Just one more leaf to go and then it's all background!
I used a lot of textures and values of gray but threw in some gray blues and that wonderful pink and gray herringbone for the flower on the far right. It's more of a salmon pink, or maybe a brick pink. The scalloped leaf on the lower right was outlined with a gray herringbone and then filled with a grayish windowpane plaid. It had a lot of cream lines in it and I picked out the strips that were mostly creamy and just hooked the gray strips. Much to my surprise, the gray hooked up looking a little pink too, so it is friends with the flower above it. A match made in primitive, neutral heaven.
Do you love to hook background as much as I do? I know some people do not but I find it very relaxing and rhythmic. It doesn't require a lot of thought so I find it perfect to work on while watching a movie or a program on Netflix. I don't normally hook squiggles into the background, rather I just echo around the shapes, like the ripples a stone makes when it's dropped in the water. However there are a few squarish shapes...I call them "blocks"... and if I continued to echo around those they would not look like they had any movement. Just a big old blob. A few squiggly lines hooked there should break up the area.
I am so happy with this color plan and honestly, I think it is my favorite version so far. Isn't it funny how a dumb drawing mistake ended up being such a great learning experience and such a fun rug!
You can find the pattern here (no drawing mistakes, I guarantee it!):