You call yourself an artist
You are beginning to zero in on your own unique personal style. You have given yourself permission to call yourself an artist. You need to claim this before others will call you an artist. Put it on a business card, even if you don’t have a business. Take time and pleasure every day to notice your surroundings and truly see. You are not afraid to create artwork that does not look like other rug hooker’s work. You are confident with most of your color choices and are designing your own patterns.
Now let’s dig deeper. This is the stage where you truly become an artist. You are no longer relying on looking at other’s work for inspiration. You are finding your inspiration outside of the rug hooking world. You are following your own path.