Saturday, March 14, 2015

Challenge #208

At the moment there are seriously not enough hours in the day.

Autumn = mad, crazy times around here.

I'm canning like a woman possessed, there's tomatoes everywhere! It's almost time to begin on the apple pie filling that my daughter loves and I am contractually required to put a years supply away for her or, apparently, I am out of the family.

We're madly scrambling to get things done around the place in time for a Permaculture group tour in May - one of the big projects was to properly fix up the kids old cubby that I've been using as a potting shed over the past year. By the end of the week it will have shelves and wall hooks and big windows and doors that closes. It will definitely be my garden happy spot.

We've got some cool Autumn festivals that I just have to go visit - today I was at Cloudehill an amazing garden that's part of the Diggers Club (heritage seed savers/garden club that I'm a member of) of course,  I couldn't help but buy a stack of seeds and plants - just doing my bit, you know? (well that's what I tell John, anyway).

Tomorrow we attend a Biodynamic field day as part of the BD course we're doing.

I've got lots of gardening to get done over the next few weeks, compost heaps to build so that everything is ready for the Winter wind down. Whew. I'm feeling tired already.

So, I did get a chance to take a peek at the challenge this week, which was a duo tangle using Cubine and Pokeroot, and this idea came right to mind, so I was compelled to put it down on paper:

ribbon and floral using cubing and pokeroot tangle patterns

I'm going to apologise in advance for not getting around to visit any challenge blogs this week. I'm hoping once Winter is here things will settle down and I'll be able to get more involved again.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Weave - VIDEO

Here's the video for Weave Pattern:

I think the most important thing for this one is that, once you've got the base structure complete (step 3 in step-out instructions), that you continue to work in the same order i.e. strokes on all of the front grid, then work on the back grid, then repeat till happy with the result.

Here's one showing the pattern drawn freeform - this is a speed-draw video - 8x speed. It's done using the same base structure but without the dots. I also add on where I feel I need more, so it's not as methodical.

Have a great weekend!


Thursday, March 12, 2015


Here's the new pattern mentioned in my previous post, Scribble Daisies
Weave Tangle Pattern Step Outs

A couple of notes:
A dot grid helps to keep it straight/regulated if that's the look you want.
Note 1: shows the initial strokes done in a different order.
Note 2: keep adding more lines to fill if you want - really changes the pattern appearance.

Here's a couple of freeform versions:

Weave Tangle Pattern Wonky Grid

Weave Tangle Pattern Freeform

I'm currently working on a video for this one :)

Have fun!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Scribble Daisies and paper scrolls

Playing around with some scribble daisies and patterned paper scrolls. Fun :)

The smaller paper scroll uses a new pattern "Weave" (instructions to come soon - things are pretty busy around here right now).

The tomatoes have started coming in volume now so I have begun the preserving process - this will consume a lot of my time over the next month or two.

I've also updated my VIDEO page to a single media player - you can access all the videos via the dropdown playlist menu. - and also subscribe to my channel directly from this page. Any bookmarks to the old videos page will still work, it's still there, just hidden :)

Have a great week! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tumbleweed PATTERN - grid version

A while back I did a post showing a technique using some dots - and it was dubbed "tumbleweed" by several readers (I had mentioned tumbleweeds in my post). So, since it's a great name that works with the pattern AND I'm a very lazy pattern-namer, I've just gone with it.

I played around recently with putting this pattern into a grid - the dots in the original were a device to help randomise the pattern so they're not needed in the grid version, but you could try it that way if it works better for you :)

It's got a bit of a curvy "Steps" feel without the central line.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Well Tangle

It's been a busy week - along with the usual running around for school and constant watering (we're going through a heat wave) two of my heart patterns have been featured on Tangle Patterns - always exciting (Linda does a brilliant job)! The patterns were posted during last years Valentine's Love Fest.....(haha)......the first two weeks in February I did a mass posting of heart patterns and drawings - so, so much fun but I pretty much totally exhausted all of my ideas for using hearts as a pattern base during this time. If you want to check it out and bask in a little extra Valentine's lovin' last years heart posts begin here.

O.k.....onwards........I haven't done any challenges in what seems like AGES! So, when I saw that this week's Square One FB group theme was to use the Zentangle pattern Well (one of my faves) I couldn't resist.

I kept it super simple and just stuck with a single big Well with some basic shading.

Zentangle tile using Well tangle pattern

Some housekeeping: if you're an email subscriber and got my String Journal post yesterday, you probably noticed the big gap in the middle - there was meant to be a flip book in that space - I didn't realise that the link/image would not show up until I got the email in my own inbox this morning. So, if you missed out and want to check it out, go right to the post on the blog by clicking here.

I have my fingers x'd that this post actually gets to email followers today as all my subscribers have disappeared from Feedburner - this happens about twice a year for whatever reason and they're always back after a day or two - so hopefully it will all be as normal tomorrow.

Have a fabulous day!