1) I am hooking the whole rug in an 8.5 cut. I have done areas of other rugs in an 8.5 cut but never a whole rug. I have had to hand cut some strips down to fit into areas but overall I am liking the cut size. The rug has been hooking up quickly using the larger cut size.
2) I am hooking this design on Dorr unbleached linen. I have only hooked one other rug on linen - it was small and over 8 years ago. I normally use monks cloth and wanted to give linen a try as most people seem to prefer linen over monks cloth. At this point I am not hating it but it IS different than using monks cloth. I never noticed how much monks cloth stretches on a frame until using this linen!
Well, that is all for today. I will post pictures of my progress.. now off to figure out what color the background will be.