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How to draw HITCH

Zentangle pattern: Hitch. 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.Monday greetings to you, I hope you are staying safe and healthy. We are all doing the best we can under the circumstances.

How very strange to have Passover and Easter this week with everything else going on …

For a change of pace the last few days I’ve been busy sewing up “face coverings” (masks). Aside from the odd mending job, I haven’t sewn anything in years. Once I relearned how to properly thread my roughly 50-year-old dependable basic old Singer, making the masks was a breeze. And an enjoyable change of activity. I used a 600-thread count Pima cotton fitted sheet that somehow managed to be rendered otherwise useless because of a tear in it. I even trimmed off the casing and unpicked all the stitching to preserve the elastic. Felt quite virtuous. 😉

The fitted face mask pattern I used is here. It is very easy to do with an excellent detailed tutorial, and the important caution that these are NOT medical quality but a useful personal protection if and when you must go out in public. {A pattern and tutorial for the more common pleated version is here. I plan to make a couple of these next**, I figure everyone needs a face mask wardrobe 😉 } Sewers everywhere are busy making masks for their local medical facilities, not for front-line use but for the rest of the hospital personnel who also need some form of personal protection. It’s a beautiful thing.

** Having now made both versions of the masks, I have to say I much prefer the fit of the pleated version to the fitted one. The fitted one seems small, the pleated version pulls down over your chin much better.

So, today we have Hitch to play with.

Hitch is an amazingly! versatile, and so simple tangle from West Virginia tangler Beth Snoderly.

Beth has bunches of tangles on the site, be sure to check them out. She writes,

Hitch came from a tie pattern I saw some guy wearing in a restaurant. I am amazed where I now find tangle patterns! You just need to pay attention to your surroundings and they pop up everywhere.

Hitch is basically small squares with a peg like a circle in the center of each square.

Then each square is connected to a different square with a string or tie of some kind.

I used a straight line, an s curve, two lines that make it look like safety pins, etc.

After you’ve given Beth’s original Hitch a spin and want to do some exploring, it’s a fun challenge to see how many different ways you can come up with to make the connections after Step 2. It’s like a puzzle. On a larger scale you can make the Hitches look like stitches by applying the Laced technique to it. And then there are all the ways to connect on the diagonal, like these two for example …

Beth illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Hitch below where she’s also created a monotangle with several easy variations to explore. Hitch creates an interesting texture on your tile.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Hitch, tangle and deconstruction by Beth Snoderly. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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3 comments to How to draw HITCH

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Love the Lionel Ritchie/Charmin coronavirus ad!!

    A doctor who was on YouTube a day or so ago said the homemade masks are fine, but to “Please, please NOT rely on them to protect yourself completely! Cotton is just so porous, there is no way it can protect perfectly.”Then I read that putting a coffee filter–an ordinary one, the kind used in drip coffeemakers–into a pocket between two layers of fabric (making a special pocket in the mask, that is) would work quite well to just go shopping, etc. Not medical grade, in other words, but workable for the rest of us.

    • Linda Farmer, CZT

      Thanks for the mask info Joyce, there certainly is plenty of advice around now.

      And yes as I mentioned above, none of these homemade masks are medical grade.

      I lined mine with 100% cotton tshirt material. The fitted mask pattern has a pocket so you can add a filter, also the ability to add a piece of wire to make it fit the nose closely.

      But mostly – we plan to NEVER go out unless we absolutely gotta-must until it’s safe to do so. And we’ll be a little better protected when we do.

      • Linda Farmer, CZT

        ** Having now made both versions of the masks, I have to say I much prefer the fit of the pleated version to the fitted one. The fitted one seems small, the pleated version pulls down over your chin much better.

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