Saturday, May 14, 2016

SKYE - a new tangle!


Wow. I am really thrilled with this one! Yes, there are step-outs!

(Oh, alright! Skip to the step-outs! But come back up to see/read all the rest, okay?)

I noticed this interlacing on the box of the game Isle of Skye. It's a classic Celtic interlacing pattern, which, if you follow a strand, you'll notice is composed of two strands, not one. (I enjoyed the game, by the way.)
This is the pattern stripe from the game's box.

Deconstructing this pattern encountered a lot of false starts.

Once I had figured out how to draw it, I drew it a few times on a tile. I wanted to be sure I knew what I was doing before I pretended to explain it to others.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Pearlz, Skye, Tipple
Blue Skye! Honestly, I wasn't thinking that when I did this. I just had a tile with a blue wash sitting waiting.
Tangles: Bunzo, Crescent Moon, Pearlz, Phuds, Skye
The step-outs!
(Updated step-outs posted 2016 September 2)
Don't forget to shade it, although it looks quite alright without. Have fun!

Tangles: Cruze, Elven, single Pearlz, Skye, Zonked
Tangles: Skye, Tipple, and wavy lines
UPDATE: 2016 May 19

Well, my goodness! People are having lots of fun with this tangle, to the extent that some are posting alternate step-outs and video demos. Here are three videos offering basics and further explorations such as ending a row of Skye, and doing Skye in a circle.

The first is from Bunte Gallerie on YouTube:


The next is one is from Kathrin Bendel, also on YouTube. Kathrin is a CZT in Germany and made this (her first!) video as an additional instruction to some who were having challenges drawing Skye.


And one from Ellen Wolters, who has done video demos of a great many tangle patterns.

46 comments:

  1. Wonderful!! Thanks so much.

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  2. Fantastic this will be so fun to try out - thank you for figuring out and sharing.

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  3. Margaret, this one is awesome! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. Brilliant, Margaret. I would have passed right over this (pun intended).Thanks for untangling this one. Looks like fun and a real puzzler. Judith Shamp

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  5. Thanks for the step outs! I fell in love with this tangle after you posted it the other day and couldn't stop playing with it! Your step outs now give me more consistent results. :)

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  6. My husband and I were recently in Scotland. We even visited the Isle of Skye. I saw this pattern several times and was thinking about how I could possibly deconstruct it. I was stymied. Consequently, I am so impressed by your step outs. You nailed it. Thank you so much for sharing your work with us.

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    1. It was certainly a challenge. At first I kept trying to make the 'S' shape as a line, then it finally dawned on me that it's two lines, making a white band.

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  7. You are officially the queen of de-construction!

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    1. I have to admit, I'm feeling rather proud!

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    2. You are amazing managing to deconstruct this tangle. I can't wait to try it. It looks so cool on all your examples.

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  8. I love it and can't wait to try it.

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  9. Wow, Margaret, you have outdone yourself! This is just amazing, and I can't wait to play with it! Thank you so much!

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  10. you are the cat's meow....this is wonderful and so well done.

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  11. Thank you so much! I just love Skye, and thank you for your clear and easy-to-follow instructions. I feel so much wonder at, and appreciation for, the generosity of Spirit that you CZT's have. It humbles me.

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  12. Wonderful and a whole page of Wowzers! Off to Scotland at the end of the month and will be taking a lot of photos of patterns. Will certainly look out for this one.

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  13. Oh wow, this is great! I love celtic knots and tried them sometimes- with your decunsruction and stepout it is so easy now- thank you so much!
    And when I tell you that we spend two weeks of our summer holidays on the Isle of Skye this year you can imagine that I will definitely draw your tangle there!! (But I will not wait as long to try it!!)
    I LOVE your pattern and the variations which you created are absolutely amazing!

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    1. Wish I could join you! I'd so love to visit Scotland and Ireland.

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    2. My first attempt of Skye pattern you can see in the new DIVA Challenge #268...Thanks for sharing... it is fun! (Even if it still needs some more exercise...)

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  14. Whenever I see your artwork I think you must have extraordinary working eyes, brain and hand...thank you for sharing you wonderful tangles with us.

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  15. I had no idea there was a game named after the place (I'll be there later this summer). Congrats on figuring out a challenging knot a la ZT!

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    1. I'm jealous! I so want to visit Scotland and Ireland. Enjoy yourself!

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    2. Thanks, Margaret! I sure plan to! It's part of a pilgrimage trip that includes Iona, then I'm being hosted by Quakers on Skye. I've offered them a Zentangle workshop as a thank you and may just have to show them this.... ;-) Really, this truly is the holy grail of tangles! :-) Sadelle Wiltshire, CZT #7

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  16. It was fun watching you deconstruct this.
    Love the "feel" and look of this one. You are so generous to share!!!

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  17. Thanks for the brilliant step outs. I am always inspired by the celtic patterns when we go to Skye. I have mugs, books, hangings etc but get stuck when it comes to drawing them. I shall give this a try shortly. The landscape is amazing there too.

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  18. This is brilliant and beautiful! Thank you for sharing;-)

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  19. Thank´s a lot for the step-outs! You have done a great job! I´ll try this for sure!

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  20. This is beautiful. Thank you for deconstructing and sharing. Amazing.

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  21. I was to the Isle of Skye many many moons ago. Long before I thought of tangles or pen and ink drawing so I was not looking for that. Such a shame. I love how this looks but I am REALLY struggling with it…not sure why…I have done one yet that looks satisfactory. But I am not giving up.

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  22. Oh my goodness, Margaret, this is brilliant. Better said, you are brilliant. I LOVE this!

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  23. Wonderful tangle and wonderful step-outs! Thank you for sharing!

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  24. Love it! Have you seen the YouTube channel of TheCelticGoldsmith? He shows how to draw all kinds of Celtic and Pictic patterns, including this one. I actually have been playing with those recently, so I'll definitely try your step-out. Maybe you could deconstruct some more of the patterns shown on YouTube...��
    MoonOwl

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    1. I may have encountered it, but it would have been some years ago. I'll have a look, and thanks for the recommendation!

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  25. What a beautiful tangle! I'm so glad that you shared the step-outs with us because I have a lot of that type of games around (we are a household of sci-fi and fantasy freaks) and my husband paints tartan plaids on miniature war-gaming figures. I try to deconstruct patterns, but don't have your eye and touch to get something looking good. Anyway, I am going to attempt it tonight and see what I can do. Again, thank you so much for sharing!

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    1. My husband owns the local board game cafe so I see a lot of games!

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  26. Wow, very challenging but very effective! Thanks Margaret!!!

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  27. Wow, Margaret. Congrats on this one. I will try it right now. Thanks for your hard work and for sharing.

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  28. Oh, you know us too well - telling us to skip to the step outs and then come back and read. Can't wait to try Skye! Thanks for this!

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  29. Thank you Margaret. That's brilliant. So many possibilities and just can't wait to try them.

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  30. Love the magic you weave Margaret. Skye is a real winner!!

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  31. Margaret, this is great! And now it's on the Diva Challenge today. :-D I actually saw this on Ellen Wolters video 2 days ago but haven't had time to try it out yet. I guess it's time now. The Celtic knots are so hard to figure out, but this one is very Zentangle friendly. Thank you so much for doing such a great deconstruction that we can all do.

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  32. I have nice memories on visting Scotland and Skye last summer: unspoilt, mysterious and wild. When I saw this pattern, I started immediately to exercise because it seemed really difficult but after a while I understand the logic steps and now I love this tangle. Thank you very much Margaret for this special and awesome drawingexperience!!!

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  33. Wow, I can't believe how intricate and beautiful this tangle is, and your examples are GORGEOUS. Can't wait to try it out!

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  34. Thank you for sharing my video! I love your patterns - no wonder that I've already drawn so many of them for my YouTube channel =)

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  35. Fabulous! Will provide many hours of inspiration. Thank you for the clear step-outs as well. Blessings

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