little lines

The Diva’s Challenge this week was a UMT challenge involving an interesting tangle, Athitzi by Eleanor Holt. The pattern is just a series of short, parallel lines, but Eleanor produced a stunning effect in her tile.

I didn’t know where to go with this tangle, so I just drew a tile and incorporated Athitzi here and there. By my count Athitzi pops up 7 times in this tile. Can you find them all?

Athitzi, Bales, Gneiss, Kathy's Dilemma, Mooka, Rain, Rixty, Sanibelle, Static, Trumpits, Vega

Athitzi, Bales, Gneiss, Kathy’s Dilemma, Mooka, Rain, Rixty, Sanibelle, Static, Trumpits, Vega


shifting blocks

This week’s It’s a String Thing #76 involved three new-to-me tangles, Fjord, Oolo and Trumpits.

When I drew this, my shoulders were aching from a workout the previous day. My hand was tremoring a little, and as a result all my initial lines turned out slightly wonky. So I decided to thicken some of the lines with a Pigma Micron 08 to hide the wonkiness.

Fjord, Oolo, Trumpits

Fjord, Oolo, Trumpits

Soon, I was thickening not just the wonky lines, but other lines too. I no longer detested the lines on the tile, and instead I was having fun!

Varying the line weight is something I picked up from hesedetang. She has a unique tangling style that involves playing around with thick and thin lines. I wasn’t trying to imitate her here (partly because I know I can’t), but borrowing the idea of thicker lines did help this particular tile.