And so. . . here we are at what I call the Semi-final stage of this mat. Now is the time that I go in to do a final tweaking of things that I want to change.
I sit down directly across from the rug as it hangs and I make a list. My list for this mat has 13 line items on it. Some are tiny changes and others are, at least I think, pretty significant. One error that I think absolutely hysterical and that I will share with you is the fact that Effie's hooked knees are well below where her legs bend! Now, I am pretty in tune to the human figure, and yet this type of mistake just goes to prove that I (and many others) get into a groove when we are hooking and so much happens serendipitously, seemingly without conscious thought. This is why it is so important to take the time to seriously evaluate what you have done BEFORE you call the rug done!
Don't be in such a hurry to get on to the next project that you leave out this very important step (self-evaluation). You will be surprised at what you notice! Especially if you leave the rug hanging where you will look at it several times a day in all lighting.
Now, I promise not to bore you with anymore details about this mat! But, I will post the finished (maybe not bound, yet, but done with hooking) product in a couple of days.