A little more has been accomplished on my adaptation of the vintage cat design. This is what it looks like now:
If you don't remember what the original looked like no need to scroll back thru previous posts, here is what the original looked like. I chose to do the bottom heart using dark and light wool in non-ripple effect and closer in style to the antique.
These are the wools used for the area below the section where the cat is. And the one to the far right will also be used to outline the entire rug since it is so unobtrusive and blends in with the vintage drab look.
Another thing which you need to understand is the importance of hooking INSIDE the line of the motif. If you hook on the line or outside you will be expanding the size of the motif. That would be disastrous if you were trying to hook a dainty bird. I'll discuss this more when I get ready to hook the birds and small cats in this rug. In the picture below, the circle to the left, you can see that I'm hooking just inside.
So then you need to secure the motif with a "Holding Line". Otherwise the wool will get comfy and spread out. Not only is this an important step to contain the motif but frankly I don't like leaving all the background to be the very last part of the rug to hook.
Have a great evening and HAPPY EASTER to all.