which may have all been dyed using black walnuts by the original hooker in the beginning but that some of the wools may have faded more than others. Yup, just love that blotchy background appearance in the antique rugs and that is what I will try to achieve in this rug.
As much as I want to keep pushing on with this rug there is a Santa which I started about a month ago and my dear daughter-in-love saw me hooking a snowman mat for a swap, she thought it was going to be hers and can't disappoint her at Christmas so must start hers soon. I did buy her a gift but she usually likes the things I make for her. I'm quite lucky in that respect, my dear DIL appreciates the things I handcraft.