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How to draw CHECHAIN

Zentangle pattern: Chechain. Image © Linda Farmer and All rights reserved.Chechain is an interesting and unusual tangle from Australian Lila Popcheff who shared her X tangle with us some time ago.

Very often I have strange coincidences happen to me (or maybe it’s just me who considers them odd). In any case …

Later in the evening after I drew my Chechain example, Robert and I were binge-watching episodes of one of our favorite TV series The Closer. And there in one of the scenes I spotted Chechain wallpaper! I was so surprised to see the pattern I’d just been working on that we paused and rewound, and I snapped this shot of the TV screen. What are the odds??

TV screen snapshot from a scene in The Closer, with Chechain wallpaper pattern

TV screen snapshot from a scene in The Closer, with Chechain-like wallpaper pattern

I’ve no idea if this is what inspired Lila, however abstract wallpaper and carpets patterns do occasionally inspire a tangle or two …

Look for this arrow in the lower right corner of your screen on flickr to download the steps.

Look for this arrow in the lower right corner of your screen on flickr to download the steps.

Lila illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Chechain here on flickr where she shows a wide range of possible variations for her tangle, including starting with either a double or single line version at Step 1.

Check out the tag lilap for more of Lila’s tangles on


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3 comments to How to draw CHECHAIN

  • Jan Brandt, CZT XII, Reno, NV, USA

    I love this tangle, Lila! I also very much enjoyed browsing through your Flickr photostream. You are very inventive! And Linda … what a fun coincidence! I too have many photos of hotel carpets for tangling inspiration. 🙂

  • Susan M.

    I’d say that was a pretty odd coincidence!

  • Hi Linda, Thanks so much for adding Chechain to your collection on TanglePatterns. There was no particular inspiration for me, just a series of lines and diamonds and the rest followed (I rarely watch television and have not seen The Closer – I don’t even know if we get it here lol). I revisited this pattern in May of this year (2015). I don’t post regularly on Flickr any more, however you may find both versions with some examples of my work on my blog – Thanks again 🙂

    Thanks Jan – I hope you find some time to test it out for yourself.

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