Tangle of the week: Land Girlz

I had to share Land Girlz because it looks just like section 2 of the Havana CAL!

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The blue and red bit is section 2

Here’s the official tutorial and back-story if you’re interested.

Step 1. Draw a row of squares.

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Step 2. Draw connecting lines between the squares.

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Step 3. Add aura lines.

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Step 4. In the spaces created, draw more squares.

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Step 5. Repeat steps 2-4 until you run out of space/ink/time/patience.

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And as usual, just a wee bit of shading can pop it into 3D no problem.

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

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Paradox Reversed

Anyone who has been reading my blog for a while will know that Paradox is my all-time favourite Tangle.

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So when I saw that someone had created a variation on it, I had to give it a try. You can check out the tutorial on the creator’s blog here.

Step 1. Mark out your square.

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Step 2. Draw the first four lines as you would in regular Paradox.

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Step 3. Reverse direction and draw the next four lines.

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Step 4. Repeat step 3 until you reach the centre of the square.

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Step 5 (optional). Fill in the centre.

I’ll be honest, this one was a bit of a brain workout! I had to count my lines as I drew them, to make sure I changed direction after every fourth one.

Here’s what it looks like in grid formation.

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And in triangles, like Paradox at the top of the post.

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I really like it, but regular Paradox is still my favourite.

What do you think of Paradox Reversed? Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments!

Hannah

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Tangle of the week: Panthe

If I look at Panthe for too long it makes my eyes feel funny, but that’s partly why I like it! As you can see in the tutorial it’s based on the Pantheon Dome in Rome, which inspired me to try a circular tangle area for the first time.

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Step 1. Draw a grid using double lines.

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Step 2. Add crosses in the larger squares.

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Step 3. Draw a small square around the centre of each cross

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Step 4. Draw a larger square around the small one

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Step 5 (optional). Fill in the sections where the grid lines overlap

Step 6 (optional). Add some shading.

I decided to have a play with this Tangle, see what else could be done with it. I tried starting off with a single-line grid rather than double.

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Then a triple-line grid.

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Adding in some extra squares.

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And filling in certain sections.

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It’s so interesting to me how little changes like that can really alter the look of a Tangle.

So what do you think of Panthe? Which is your favourite version? Let me know in the comments!

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: 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.

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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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Tangle of the week: Hemp

Hemp is in the spotlight this week, because it reminds me of my Grandma.

You can find the tutorial here, and if you’re interested in the story then read on.

Grandma had a wooden puzzle/pattern thing (I really don’t know the technical term) made of triangles and diamonds in bright primary colours. I spent hours and hours sitting on the floor, shuffling those shapes around to make different patterns.

My favourite was putting all the red diamonds together to make a 6-pointed star, and filling in the space between the points with blue and yellow triangles.

As soon as I saw Hemp, it brought back those memories in full technicolour. Hopefully my cards using Hemp will go to people making new memories of their special days.

What do you think of Hemp? Anyone know the puzzle/pattern things I’m talking about? 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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