FO Friday 09.11.18

My Nautilus is finally finished! It’s so pretty.

And also enormous; I’ve had to pin some of it to my carpet because the blocking mats aren’t big enough.

I can’t wait for it to dry out so I can start wearing it!

In non-yarny news, one of my colleagues is leaving for a new job today so I made her a leaving card.

It’s inspired by Claire93’s F2F quilt, with the added bonus that my colleague used to live in Amsterdam so windmills have special meaning to her.

That’s what I’ve been doing this week, and now I’m wondering what to knit to fill the Nautilus-shaped hole in my life. What’s everyone else up to? Got some FOs to share? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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52 card pick up

For my birthday this year I received this cardmaking kit:

It was a very thoughtful present. I do love making cards and I got it in plenty of time to make them for this Christmas.

But.

I didn’t really like it.

My aesthetic is vivid colours, simple lines, and minimalist embellishments.

But this kit has busy, busy papers in quite muted colours, and the embellishments contain possibly my least favourite thing ever: cutesy vintage.

No judgement, I know there are people in the world who find these adorable. I’m just not one of them.

Now, I’ve written before about Jess Crafts videos where she uses one paper pad to make lots of cards. Example here. After watching a few of those I had the thought that if I whack out cards like that, I can use up the kit and maybe sell the end results. Because it’s a birthday present so I can’t just give it away unused.

So I chopped all the papers into backgrounds, squares, and strips

Then went to it, churning out cards like I never have before. It’s quite freeing having all those pieces ready to assemble, and not having to think and plan a unique card every time. And it turns out I actually quite like some of them!

Another life lesson for me; don’t dismiss something outright just because you don’t like some aspects of it.

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Schway

I can’t get over how amazingly easy this tangle is!

Tutorial here along with the story behind the Tangle and its name.

I start with the extra step of drawing a dotted grid to make sure my lines are as even as possible.

Then draw the zigzags.

Add in diagonals.

And you’re done!

I think this one would be good for a Sorry You’re Leaving or Happy Travels card, with arrows pointing the way ahead but also reminding you to look back now and then at where you’ve been.

What do you think of Schway? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Deeday

I’ve got a pretty new Tangle to look at today, shared on Tanglepatterns just this month. You can find the tutorial here.

I wasn’t too impressed when I saw Deeday on its own, it just looks (to me) like very stylised bows and arrows – not a great deal of use for general card making.

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But the magic happens when you play with the orientation. Point them in.

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Or out.

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Or a bit of both!

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You could also remove the gridlines.

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So many options! I’ll definitely be using this as a background for some cards soon.

What do you think of Deeday? Which is your favourite orientation? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Quiltz

So it turns out Knyt is not the only craft-inspired Tangle out there. This week I discovered the amazing Quiltz.
Here is the official tutorial, and here is my step by step:

Make a grid (surprisingly neat for me)

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Draw one set of diagonal lines, preferably in one continuous line rather than taking pen from paper for each little box.

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Draw the opposite diagonals

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Now, here I add in an extra step just to keep myself neat. The official step-out just says to draw a plus sign in the centre of each cross, but I put in all the vertical lines at once

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Followed by the horizontal lines.

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Then join the tips of the plus signs to the corners of each box. First in one direction.

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Then the other.

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And it’s done! When I look at the finished Tangle my eyes switch back and forth between seeing the four-pointed shapes I drew, and big stars made by the spaces in between.

It’s quite similar to Hemp, isn’t it? Another of my favourites.

So what do you think of Quiltz? Have any of you made a quilt like this before? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Maryhill

I’ve got another Tangle with personal meaning this week.

Maryhill

When I first moved to Glasgow (gosh, nearly 8 years ago now) my Mum’s Scottish colleague said I would be fine as long as I avoided two areas of the city; Easterhouse and Maryhill. I was a good girl and only searched for flats in the West End, found a room for rent, and moved in.

It was several months later that I discovered the line between the West End and Maryhill is pretty fuzzy, and I was actually staying in the latter. Bad daughter. But it was actually a really nice street, obviously I didn’t die, and that flat was the gateway to me staying in Glasgow permanently so I’ll always have a soft spot for Maryhill.

Which brings me to the Tangle. Not only does it remind me of my first place up here, it’s also one of those magical patterns that creates a shape without me explicitly drawing it. Here’s the link to the official tutorial.

And here’s my first ever attempt.

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It’s good aura practice.

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The pinwheel is easier to see when the image is smaller. I need to try it with other shapes as well to see if the same rule applies.

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Shading also helps.

It’s not quite as magical as Paradox, but it has the same meditative quality to it and I do love pinwheels so I’ll definitely be using it in the future.

So that’s Maryhill! What do you think? Can you see the pinwheel? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Knyt

It’s been far, far too long since I wrote a tangle of the week post so (even though the week is nearly finished now) I’m sticking one up right now!

It’s called Knyt, and just look at it.

How could I possibly resist?

If you’ve read some of my TOTW posts before you’ll know that it often takes me two or three attempts to really get it, but this one just seemed to come naturally to me. Maybe it’s because I’m a knitter. Probably it’s because Knyt is so simple. Either way I reckon I’ll be using this Tangle a lot in my crafting.

You can find the official tutorial here, and here’s my step by step.

Looking like tiny rainbows.

Just ignore that squiggle at the bottom. The wind blew the paper into my pen. Oh the perils of outdoor tangling!

Voila! It’s pretty magical I think. Next up I want to try it with chunky ‘yarn’ and see how that looks, as well as placing the original semi-circles closer together and farther apart.

So what do you think of Knyt? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 04.05.18

I have finished off my cable cowl, but I forgot to take photos before heading to my parents house so they’ll have to wait.

I did however, finish a card for my cousin’s wedding!

It bugs me a little that the hearts aren’t quite the same shade of gold as the other bits, but considering they’re actually silver hearts coloured over with gold marker it’s not too bad!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Tipple

A super tutorial on some of the different ways you can use Tipple can be found here.

I tend to use pebble-style Tipple, where none of the lines overlap and I fill in the gaps with smaller and smaller circles. I also quite like the idea of weighted, where my ‘pebbles’ fall like they’re affected by gravity. Although, like most things, I still need more practice.

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Rather than a background, I use this tangle as a filler for smaller areas.

I could use it as a little corner highlight on my cards if it would fit the theme, but I need to do some experimenting first to see if it works out.

So what do you think of Tipple? Which versions do you like? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Ciceron

This time we’re looking at a slightly more complicated tangle, Ciceron.┬áTutorial here – it’s the second one down.

Ilana and Ciceron

I say complicated, it’s still just simple pen strokes repeated, but I know from my own experience that the layout can take a bit of thought.

For the fun, interlocking look, you need to make sure you start with an offset grid of circles like this:

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I get myself in less of a muddle if I draw all the lines in one direction first

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Then turn the paper 90 degrees and draw the lines in the other direction

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And finally the curves to fill up the spaces

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Here’s a quick scribble of how it looks if you don’t start with an offset grid, which is still pretty, but less interesting I feel.

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What do you think of Ciceron? Do you prefer the interlocking version or the straight one? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Umble

This week we’re going to look at a really tangly-looking Tangle, although of course it’s simpler than it sometimes looks. You can find the tutorial here.

Image from Zentangle newsletter June 14, 2015

 

 

And here’s my step out, which is looking surprisingly dull considering I drew it in the 26 degree Australian sunshine!

I draw the inner lines and fill them in first, then if I make a mistake or go outside the lines (as I did in the top right corner) then I can just draw the auras to fit the mistakes so it looks like it’s meant to be that way!

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I drew this example very square and went with the top, sides, and bottom next, but as you can see from the website example you can draw Umble lines wherever you want.

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And add as many or as few layers as you want.

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I stopped here, because I would stick/stamp a Happy Birthday in the space. I do like framing my sentiments with Tangles!

Umble works well with colour as well as black and white. My latest idea is to use a different colour for each layer, so it would look like rainbows separated into their different stripes.

What do you think of Umble? Would you like to see it in colour? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Florz

There is no tutorial for this tangle (it’s pretty obvious, really), but you can check out the official page here.

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Nice and simple, but also pretty easy to jazz up if I want to, with gems or pearls at the crossovers rather than just filled in squares, or highlighting some of the lines with gold or silver gel pens. Simple, but pretty effective! Which you will see, just as soon as I get my shop updated….

 

So what do you think of Florz? Any other ideas for fancying it up? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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