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How to draw LENCHE

Zentangle pattern: Lenche. Image © Linda Farmer and 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.Today’s lovely Lenche tangle is from Swedish tangler Anita Aspfors Westin and it’s her second on the site.

The inspiration for this tangle comes from an unusual object and Anita tells us about it and the name for her Lenche tangle:

“I have spent a lot of time with our puppy in the TV-sofa, since we have had so much noise in our house from a Plummer and an electrician who are doing heavy work here. This is what came out.

I call it Lenche after our puppy´s Hungarian name. But the inspiration came from something else!

When I was young I sewed most of my clothes myself. And I used pins with a little glass tip on (still available). When I bought them at that time, they came  pinned on a round piece of cardboard. They were pinned in circles and I liked the way it looked very much.  The pins are still common and still working very well but nowadays they come in small plastic boxes!”

We had those dressmaking pins here too Anita, I was checking around and see they also come in a fancier presentation. I too used to sew all my own clothes decades ago when decent fabric and patterns didn’t cost the earth — and time was more plentiful. I do miss having stray pins all over the floor and the ironing board permanently set up in the living room 😉

Lenche has lots of possibilities both as a ribbon or border tangle or to fill a section of your Zentangle® tile.

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

On flickr, look for this arrow in the lower right corner of your screen to download the steps.

Anita illustrates how to draw it here on her flickr account and she features Lenche in a pretty monotangle.

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7 comments to How to draw LENCHE

  • I love this pattern, however, it seems that the only way I can print the stepouts is to either create a Flickr account or create a Yahoo account. I do not want any more accounts so I am unable to print the stepouts. Is there a way to get them without creating these accounts? I am pretty technologically-resistent, so it could be that I’m just not getting it. If that is the case, I apologize for my ignorance, but still need help.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Hi Maureen, you do need an account to download the original images. However there are a couple of ways of getting around it. The first is to download one of my free templates (visit the DOWNLOADS tab on the menu bar at the top of any page) and draw the steps yourself – it’s the best way to learn. However if you’re pressed for time the other solution is to take a screen capture of the image and if you don’t know how to do that, remember that Google is your friend 🙂
      If anyone has another solution, please chip in!
      Hope that helps …

  • This is a delightful tangle, Anita! I will enjoy drawing it and thinking of your puppy when I do. 😉

  • Deborah Blair

    Very Pretty!

  • Kathy Hinshaw

    This looks very interesting. I remember those pins, too, and I also still use them when I’m quilting.
    Thanks for the tangle, I look forward to playing with it this evening!

  • Melissa Fuhrman

    I am digging “floral” type patterns right now and I cannot wait to try this beautiful one!

  • Martha

    I loved those dressmaker pins, too. They had glass heads instead of plastic. One time I happened on a set that had heads with swirled colors rather than solid colors. There may still be a few of those in my pin dish.

    Thanks for the tangle pattern. I look forward to trying it!

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