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Tangle Pattern Tags

Until now the only tags I’ve used on TanglePatterns.com are those of the pattern creator or artist’s name. But as I wrote on the How to Use This Site page, my plan original plan was to eventually add tags related to the style of the pattern, “circles, dots, spirals, natural, 3D, and so on”.

It’s time to add more tags to the patterns.

In our discussion on the Organize Your Patterns page, the subject of how to categorize tangle patterns became a strong thread and contributor Suzanne asked if I planned to add more tags to the site. That inquiry prompted this post to launch a separate discussion about tags. It will be very useful for me to get your thoughts.

Some of the suggestions in that discussion so far have included these:

  • grids, circles (Karen)
  • organic, geometric (Jill E)
  • grids, stripes, circles, ziggy, loopy, squares, triangles, *agons (auntiemichal)
  • type, style, use, complexity, and???? (Suzanne)

So, let’s have your suggestions for tags that you’d find useful to search and sort patterns on the site. Just leave a comment!

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11 comments to Tangle Pattern Tags

  • Jill Easterday

    A density rating would be helpful, but oh-such-a-pain to do!

  • Karen

    The beauty of tags is that one tangle can be found from different directions. It can be the author, style, or type. “Flutter” would have tags like SandyB, grid, and organic (to me it looks like flowers or butterflies). Of course it will quite the job to come up with all the tags that can be used, good luck with that and thanks!

  • I don’t do tangles in the traditional style (with several pens & pencils). Some patterns just don’t work for me because they rely on shading to bring it out. So I’d like to see a tag for shaded/monochrome or something like that.

  • Deb

    Maybe backgrounds isn’t the best description..but some patterns better lend themselves to filling in small areas of background than others..I find myself looking for these kinds of patterns quite often. Hope that helps

  • Might I suggest ‘concentration level’ – some tangles are simple, thus ‘low concentration level’; some tangles require more focus, thus ‘high concentration level’; and of course everything in between is ‘medium concentration level.’ Using a loose leaf binder, my tangle collection is organized by concentration level from low to high. My table of contents lists them in alpha order.

    • Linda Farmer

      Thanks Donna. As a rookie, I’d probably make them all “high concentration”. 🙂

      I’m starting to think I should ask folks to leave their suggestions for tags within the comments of each pattern. That would help share the decision-making for me. I admit that I haven’t started to do these yet, because I’m still contemplating which ones to use!

      I do appreciate your input, it’s a very good suggestion.

  • Alys

    “3D optical illusion” would be a useful tag – I stole the idea from you 🙂 from this page:

    • Linda Farmer

      Thanks Alys, I’ve been pretty lax in tagging patterns other than the obvious ones like grids. Too many decisions! Will make an effort to be better at that, but any time anyone has a tag suggestion for a pattern, feel free to say so in the pattern’s comments.

  • ruth

    I do mine by types such as square, circles, leaves, floral, boarders, geometric etc. Sometimes I file one in more than one location as we all know many can have very different looking variations.

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