This is the beginning of the rug: the sheep. Per the antique rug which was my inspiration, the sheep were outlined in the rug and I decided follow this practice in my rug because I think outlining adds a nice vintage touch to achieve an old looking rug. In addition to using fine cut (4 cut) black wool to outline, I also used dark brown and gray. This helps to minimize the outlining so it does not show up too much. There is some experimenting here for me: shall I outline before filling in, or outline after all is hooked and then "peep" the outlining in-between other hooked rows? It is my conclusion now, after doing a lot of outlining in this rug, that I like the latter approach: peeping it through later. So lesson learned: add the outlining last.
While the original antique rug has no dark or black sheep, I wanted to add a blackish sheep. This is me: the renegade hooker. I don't want to follow the rules and I want to do my hooking my way, so I am in the rug as the black sheep. I think I am not a good student at camp, as I have my mind pretty made up before I get there. But still, I think in the end Diane Phillips (our wonderful teacher) loved me! Hope so... as she is a grand lady! And I loved taking a class from Diane!