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Zentangle pattern: Jesterstick. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. You may use this image for your personal non-commercial reference only. The unauthorized pinning, reproduction or distribution of this copyrighted work is illegal.Two weeks from today we’ll be enjoying our Christmas Day festivities honoring The Reason for the season.

In the meantime we’ll keep tangling and stay calm …

Canadian CZT Bunny Wright shares her Jesterstick tangle with us today, and with it an interesting story about how the Jester has been part of her life for many years.

“I came up with this pattern a while back and I thought it looked festive and ‘Christmassy’ …

The name is self-explanatory I think, because it is a stick shape and looks like a jester’s hat. Incidentally, I also looked up what a jester’s stick is called and it is called a ‘marotte’ from the French meaning a bauble or craze. I think I’ll stick to Jesterstick! LOL

I also name it in honour of our son, Steve who is a music teacher, musician and performer who lives on the Sunshine Coast of British Columbia. When he was a little guy, he performed for us and I would often say that he’d be on the stage one day and he is. The first Cub Scout badge he earned was, ‘Entertainer’ and it was a picture of a jester’s head. He worked at a local restaurant before he went off to college and his nickname there was ‘Jester’ He even performed under that name for a while. So there you have it, ‘Jesterstick’!

I’ve showed it as a border also, and I’m sure many variations can be found when drawing it.

Thanks so much for your wonderful ‘library’ of so many great patterns.

Zentangle is an important and cherished part of my life.”

Curious, I had to find out a little more about marottes and this is from Wikipedia,

A marotte is a prop stick or sceptre with a carved head on it. Jesters usually used a marotte. The word is borrowed from the French, where it signifies either a fool’s (literal) “bauble”, or a fad/craze.

Typically carried by a jester or harlequin, the miniature head will often reflect the costume of the jester who carries it. Modern marottes typically have music boxes or other machinery built into the head. Older marottes may utilize swivel heads with bells.

Bunny’s ribbon or border-style tangle is easy to tangle and get into the flow creating the simple repeating shapes.

Bunny illustrates the step-by-step instructions for tangling Jesterstick below and featuring it in three festively pretty Zentangle tiles along with a couple of suggestions for variations.

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