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How to draw LACEE

Zentangle pattern: LaceeHappy April 1st, everyone! Wow, the first quarter of 2015 is history and Easter’s coming up this weekend …

Today’s simple, pretty tangle Lacee is from Ohio tangler Susan Hodel. Sue lives in “Vermilion, Ohio, a small boating town on the shore of Lake Erie.”

A Small Town on a Great Lake“, Vermilion reads like an idyllic spot.

Vermilion, Ohio is the crowning jewel of the south shore of Lake Erie. From quaint shops to fine dining, the arts, entertainment and unmatched festivities, Vermilion truly has it all. Be reminded of a simpler time when an afternoon at the beach, a hand-dipped ice cream cone and a stroll along Main Street made your day special. … This enchanting little town has always been a sea side community with New England style atmosphere. This is the kind of town that still has a working soda fountain, a town square and summer concerts on the green. People here actually sit on their front porches on a summer evening. Visiting boats are not only welcomed, they are an important part of the ambiance of what locals call ‘Harbour Town.’

If you’re at all familiar with the South shores of Lake Erie in the winter, it’s a little early in the year for an afternoon at the beach. But having just spent some time on their site, Vermilion looks like a lovely place to visit in warmer weather …

Sue writes that Laceereminds me of the intricate lace tablecloths my grandmother use to crochet for my mother’s dining table.

I started tangling when my husband was going through Chemo therapy for cancer at The Mercy Cancer Center in Elyria, OH. The Social Worker there was offering classes and said how relaxing and meditative the process of creating tangles can be. I decided to give it a try and am now hooked. We even talked my husband into joining our monthly group of tanglers. He feels that tangling has helped with the neuropathy in his hands. What a bonus!”

Lacee is similar to CZT Margaret Bremner’s Ninja Stars, but Lacee is drawn a totally different way that’s very fluid. And it’s lace-like in result. 😉 As you draw the strokes in Steps 2 and 3, keep in mind you need to leave enough space in the curve to add the dot, and aim to cross the grid stroke midway for nice even Lacee curves.

Lest you are tempted to rush the Steps, “Remember that Zentangle is a mindful process, not a picture-drawing race against time. Savor each stroke!” (Quoting myself from How to draw SPRIGS.)

Sue illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Lacee here and shows it in a simple monotangle.

Zentangle pattern: Lacee

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9 comments to How to draw LACEE

  • Susan Lowe

    Thrilled to see a featured pattern from someone who’s almost a neighbor…and I can attest that Vermilion is a lovely in person as it is on their website! Just had to respond to this because I’ve taken classes from the CZT Susan referenced in her note- and she lives in my hometown! 🙂

    • Susan Hodel

      Vikki is a wonderful teacher, always to upbeat and so personable. We have a nice little group that meets once a month that I always look forward to attending. Happily tangling in Vermilion.

  • Betsey youngs

    I first saw this on the small screen of my phone and thought it was Cadent. But, April Fool! When I enlarged it it’s much different!

  • Emily Shelton

    This is so delicate and looks simple. Can’t wait to give it a try.

  • Tracy McDonald

    Very nicely done. I just love crocheting lace. Now I can tangle it too.

    • Melena

      Oh yes Tracy! I agree with you about crocheting lace. And this tangle is so much fun to do. Simple and elegant and so many possibilities for tangelation.

      Susan, thank you for this very nice tangle.

  • Clarice Armstrong

    I LOVE this one! Simple and elegant, and a name I can remember!
    Thank You

  • Ellen Guffey

    Love this! Am always interested in new ones.

  • Sharon Wrench

    So pretty yet so simple. This will be a new favorite!

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