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How to draw STITCH

Zentangle pattern: StitchIt has taken me a little while to figure out how to present this tangle pattern. Here’s why …

Karry Heun submitted her Stitch tangle to me in March and it’s been in my “give it a go” file for a while. Two months after I received Karry’s tangle, Damy (Mei Hua Teng) submitted the same pattern with a different name and several variations.

Because I received Karry’s first I’m going with Stitch, her tangle name. And since Damy’s steps include several cool variations and clever ways to use the pattern, hers are being included too. As Damy is a quilter I’m sure she’ll be happy with the name too. Stitch is really a tangleation, or variation, of CZT Mary Elizabeth Martin’s Laced tangle from way-back-when in May 2010. Laced was among the first patterns I added to the site.

Karry has contributed several great tangles to our resource including one of my favorites, Palrevo. About Stitch she writes, “I thought this would be a fun one. I use it along strings to make the 2 sides look woven together.

In Zentangle® the penciled string is intended to disappear magically into your art and you’ll notice that Maria Thomas’s beautiful Zentangles are this way. Rarely will you find an obvious string in Maria’s Zentangle art. However, occasionally you may want to emphasize a shape or a line with a ribbon-type of tangle and Stitch is another one of those tangles you can use for that purpose.

Here are Karry’s steps and her Zentangle featuring Stitch. It’s a little tricky at first as you have to get the spacing right so Step 3 doesn’t run into one big blob, but a couple of practice runs should get you sorted. BTW, steps for Karry’s tangle in the upper left of her example are in the works, stay tuned.

How to draw STITCH by Karry Heun

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Now that you’ve seen Karry’s steps you can see why Damy named her pattern Ououo — it’s created with O and U strokes. Here are Damy’s steps and variations.

Damy's variations of STITCH

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Damy also sent along two examples of the tangle. She writes that this circular one is her husband and daughter’s favorite. It includes the official tangles Fescu and Crescent Moon.

Damy's example of Stitch (Ououo)

And this Zentangle truly displays its function as a Stitch! I used this idea for my example.

Damy's example of Stitch (Ououo)

Very clever tangle pattern and our thanks to both ladies for sharing.

Check out the tag karryh for more of Karry’s patterns, and meihuat for more of Damy’s patterns on

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