As you are hooking, even if it is on a rug that is almost done, add a strip that is different to a motif you were planning to hook with only one color.
- Add a strip that is a slightly different hue. If you are hooking with red, add a strip of red orange or red purple. Something just slightly off.
- Add a strip of a completely different color, but in the same value. If you are hooking blue, add a green that is the same value. Value relates to the darkness of the wool. Take a photograph of your intended wool. Change the photo to black and white. If they look the same in that photo, then they will blend.
- Add a strip that is the same color, the same value but is a texture instead of a solid. If you are hooking with textures, insert a strip of solid.
Where to add it
Add it along an outside edge. A strip of something slightly lighter will indicate a highlight. Something a bit darker will indicate a shadow.
Add it as a crease or vein.
Add it completely random with no reason.
What was your strategy?
Get creative. Take a photo and share your photo inside The Rug Hooking Journey private group. Show the world how you are branching out.
Want to take it a step further?
This pattern is available inside the Step by Step: Little Flower course. Nothing else is ready yet, but the pattern download is there.
Don’t like it?
Humor me and wait until Nov. 1 to take it out. Get other stuff hooked around it. I think you will be surprised. Don’t judge it too soon.
PS. We will be getting back to the WIP log. I have vertigo and have been struggling to stay on top of things. They think it may be related to an ear infections so I need to wait until the antibiotics overpower the dizziness.