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playing with patterns

Thanks for all your well-wishes everyone :) I am still working my way through this flu bug and lost my voice this week - I am much better and can definitely see the light at the end of the tunnel, but it's slow going.

It also hasn't left me with a whole heap of motivation or inspiration, so rather than doing nothing, I've been keeping myself busy with an easy project - working on an updated version of my Pattern Folio for 2014 which includes the patterns posted on the blog this year (so, this is a very early advanced "heads up": it will go out in December to email subscribers - if you'd like to receive a copy you'll need to be subscribed to the blog feed by email by 1st December - it will not be going out retrospectively as I discovered last year, it's just too much work to do it that way).

Anyway, as I was going through the patterns I noticed that I didn't have samples for a couple of them and decided to have a play.

Olb (click to see pattern details)

Similar to some others I've done, I find it's a good strategy for me to stick with something I know works when I can't think of a new idea - at least it gets me drawing which often leads to new ideas anyway. I particularly like the "stem" ends on the end of the "olbs" and would like to play more with the idea.

Heart Box (click to see pattern details)

A simple scroll design :)

Unless I put together any more patterns before December, I'm pretty much done with the folio now, which for me is an amazing feat to be prepared so far in advance! Love that!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend :)



  1. I love the hanging bulbs! More healing energy sent to you, too :)

  2. Oh dear, glad you are on the mend now. That was quite a bout of flu you had. I love the flowiness of the Olb draping.

  3. Love your patterns. Glad you're on the mend. Sorry about the voice though. I am subscribed to your blog through Feedly, not sure how to subscribe by email.
    Stay inspired!

    1. oops! I see the email subscription option in the side bar. Now, how did I miss that? lol

    2. You'd be surprised how many people miss it, Michelle :)

  4. Helen - glad you are on the mend - take it the Heart Box scroll...I am taking the CZT class at the end of October - hope to get inspired to believe that I, too, can make tangles as glorious as yours!! I'm still working on it, but the more I want to do better, the more I procrastinate...our minds and inner critics are tricky things to overcome!!

    1. Oh, how fun - I hope you have a great time! I think you've just got to keep drawing, even if it's just something small every day, and even if you're not loving what you're doing - I have a very critical "inner critic" and I usually just draw my way through till the creativity kicks in :)

  5. I hope you're feeling a lot better soon. I had a very bad bout of norovirus a couple years ago that nearly killed me. It took a couple months for me to get all the way back... hope you're better sooner than that!

    I like the scrolling effect on hearts, you inspired me to practice a bit this evening. :)

    1. Oh, wow - that sounds terrible - so glad you got through it o.k.. Mine was just a regular seasonal flu, but I think because I hadn't been sick in about 5 years that it hit me harder - hopefully it's at least another 5 years (or more!) till the next time :)

  6. oh decided for me, a pattern that is easy on an early day. I can practice Olb and it won't tax my sleep deprived brain hahahaha

  7. Hi Helen,
    Nice to hear you are feeling a little better. That flu bug can really beat the "dickens" out of a person. Take it easy and give yourself a good rest. Love my books. Thanks for your inspiration and hard work.


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