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Additions and corrections to Linda’s List

With the helpful input of CZT® Mimi Lempart, here are 13 additional “official” tangle patterns and a couple of corrections. “Linda’s List” has been updated with this information.

Corrections first.

  1. Perfs is not a pattern, it is one of several “tanglenhancers”. Currently these are aura, perfs, sparkle, shading, rounding and dewdrop. And as Mimi points out in her comment on the List page, you can learn all of these from a CZT®.
  2. Frondous was spelled incorrectly. (Would you believe typo? Nah.)

Additions! All as-yet-unpublished.

  1. Chainging
  2. Dyon
  3. Enyshou
  4. Façade
  5. Festune
  6. Fracas
  7. Hazen
  8. Orlique
  9. Patena
  10. Scarabou
  11. Scena
  12. Snail
  13. Tidings

Many thanks to Mimi for helping me keep this list accurate, even as she’s digging out from a double snow-storm in Massachusetts.

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16 comments to Additions and corrections to Linda’s List

  • When can we find the how-to’s of the new additions on tanglepattern.com?
    Tangle greetz from Ellen Wolters

    • Linda Farmer

      Hi Ellen, as soon as any of the how-to’s are published online they will be added to TanglePatterns. Have you considered contacting Jella Verelst in Belgium to take one of her classes? Or, you can come to the US to take the certification seminar so you can learn them all 🙂

  • dearest Linda, all those courses and trips to foreign countries are much too expensive for me. Tangle greetz from Ellen Wolters

    • Linda Farmer

      I totally understand Ellen, I think we’re all affected by the world’s slow economy but let’s choose positive thoughts for better times ahead. One of my favorite quotes is “Thoughts become things, choose the good ones!” – Copyright © Totally Unique Thoughts (TUT Enterprises, Inc.).
      And until you are able to travel, stay tuned to TanglePatterns!

  • I sure will, you can count on me! 🙂

  • Emily Shelton

    I have a couple of silly questions about perfs.

    First – When I see Rick and Maria’s video on perfs, she is drawing a oval shape object that has orbs set within bands. Almost everywhere I see the reference to perfs, I see that oval shape object. But the perfs are simply those orbs and bands, right?

    Second – when creating a monotangle, can you add perfs and other enhancers?

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Emily,
      First question – the tangle you refer to is PURK, not perfs.

      Perfs are a tangle enhancer with origins in medieval manuscript decoration where letters and so on were highlighted by surrounding them with “pearl-like” dots to embellish them. I suppose you could consider perfs a type of aura around a tangle. As Maria coaches, however, do not rush Perfs. Take your time and enjoy them, and like orbs (or bubbles), make them beautiful.

      Second question – why not, it’s your art. 🙂

      {Edit} More about perfs – think of many small “holes” in a row – like perforations. Knowing how Rick and Maria have fun naming things, I’m guessing this is where “perfs” came from.

      Hope that helps!

  • Rosemary Turpin

    Well the term “perfs” could also come from stamp collecting or philately, my last great love. That`s what they call those things around the edges of stamps – and if even one is missing or damaged, the price goes down. That`s one reason I switched to Zentangling!

  • Linda

    Rosemary – did you grow up in Lachine, Quebec?

  • Emily Shelton

    Oh, duh – purk and perfs. Gotta crank up my hearing aid I guess! Thanks for the clarification.

  • DeniseC

    Um, Linda? Chainging is published on the net… on TanglePatterns, in fact! 😉

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Denise, you’re right but this post is from February 3, 2011 (see the date and tag info bar directly above where comments begin) so the info is now well out of date.

  • Rosemary Turpin

    Hi, Linda,
    Well I grew up in Dorval but went to Lachine High School from 1959-63. Do we know each other? My name has stayed the same, but yours might not have done so! Cheers, Rosemary

  • Rosemary Turpin

    I used to be interested in, and even do, some medieval illumination with calligraphy, but I never heard the term “perf” then – maybe I just didn`t go deeply enough into it. I am certainly familiar with the various curlicues and embellishments around things – I just didn`t know they had names! 🙂

  • DeniseC

    Oops! Sorry, Linda.

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