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String Grid

When experimenting with a randomised version of Hearts and Diamonds Tangle Pattern earlier in the week, well, it didn't work out all that great so instead I came up with a string grid idea that I had a lot of fun playing around with (silver linings.......yay!)

I think of this as a process rather than a pattern. It creates a good starting point to generate different results depending on your lines, fill, etc. 

First, the finished result:
This process creates an informal grid to which I add petal shapes. Here's how:

1. Draw a swirly line.

2. draw a second swirly line back and forth over first line creating (sort of) right angles where the lines intersect.
3. add a placement mark (shown here as red dots) at every second intersection.
4. Draw the third line, threading it through the intersections.
5. Draw the final fourth line threading through any big gaps at the intersections.
6. Draw petals at marked positions.

Try changing the "petal" shape, or position, try drawing inside the gaps rather than along the lines.

Morning glory style..........
Daisies - petals drawn "on the line"......
Daisies- petals drawn "in the gaps".........

Use only 2 extra lines and add petals to every intersection to create bunched flowers......
Use 3 lines and add petals to every intersection to create a fuller effect.....
Really so many options I could keep going all day! Want to see a video? Here it is:
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Have a great day!


  1. That's nifty, and your explanation gives hope of achieving a result that isn't just a tangled mess!

  2. What a great idea! Now we can add the grid string to our pattern testing templates. The results look absolutely gorgeous, Helen!

  3. I love this! Thanks for yet another wonderful idea to play with.

  4. Helen, you've done it again! I just LOVE, love, love what you've done with this String Grid. And, you've given those of us who are creatively challenged some extra options and ideas. I love getting your emails because your style is so special. Great work and thank you for such a generous spirit … Robby

  5. Wonderful demonstration on what looks to be a great tangle. Thanks for sharing.

  6. I love this 😍 thanks so much for sharing

  7. Absolutely gorgeous idea and nice that we can "fill" with so many different tangles. I'm gonna join Adele's challenge to try out this very special string!!! Thank you for sharing.

  8. I love your work and eagerly look forward to every new email from you. I particularly like the strings and flowers. I very often use the strings and flowers to decorate the back of a special card for family and close friends.

  9. I missed this when it came out. So glad I found it today. Can't wait to try it.


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