Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Around a corner with Meer

There's been a recent discussion among some of the CZTs about using the tangle Meer in a border design and what to do at the corner. I like a challenge so I gave it some thought and came up with the idea of twisting it.

Then I realized that it could also be 'folded' at the corner. Use straight rather than curved lines and simply eliminate the triangular corner bit from your tangle. If you want the pointy corner effect you can always add a little something extra there.

A number of suggestions were proposed by other CZTs and I thought I'd give them a whirl too.

Bonnie Browning suggested "leaving the corner blank and put Paradox or something like that in the corner that is still lines, but different" (example: top left below).

Jean Theurkauf offered a few ideas:
  • "use a different tangle in the corners, like  a medallion" (example: top right below)
  • "have the borders overlap each other like pieces of wood might" (example: lower left below)
  • "try putting a diagonal line in the corner, and bring meer straight right up to that line" (mitering) (example: lower right below)

Jean Smerglio shared a couple of diagrams showing "a way to do tangles that do not go around corners well. I have to give credit to Carole Ohl (for) one; she used it in her calendar."
I've added two more:

And on a side note, if you're wondering what Carole Ohl's calendar is, check out this link.

I woke up this morning with another method for sending the tangle Meer around a corner lurking in my brain. This one keeps nice, square corners, if that's something you'd like. Later I realized that this is basically the mitering idea proposed by Jean Therkauf, but you don't have a diagonal ink line through the corner.

If you want to use Meer around an entire rectangle, you'll notice in the example above that the diagonally opposite corners will match, and be different from the other diagonally opposite corners. Here we go:


  1. Excellent tutorial, Margaret. I've added a link to it from Meer on TanglePatterns. Thanks!

  2. I am so glad I started this conversation in the yahoo group because you ladies came out in full support and shared your brilliance! Thank you so very much! These are wonderful possibilities!

  3. I think my favorite is the mitering. So clever! You are an angel to do this. I send my students to your site all the time and they come back singing your praises. Thanks for all your sharing!

  4. Thank you so much for giving non-CZTs a chance at working with these ideas too. I accidentally left your blog off my list to visit when rearranging my blog sidebars……. after a few days there was definitely something missing…………..your blog & your insights!
    Paula (PEP)

  5. Margaret, I teach a "Borders & Bands" class in which we draw Meer just as you show it in your February update! Glad to see it here as well since I do send them a link to this marvelous post after class. I noticed just now that your update is dated "February 2017" ... perhaps you meant "2016"??!

    Thank you, again, for your wonderful blog full of such interesting and inspiring information and art!

    1. Oh for heaven's sake! Thank you Jan. I suspect it should be 2014, and will change it accordingly. :P

  6. So i tried this and had an awesome time with this!!!!