I started hooking the letters to see how the colors worked together. The reason I purchased this Roman Sun collection of wool from Gene Shepherd is because I wanted the letters in the rug to have a variation in the color without having definitive layers of color. I wanted it to look less "candy corn" and more like an Iowa sunset. I started at the beginning - the I in Iowa.
While I can still see some color layering, it isn't as obvious as the photo that came with the pattern. I wanted the orange, but I wanted the colors to blend a little bit more. The color in this wool is so vibrant and fun, it brings a lot of energy to the rug.
The other thing I like about this wool is that it looks a bit like some Iowa corn. Obviously I don't have the straightest rows or most even loops - that's for a few years down the road, when I can look back on some of these early rugs and chuckle to myself and say, "Oh, I remember when I really struggled with uniformity!" ...That does happen, right?... but for now I'm enjoying the actual hooking and seeing where it takes me.
I'll be back when I have a full set of four Iowa letters! Have a great week!