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How to draw BOUCLE

Zentangle pattern: Boucle. 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.Canadian CZT Cherryl Moote shares her Boucle (boo-clay) tangle with us today, and it’s her second on the site.

It is a wave and I call it Boucle (without an accent because that is too hard on an English keyboard).

Boucle was inspired by the Zentangle®-original tangle Printemps as Cherryl notes, “The spiral nature of the tangle Printemps makes it one of my favourites. I can literally sit and draw it for hours, using it to fill in spaces while I calm my mind.

Fabric artists will be very familiar with bouclé:

Bouclé is both a yarn and a fabric made from it.

The yarn is made from a length of loops of similar size which can range from tiny circlets to large curls. To make bouclé, at least two strands are combined, with the tension on one strand being much looser than the other as it is being plied, with the loose strand forming the loops and the other strand as the anchor.

Bouclé is also the name of the fabric made from this type of yarn, especially fabric that maintains the looped appearance.

Bouclé in the process of being spun. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

And a closeup of bouclé fabric,

Bouclé fabric, 70% wool, 25% acrylic, 5% nylon. 1st decade 21st century. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

When you tangle Boucle its yin and yang, black-white suggestion is hard to miss so I filled in half of each motif. And a string of pearls seemed a fun way to Boucle. I even tried Boucle in an inked grid and that works well too, as does using some rounding in the pointy bits. Several ways to vary this tangle.

Cherryl illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Boucle here on her blog where she also shows a square variation and Boucle in a circle or as a border. Click on the steps image for the large version.

Linda’s Hot Computer Tip: It’s not actually difficult at all to type the letter é. In Windows you simply hold down the ALT key while typing the number sequence 0233 – you can find all the “ALT keyboard sequences” for special characters by simply googling “how to type special characters”. For instance, ALT 0174 (®), or ALT 0169 (©). It doesn’t take long for the ones you use all the time to become engraved in your memory. No excuses. Ask Google anything and you shall find …

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