Skip to main content

Challenge #89 Sankegg

This weeks Diva Challenge. Sankegg. . Well ......... I was completely stumped when I saw this pattern, my brain pretty much a gigantic, echoing cavern. Nothing. I sketched it out a couple of times it just wasn't working for me. So, I took a closer look at the original picture of the Pysanka Egg and noticed that in the centre of every jet shape had a triangle. O.k., so now I had something geometric to work from and I could make a reasonable replication of the pattern as shown on the egg. Still. Nothing. I told my husband I wasn't going to do it, he muttered something, probably "coward", or maybe "goodnight" and went to bed clearly disgusted with my lack of fortitude. Though, that may be me projecting. He's probably not quite so invested in my decision whether or not to participate.

So, this afternoon I sat at my desk determined to give it another go. I ended up taking one of my usual approaches which is  to turn a pattern into a flower. This is about 4 sankegg "jets" rotated and layered over each other, along with the next set of long triangles in the pattern coming out from each point. That probably doesn't make much sense, but I've included a little diagram below. The second set of triangles remain uncapped so I can use them for the seeds. Just a lazy bit of shading with a greylead.

Here it is, my sankegg Dandelion. I don't love it, but I don't hate it. That's about it.

The diagram:


  1. how clever! i think you did an ok-job on this one!

  2. love the use of the tangle as a flower

  3. Helen, I love that you took a geometric pattern and gave it a lovely flow. This is lovely!

  4. What a unique way of doing this tangle.

  5. What a nice flower did you make with this patern. Wonderfull idea!

  6. Yur flowers are always beautiful; so this one too!

  7. Hey, this is INSANELY creative, wow!!! I don't love sankegg much either, but you have turned it into something pleasing and interesting, so well done to you :) ill be trying out the alternative pattern you've laid out at the bottom of your post

  8. I knew you would go botanical....and it works so well! You took sankegg into a new dimension of beauty!

  9. sometimes 'not hating it' is a good thing, however, i think you're wrong here - it looks great! and you were very clever to turn this into a flower - i'm thinking flowers and feathery things are your trademark! i see pictures online and i think, "helen might like this" or "helen could turn this into something amazing!"

    1. Thankyou :) I really struggled with this one, Alice, and after a few pages of scribbles just decided to go with my default "flower" setting. They are definitely my fave thing to draw :) There is so much great stuff to look at online, a real time-sink, but I can't help myself!

  10. Yes, this was a challenging challenge... your solution is great and very loverrrly!

  11. This is fantastic! I only wish I had thought of it! I struggled with this one. Your solution is perfect.

  12. Really pretty! I love your new design. I also love dandelions. The leaves are good in salad and are supposed to have curative properties.


Post a Comment

I love hearing from you :)

Popular posts from this blog

PATTERN - Faux Weave

I am getting ever closer to the finish line of my course. I have one more round of assessments to go and should be done in around 6 weeks - I cannot wait! I have enjoyed it, but am more than ready for it to be over. Thanks for hanging in there with my erratic posting over the past year or so :)

My desk, which has a myriad of buried treasure amongst the clutter  (my organisation "system" tends towards scribbling things down on scraps of paper when I get an idea then throwing them on my desk). Anyway, I had a bit of a clean up last night and it offered up this pattern ready to scan and share.

I love, love, LOVE easy patterns and how, often, from a simple construct the illusion of a more complex design can be created.

I think that "faux weave" is one such example. What could be easier than spiralling around a single line? Stack these spirals together using a square grid, alternate the direction, add some basic fill and shading and all of a sudden you have a woven effe…

String Rose PATTERN

Well, d-day has almost arrived. Tomorrow I head back to school. Where did the summer go? At least the class schedule is looking pretty light and I'll only be at school for 2- 2 1/2 days a week.

Today I want to share a really simple technique/pattern I've called "String Rose". This idea first made an appearance on the blog during the old into new challenge back in 2014. I named one of the experimentation tiles as Trentwith and though this pattern was the initial source of inspiration, my version takes a different approach. I had always meant to share the technique as it's so simple, and fun, but I just didn't get around to it. Until now! 2 1/2 years later.....haha.

O.k., here goes........

The String Rose Pattern - this shows the base technique.

As it's all done in one continuous line, I thought a little insta-video might help out:

Puffy 8's PATTERN

O.k., wow. Another year done and dusted! Can you believe it's 2017? Me? I'm still reeling.

So, where did 2016 go? I had so much that I wanted to get done here on the website, but, life takes some interesting turns and my return to full-time study in 2016 though not planned, was so interesting - I loved it!

Since term ended for our long summer break, I've been periodically working on tidying up my files and found some unpublished patterns that I hadn't got around to posting. I'll put them up over the next few weeks.

Today I'm sharing a pattern called Puffy 8's - it's another spin off of 2/8's (love that base pattern!)

You could stop at step 5 above, or keep going to fill all the spaces.
And, what's life without a bit of freeforming?
Wishing everyone a happy, productive 2017!