On my Iowa Postcard rug, I'm trying to think about that as I hook. I had already hooked a border line on the sky area, but I didn't want to hook my sky vertically, I want my sky to have a more horizontal appearance, as I think it does in nature. Here is what I've done (and yes, it's the same wool from my Bucky rug!):
I can't completely tell, but it almost looks like the edge of Susan's piece has a vertical line of loops going up the sides for the border, and then different patterns and directions on the actual mountain. It's harder to tell because the wool is darker than mine and has that terrific pattern in it.
This brings me to a question I've had about hooking borders - some people say you do your border/outline first, and then hook the pattern. Some people say hook from the center out. Some people say Do Whatever You Want. What do you do? Do you have a tried-and-true method you use when starting a rug? What is your reasoning for doing it that way?