Tangle of the week: Crescent Moon

I’m fairly sure this was the second ever Tangle I learned, from a book my Mum bought for me. There’s a tutorial video here, which showed me that I actually do a slight variation on the Tangle by not putting an aura around each bump individually first.

Either way, you start by putting some bumps round the edge of your shape.

Then you draw an aura around them. One by one as in the video, or in a continuous aura like I’m going to do. You can join the aura to make a complete loop:

Or just draw a continuous line until you run out of space, like this:

And the magic of Zetangle makes it look like a wibbly wobbly timey wimey tunnel stretching into the distance.

I love using this Tangle as a kind of frame on my cards; plop the sentiment in the middle, add my bumps round the edge, and then aura up to the words.

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

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Vortex

Today we’re having a look at Vortex, tutorial right here.

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This is one tangle I struggled with when I first came across it, even though it’s pretty simple really. I kept trying to draw all the lines originating from the corners of the inner square, which left big gaps down the edges and looked a bit naff.

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Like so

Then I struggled with getting the lines to curve the same amount, ending up with some massively C-shaped and some almost straight.

But I was pretty new to Zentangle when I came across it so I let myself off, and I think I’ve just about got the hang of it now.

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Although my squares still aren’t always exactly square!

On my cards I love to use Vortex as a frame for a sentiment, putting it in the centre square with the lines radiating out from it. And I just this second had an idea to put a square of coloured card in the middle and keep the lines black and white – I do love my little pops of colour in B+W surroundings. I’ll try that one when I get back to my stash at home and maybe let you know how it goes.

So what do you think of Vortex? Do you think the coloured card would work? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Bales

This week we’re going back to one of the first tangles I ever learned.

Before discovering Paradox, it was my favourite tangle pattern.

I like it because it reminds me of super comfy, padded velvet seats.

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Especially with a circle in the middle of each square, it looks like the studs that you get in padded seats

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But my favourite way of filling it in is with a little shape like this

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I suppose it’s technically an aura, as it’s an echo of the shape surrounding it, but we don’t really need to get that technical.

Bales is a great tangle for using as a background for my cards (although I can’t locate a photo right now), and I love the fact that it’s a grid so I can get all my layers and sentiments lined up straight.

What do you think of Bales? Does it look as squishy to you as it does to me? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Pach

Credit to Tickled to Tangle for bringing this gorgeousness to my attention. And also for being an awesome tangling community!

So this here is Pach:

It’s inspired by paper chains (PAper CHains), which you can really see in the tutorial. I think using it like that would look great as an embellishment for Christmas cards. I really quite like this built up pattern as well, even though it loses a bit of the paper chain look.

But my favourite way to use it is in a circle:

Obviously I need to practise getting each loop more or less the same size. But I love that it already has some depth before I’ve added any shading, and the way it looks quite complicated until you look closer.

For my cards I would probably put a raised sentiment in the middle, maybe put some pearls here and there for highlights, and that would be it done!

Even the intermediate stages look pretty good in a circle.

Like little flower stems.

What do you think of Pach? Which way do you prefer it? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: N’zeppel + cockles n mussels

Do you know the song ‘Molly Malone’? If not, you can listen to it here.

Right, now we’ve all got that stuck in our head let’s get on with today’s twofer post. First up is N’zeppel, tutorial here.

When I first came across N’zeppel it seemed like a lot of faff to me; drawing shapes just to draw them again with rounded corners. But after a couple of tries I started to really like the look of it. And then when I tried drawing the initial grid in pencil and rubbing the lines out afterwards, I fell in love.

It reminds me of a pebbled beach.

Then I discovered that you can do even more with N’zeppel.

As you may have seen in this post, I made a card for Kelleys DIY giveaway.

This tangle is called ‘cockles n mussels’ (alive alive-o), which is just N’zeppel with the rounded shapes filled in. You can find the tutorial here.

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Mussels

And clams!

What do you think? Which tangle do you prefer, plain N’Zeppel or Cockles ‘n’ Mussels? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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30 days has September

August turned out to be really quite productive.


I finished off my shawl and star blanket, I tried out a granny basket, made a gift for my sister, got some knitting done, and made so many cards they’re literally piling up.

There was even time to make it to an all day Sacred Harp singing and my monthly book club as well!

I reckon I’d be quite entitled to a rest after all that, but I’m still planning to have a useful September as well.

I have invested in a really big piece of white card, which I can hopefully use as a backdrop for some better photos. I also realised that the light bulb in my hallway is about ten times brighter than the one in my living room, which is stupid if you ask me, so I’m going to swap them round and that should also help with less-terrible photos. And being able to see what I’m doing in the living room.

The yarn for my brother’s Christmas present(s) has arrived so I’m going to make a start on that, as well as some little Christmas goodies to be listed in the shop. Feeling terribly organised, even though I know some people started with Christmas in July.

I’m also going to finish off all the little bits of projects that are hanging around and getting on my nerves.

So that’s my (rough) plan for September; better photos so I can stock the shop, finishing up, and Christmas! What’s everyone else got planned? Or are you just going to wing it? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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A cure for insomnia 

I’m not a brilliant sleeper. It usually takes me over an hour and 15 different positions before I finally get to sleep, and the slightest noise can have me wide awake in a second. But generally I still manage to get the 7.5 hours sleep I need to not bite everyone’s head off the next day.

Then there are the nights like last night. 2:00am was the last time I checked the clock, and then I stopped looking.

You may as well do something useful while you’re not sleeping, right? My initial plan was to get my existing cards listed, but as you can see from these photos the light was not even close to good enough for photographing stock.  Maybe I should invest in some spotlights for next time insomnia hits!

Birthday bird cages

Emma from Puddleside Musings introduced me to Jess Crafts and her “1 paper pack, x cards” youtube videos (go check them out, she got 27 cards out of one paper pack!), and that was my inspiration.

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Obviously I didn’t make it to 27 cards, but then I don’t like making multiples of the same design so it took me a little longer.

Birthday leaves

This one if my favourite of the batch:

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I also made these three earlier in the day

 

 

Including previous makes (the butterfly cards), that’s 11 I’ve made from this pack so far and I’m nowhere near finished. I’m enjoying the challenge of using the same elements in different ways.

What do you think of the cards? Not bad for a sleep-deprived and cranky crafter, right! What’s the highest number of cards you’ve managed to make from one paper pack? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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FO Friday 28.07.17

Here is my finished puff scarf, which I have wanted to show off since I finished it last Saturday morning! 

I’m really pleased with the colours now. So glad I had that other Caron Cake to play with.

Aside from that, I have no crochet FOs to show you. I’ve been working on the bigger items so it’ll take a wee while to finish them off. BUT I have been beavering away with my paper stash and have quite a few finished cards to show off:

I learned this new technique and am doing it do death 😉


This idea came from Isn’t She Crafty, although I had to alter it a bit as I didn’t have any ribbon that went with the scraps.

Despite buying the least useful set of letters ever, I managed to make a few wooden scrabble tile cards.

‘Ren’, ‘Non’, and ‘Pare’ are some gender-neutral terms for children to call their parents, if you’re wondering.

There’s also this card I made during my woodstamp printing workshop

I was really surprised at how well the yellow shows up on the card. I was expecting it sort of fade into the background, so I could stamp a different colour slightly off-centre and it would look like a shadow or reflection. In the end I liked it this way so much I just left it as it is!


So that was my rather productive week.

As I’m away next week helping out with a summer camp for girls, there won’t be any WIP Wednesday or FO Friday post. Or much crochet being done at all, really. So I probably won’t be liking or commenting until a week on Sunday at the earliest, but I will do my best to catch up when I can, and hopefully my scheduled posts will actually publish in the meantime!

How’s everyone’s Friday going? Got any FOs to show off? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Out of stock

I remember now why it took me so long to open up my shop in the first place.

Yesterday I decided to add my zentangle cards to stock, as I’ve got a few made up ready to go, so I opened etsy and signed in.

Wait, I need photos of the cards first.

I set them up and took a few photos – rubbish photos because it was starting to get dark, but I figured they would do as placeholders until I could take better ones.

But wait, if somebody actually buys one it might get damaged in the post.

Over to Amazon, where I lost half an hour comparing various plastic wallets and board-backed envelopes, and trying to decide which size(s) would be best to get. That’s another £20 closer to just not tracking how much I’ve spent on this shop with no return because it’s becoming too much to think about.

Right. Those should arrive tomorrow so let’s get the cards listed at last.

Oh wait, I wanted to take proper photos of them so I can get a run printed instead of them just being one-offs. But now it’s dark and there’s no hope of getting quality pictures.

You know what, never mind. I’ll just go to bed.

So my little shop is still sitting there with only 4 items in stock and not a thing sold.  But at least I thought about the board-backed envelopes now, and I’ll have some ready when I finally sell my first card. That’s quite organised for me!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week – B’Twined

This is another tangle that I love, love, LOVE, but still haven’t quite perfected yet. My lines always come out a little wobbly, and getting them to meet up is difficult!

Instructions (click on the photo to see it clearly) can be found here.

There are a few different ways I do this tangle. For the card up at the top of this post, I left in the basic grid lines that start it off. I didn’t draw in the diagonal guide lines for that one and I think it shows; most of the ‘arms’ are more curved on one side than the other.

Obviously you can also leave in the diagonal lines if you like

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But that looks pretty messy to me, so I never do.

You can also remove all of the guidelines if you draw them in pencil rather than pen.

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A more subtle difference, which might be difficult to explain, is the way the arms overlap each other. In the instruction photo you can see that Pegi draws every arm facing one direction first

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And then every arm going the other way

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Which produces a B’Twined that looks like this:

See how each cross has 2 arms that are on top and 2 that go underneath others.

But an alternative is to draw them in a zig zag pattern

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Which produces this:

Now it looks like there is one upper layer of crosses with all arms on top, and one lower layer with all arms running underneath. It’s a subtle difference that probably nobody would notice unless it was pointed out to them, but I love the fact that I can produce more than one thing from a single tangle.

What do you think of B’Twined? Have I inspired anyone to give tangling a go yet? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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April review 

Monthly reviews are a really good idea. I didn’t think I’d achieved much in April, what with moving house, having my birthday, and being quite ill for a few days, but looking back at it there’s actually quite a list of makes!

This weekend I started a chevron blanket that will be a surprise flat-warming gift for a friend. I’ve seen the flat (it’s fabulous!) and the colours I’ve chosen will fit right in.

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I created a phone cosy with the kit I got for my birthday, which also got me a commission from my cousin to make her a kindle cosy…

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Which I have almost finished

This isn’t technically a made thing, but I’m including it because it took me nearly 10 days: turning a lovely skein into a massive bundle of knots and untangling it into a not-very-ball-shaped ball.

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I discovered that my muscle memory is pretty darn good and I can still remember how to knit, about 20 years after my Nan taught me

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I learned the beautiful Love Knot stitch and made most of a lacy scarf using it

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I made my first C2C piece; this loooovely scarf

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I finished my first ever star blanket with my first ever Caron Cake

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I made this blue flower when I should have been unpacking. Procrastination for the win!

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I made up the pic-not stitch on my second ever star blanket.

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I started Mr Fox; another kit I got for my birthday

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I made a few Sand Swirl cards

I also made a birthday card for my cousin, but didn’t get a photo of it. I was really quite proud of it as well. Sigh.

So that was my April!

I’ve decided to set some goals for May, instead of just meandering from one half-finished project to the next as the fancy takes me:

  1. Finish pic-notting the baby blanket and get it sent to my sister
  2. Finish the kindle cosy and get it sent to my cousin
  3. Finish the lacy scarf and list it in the shop
  4. Finish the chevron blanket and gift it to my friend
  5. Get all my zentangle cards listed in the shop
  6. Make at least one knitted item
  7. Have at least 10 items listed in the shop

I’m determined that this will be the month of finishing things instead of getting distracted by the latest shiny new project. Wish me luck!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week – Sand Swirl

Here’s a super simple tangle, which just makes me happy to look at. I think it’s the little circles in the centre of the swirls, but who knows really.

How to instructions here, although you can probably figure this one out just by looking at it.

For my shop I’ve made some cards with Sand Swirl embellishments

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Some with it as a background

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And some with Sand Swirl corner decorations

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I’m considering scanning in my black and white cards and getting several printed, and then colouring some of them in. I do realise that not everyone likes the simplicity of black and white as I do!

Which do you like best? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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