Thursday, January 7, 2016

"Rope" string idea

Tangles: Amaze, Finery, Zander plus 'sparkle'
I've been using this string idea lately and thought others might be interested in trying it. Here's the how-to:
You can make only a few spaces to fill, or keep your lines close together and make several thinner spaces, in which case you may like to use 'border' tangles.
You can keep it quite simple.
Tangles: Beadlines, Black Pearlz, Tipple
Or go to town with tangles!
Tangles: Betweed, Crusade, Paradox, Printemps, Shattuck, Unyun
Below, I filled the corners and the adjacent 'rope' parts with Paradox, leaving just two initial diagonal sections for something else.
Tangles: Black Pearlz, Ing (curvy), Paradox, Pearlz
And, of course - since there is no pre-determined up or down in zentangle - you can decide to lay it on its side!
Tangles: Crescent Moon, Gottago (with pearlz), Ing,
'Nzeppel, Prestwood variation, Shing

Check out my "flying birds" string idea here.
Check out my two-pencil string idea here and here, and a Diva challenge here.


  1. I love this idea and design! I have a feeling that the Zentangle family will be seeing more of these! 💖

  2. GORGEOUS! As always Margaret! Love the idea.

  3. Margaret, you always come up with deliciously wonderful ideas! Thank you from the bottom of my somewhat-less-creative, but always appreciative heart!!!

  4. Wonderful! I'll keep this in my treasurebox!

  5. These are super, I'm going to try this - I do have a favourite, it's the tan one. :D

  6. Love this, Margaret! Thank you for sharing! <3

  7. This is fabulous! Thank you, Margaret!

  8. Thanks for sharing this idea. So many possibilities! Happy New Year to you!

  9. Fantastic idea! Due to these strings the tiles will be in full of movement. Thanks for sharing! :)

  10. Thank you! Thank you! This came along at a perfect time as I am in an altered envelope swap & had run out of ideas. This will work out perfect. I love your creativity & that you are so generous in sharing.

  11. Your tiles are beautiful. I very much like this string and will be trying it. Thank you for being a consistent inspiration - sharing your zen moments.

  12. Thank you, Margaret, for a gorgeous and inspiring idea!

  13. As usual, you have struck a chord with simplicity and elegance. Thank you, Margaret.

  14. Brilliant! Definitely on my to-do list, along with searching your tangles for your initials - love that little quirk.

    1. Haha! Thanks Frances. I had wanted, for some time, to come up with a 'signature' that was more of a visual element rather than simple a couple of letters.