I just counted, and in the last 3 weeks I have dyed 32 separate skeins of variegated-color yarn, and of those, at least 26 either will be used in the rug or are under strong consideration.
Below you can see a partially-colored prototype of the design. The background will definitely be variegated dark purples.
Only the colors for the motifs remain to be chosen. In this photo, which was the second mock-up that I attempted, I gave up trying on colors for the motifs, since they are NOTHING like the colors of the yarn I've produced. I may have to try watercolor to get tints like the yarns I have. This picture tells me little except what the background might look like. Ignore the very light colors around the edge and in the top motifs--they aren't right.
I am exhausted and need to take a break from all this yarn dyeing. I may even need to start punching a bit of the rug in order to try out some of the lighter colors against the background. I've made a good start on dyeing the background, producing six more skeins today. I am taking at least one day off and plan to loll about as much as possible and indulge myself.
As Katharine Hepburn said, "Life is hard. After all, it kills you."
I'm a textile artist (traditional rug hooking, punch needle rug hooking, and other textile arts), a long-time meditator, a certified meditation teacher and coach, and focused on learning about the interplay of art, creativity, and mindfulness every day.
SITES TO WATCH:
Insight Meditation Society
Oxford Rug Hooking School
Zentangle: The Official Site
Green Mountain Rug Hooking
Massachusetts Tarot Society