First, I want to thank all of you who gave Birdie’s Seton a try last week. We both enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful creations. I’m sorry I didn’t have time to comment on all of them.
After reading several of the posts, I think I understand what my student meant when she said she “couldn’t do Seton.” I think she meant her tangle did not look like inspiration. That’s not a problem with her tangling; that’s a problem with her mindset. Starting with the idea that the tangle will look just like the windows – with perfect circles – leads to disappointment and misses the wonder of this tangle. The first time Birdie showed me how the “circles” appear as if by magic, I was hooked. I love being surprised at the results. I went back again to look at Pattern Play, and none of my circles are perfectly round. Maybe I can’t do Seton either?
Now, this week’s challenge by the funny and talented Holly Atwater is to use a trio of tangles: Trio, Huggins, and Xyp. THX – as in text-speak for thanks. I’m inspired to do some more tangles with hidden messages, but have to save that for another day. Here is my tile, with tangleations of XYP and Trio and a pretty standard Huggins.
I thought my trio looked like a family of penguins and was surprised when I went back to read the story behind this tangle and discovered that its creator, Hanny Waldburger, said it reminded her of a family also. After I did the tile, I couldn’t help but look for a picture of penguins to tangle.
Since I wanted to tangle both the white and the black, I used my new gray sketchbook. I love tangling on gray!