Wool for the Background
The background is being hooked in s's and c's (I drew these on the linen with a Sharpie). I echo the shapes until the hooking rows meet and fill in the spaces. By hooking this way the viewer's eye doesn't settle into a pattern. Using the dark wool above in s's and c's will space the color around the background. Remember, I'm using what I have in the stash to hook this rug. Using this pattern allows me to easily introduce a new dark wool and mix it in, if I don't have enough to complete my background.