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Zentangle pattern: Feeling Knotty. 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.Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Today we’re adding Canadian CZT Cherryl Moote’s Feeling Knotty, a tangle inspired by Celtic knot-work. This is Cherryl’s first tangle on the site.

And as it’s St. Patrick’s Day, I morphed one of her variations into a shamrock-like version!

Cherryl is located in Toronto, Ontario, and according to her CZT profile and her blog:

“Cherryl Moote is an artist actively pursuing interests in bookbinding, calligraphy, Zentangle®, paper crafts, beading and fibre arts. She has written a number of instructional books about bookbinding, paper crafting and creativity.

Cherryl teaches for guilds, stores and interest groups and she has been an instructor and lecture presentor at the international calligraphy conventions many times since 2001.”

Cherryl writes,

Long before Zentangle, way back in the early 80s, one of the ways I relaxed was to draw Celtic knots. … They’ve become second nature to me but I know they aren’t for many of you. So, as we head into the ‘Irish’ month I want to share a knotting process that really simplifies the process.

Celtic knot-work is usually a gray/grey area when it comes to whether a pattern qualifies as a tangle, and generally they don’t. Usually they are a complex series of steps (not “magical, simple and easy to create“) and often begin with a pencil structure, which as we well know is not Zentangle®. As I’ve noted in the past, “Celtic knots are not usually tangles because they are too complex to ‘be drawn as a tangle’, often requiring planning, penciled guidelines and erasures.”

When Cherryl posted her pattern I really wasn’t sure about it but I enjoyed her videos and she made them appear simple enough. Having practiced a bit, I’ve decided to go with it. But it will take a good while before they become second nature to me.

About St. Patrick’s Day and the shamrock:

Saint Patrick’s Day is observed on 17 March, the supposed date of his death.

Legend credits St. Patrick with teaching the Irish about the doctrine of the Holy Trinity by showing people the shamrock, a three-leafed plant, using it to illustrate the Christian teaching of three persons in one God. … The shamrock has since become a central symbol for St Patrick’s Day. ~ Wikipedia

[[Am I the only one who’s creeped out when people refer to St. Patrick as St. Paddy? It feels so disrespectful to me. (St. Auggy? Pope Pauly? Pope Johnny?  ^shiver^ ) Just wondering.]]

Cherryl illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Feeling Knotty, and two pretty variations she calls Simply Knotty and Extra Knotty here on her blog where she includes an excellent video for each one and lovely examples on Zentangle tiles as well as the steps for you to download.

More tangles celebrating the “Luck o’ the Irish” can be found on the site here: Sh’rock (technicality: four-leaf clover, not a shamrock) by CZT Diane Lachance, Sláinte by Kate McIlreavy, Lukiline by CZT Mary Masi, and Lucky by CZT Adele Bruno.

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Check out the tag cherrylm for more of Cherryl’s tangles on

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9 comments to How to draw FEELING KNOTTY

  • Sharon Jerkovic

    Hello Linda,

    Just left a comment on Cherryl’s website.Her videos are amazing. I have always loved Celtics art…
    Thank you so much for introducing on your Zentangle site.
    Sharon Jerkovic

  • Joyce Blodgett

    What a great way to simplify drawing Celtic knots! Even I can follow these easy instructions, though it’ll be some time before I get even close to Cherryl’s gorgeous quality of drawing.

  • Linda

    Hi Linda,
    I want to thank you for the amazing example of “feeling knotty”! WOW!!! I am now inspired by what you have created, but probably not until I have an abundance of patience….lol

    I really enjoy your newsletter, Linda. Great work and wonderful lessons.

    Have a wonderful day! Linda Harber

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks Linda, delighted you are enjoying the site and feeling inspired 🙂 Have fun and give it a go! Cheers and best, Linda

  • Love your simple way of doing knots. Will have to have some practice play with this one, but loving it.

  • Hi Linda, no you’re not the only one disturbed by the use of St. “Paddy’s”… for sure! Good on you for mentioning it!

    Sadelle, CZT 7

  • Dawn

    I’d like to learn how to draw FEELING KNOTTY. I went to the page called How to draw FEELING KNOTTY but there are no step-outs or other instructions. Am I missing something? Thank you.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      You need to read the post – all the information you need to get the steps is explained on the page when you take a moment to read it 🙂

  • Brenda DeBock

    What cool stepouts forFeeling Knotty. I’m actually able to do them.

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