Monday, June 6, 2011


My sister-in-law, Karen, who is a wonderful quilter has once again given me inspiration for another tangle pattern.  She does this without even knowing it.  In an earlier post from last week, SEE HERE, I talked about it being her and her husband, Pete's 50th wedding anniversary for which I made a Zentangle Inspired Art piece.  At that party she gave everyone a hot-pad that she made from her various scraps of material.  She has been making hot pads for years, and I am lucky enough to get some every Christmas, so I haven't bought a hot pad in years.  Well, looking at the hot pad my daughter Lindsay picked out for her new apartment this year, I noticed this fan pattern and thought it would make a cool tangle.  Karen doesn't know that her work was also the inspiration for one of my earlier tangles, ECHO, SHOWN HERE.  I will be letting her know today and I will be looking through my other hot pads....who knows there may be more tangle patterns there.

Fanfeather is a really basic, simple pattern, but it can be used in so many ways and variations (different directions, as a border, etc.)  It kind of looks like a branch when the stems are wider, and a feather when the stems are thinner. In the directions, I made them wider to see them better.  It definitely looks very organic.  Hope you enjoy it!

Here's my inspiration, the directions, and a tile with it included.  (Click on instructions to enlarge.  Also note:  1-3 are the steps and 4-6 are different ways to use it)


  1. Ooh! I missed this lovely tangle! Thank goodness, for Geneviève Crabe's weekly roundup of tangles!

  2. Oooo, I really like this! Do you think you could make this picture bigger? I actually haven't created a tangle yet, I just bought my pens and still need to find a gridded notebook to write my pattern instructions in, but I'd love to try this one, but I'm having a hard time seeing this.

  3. Maggie,

    Just click on the tangle page and it will open up to full size for printing. Hope that helps. Sue