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Pattern : Y-flip

I really love the look of y-ful power by Shoshi, and when I was playing with it the other day, I started to think about what would happen if I flipped the alternate Y's. Would it work? Well, it does, and I love the resulting pattern.

My approach to drawing y-ful power is a little different from the instructions, I use a more freehand technique as I don't have a lot of patience for seeds or dots if I don't need them. I create it a column at a time starting with the curves - this (hopefully) makes sense if you look at step 1 in Y-flip - alternative method.

I've included 2 versions of how to draw this pattern:

First method: This one is my favourite, and I think the easiest, allowing for more randomised effects, too.

2nd method: This is the version that I started with, but found the one above easier.

This technique might be easier for some who don't like drawing the curving lines that I start the first version with, but, as there are connecting lines added in, it leaves itself open for uneven joins which I don't like much.

Here it is in action:

And another one, I've extended the base of the y's here.

I really like how it turned out.

Yesterday I went out and bought myself a new canon SLR camera body - it's been around 10 years since I've updated my SLR and I'm very excited about it! I'm planning to play with it over the next few days, figure out how to use the video controls :)



  1. This design is so neat! Love the completed version.

  2. Very cool! Thanks for sharing. :)

  3. Hey Helen, so adorable, I love the completed result - tfs. Will definitely try this one :)

  4. Thank you! I really love playing with patterns and this one was so much fun!

  5. You are soooo talented Helen. I love to see what you come up with next. Thank you for sharing your lovely work.

  6. Groovy plus! Goodluck with your camera!

  7. Hello Helen, in the TanglePattern String photostream on Flickr I saw a ZIA by Poppie_60 with an intriguing background. It turned out to be your tangle pattern Y-flip, which I already adore without practicing! Just one word: enchanting!
    Thank you for sharing, will give it a try at breakfast, which probably means, I'll be drawing the whole morning....

    Greetings from Holland,

    1. Hi Anneke :) Thankyou. Hope you have fun with it!

  8. A gorgeous pattern - elegant as always from your pen, Helen. Thanks for posting the video! As usual, the left side of my brain said the pattern - this time it's y-flip - would be easy, then the right side made a hash of the first three attempts. My happy hour (breakfast) is now a not-so-happy morning. I hope I can get it to look right before lunch!:-)

  9. Very Salvador Dali. I love your work so much. Clean and refreshing. Flowing. Just beautiful. You are my favorite Tangler. Blessings.


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