I like hooking best with a general idea, but not a pattern. I draw as I go. First the text, then the bird. Once they were done, I added the border idea and the coloured circles. I’m thinking of a row of hearts along the bottom and, of course, the date of arrival. And probably a couple of dark rows along the outside border to tie in with the text and ground the mat. It is playing with colour that I enjoy the most, both the variations of the solid yellow and red and the complimentary colours in the circles, each circle its own little creation.
You can see where I started out here. I hope to post an update by the end of the week.