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Monday, May 6, 2013

Walk this Shway

I must be the first to admit that when I say Shway arrive in my inbox the other day, I did not think that I would ever use it.  Not because I don't like the tangle, but because it looked hard.  I felt like too much spacing and even-ness would be required.  (Confession: mismatched spaces when I want them to be matched makes my eye twitch.)  All that being said, I decided that I was going to figure this out and do the challenge on time this week.

First things first, I played a little with Shway.  I had not tried it out yet.  Once I did a little, and figured out how to get it like I wanted it to be, I pulled out some paper and got to work.  I did a little tic-tac-toe board for a string.  I wanted Schway to take center stage on this one, but I didn't want it to be a monotangle either. I put Shway in five of the spaces so that I would have several chances to vary/experiment with the patterns.   When looking at Shway unvaried and unshaded, I was afraid that the pattern would be quite flat so for the other four spots, I tried to choose tangles that would have dimension. I wanted the other spaces to pop up a little against the flat.


In the end, I'm not sure my other tangles pop up as much as I thought they might, and not all of Shway is as flat as I feared it would.  There is so much possibility for variation here and I really enjoyed experimenting.  I also like the graphic quality of Shway.  It has a pop art feel to me. I am happy with my tile this week.  Not only is it finished in time, but was done in record time for me.

I am also posting last week's Blind String Challenge.  I finished it late Saturday and was too tired to get it shaded, scanned and blogged in time to make the deadline.This was my first go at Phicops and while I certainly have more experimenting with it to feel that I have "mastered" it, I am really glad that I gave it a go and tried it.  I also experimented with Laura's tangle Versa.  I was going for another look that I have done with Versa but, I got distracted and goofed it up.  That being said, I do like the end result.  The other grid pattern is one that I did combining Z-Trick and Flwr Box.  I still need to try those two on their own, but I am pleased with how my combination came out as well.  I was just playing around with ideas when I started this one, so I wasn't sure what the end result would look like.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  Have a great week!

19 comments:

  1. Beautiful work! I hope I can get this one - it looks complicated.

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  2. Beautifully done, I like the way you managed to get other tangles in there as well.

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  3. I really like all the variations. Nice work!

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  4. Amazing - and great how you blended so many interesting patterns into such a small space.

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  5. Fun tangling with a wonderful mix of ideas.

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  6. Five schways to tangle Schway.... Great. I love the one in the upper left square. That looks really interesting.

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  7. They are both great! In the first one, I love the way you were able to integrate several versions of Schway with a couple of other tangles. It is gorgeous.

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  8. Both of your tiles are very nice, well balanced, and inspiring!

    Be happy,

    Jacque Solomon
    www.tanglebright.com

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  9. Your Schway's are really beautiful

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  10. Nice Schway and combination of tangles along with it.

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  11. Love all the wonderful textures and tangle choices with Schway, very fun. Your blind string is beautiful!

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  12. Thanks everyone for your kind comments! I hope to check out all your tiles soon.

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  13. Very nice Schways!! And your Versa version is gorgeous!

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  14. Love the idea of a tick tack toe string, and it is such a great way to play with variations! Love your choice of companion tangles too.

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  15. So many ways to schway. What a great example of exploring a tangle. My favourite is in the first one top left. Very cool.

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