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How to draw NEMOW

Zentangle pattern: Nemow. 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 Friday, my dear tangling friends!!

I begin to get anxious when it’s been a while since we’ve shared a a grid tangle 😉 so imagine my delight when UK CZT Chrissie Frampton sent along her Nemow tangle.

She writes,

Here is what I remember of how it came to be.

The pattern Nemow was inspired by something I saw in the film Little Women which we watched at the cinema with family at Christmas.

As it was six months ago I’m not sure which part of the film it was, the decor or costumes! I may have to get the DVD and watch it again.

Nemow is Women backwards.

Little Women, the film, was based on the novel written in the late 1800’s by Louisa May Alcott:

Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888) which was originally published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869. Alcott wrote the book over several months at the request of her publisher.

The story follows the lives of the four March sisters — Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy — and details their passage from childhood to womanhood. It is loosely based on the lives of the author and her three sisters. Scholars classify it as an autobiographical or semi-autobiographical novel.

Little Women was an immediate commercial and critical success, with readers demanding to know more about the characters. Alcott quickly completed a second volume (titled Good Wives in the United Kingdom, although this name originated from the publisher and not from Alcott), and it was also successful. The two volumes were issued in 1880 as a single novel titled Little Women. ~ Wikipedia

It’s been (quite a few) decades since I read the novel, Chrissie has prompted my interest in seeing the film …

Nemow the tangle is somewhat similar to CZT Sandy Hunter’s Merryweather and yet not quite the same. Chrissie shows a wide variety of interesting ways to explore it. Once you have the basic structure of Nemow down, so many possibilities present themselves and my example is different from the ones Chrissie demonstrates. Have fun with this one!

Chrissie illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing Nemow below where she includes examples of variations as well as four tiles showing but a few ways to play with this tangle.

How to draw the Zentangle pattern Nemow, tangle and deconstruction by Chrissie Frampton. Image copyright the artist and used with permission, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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10 comments to How to draw NEMOW

  • Joyce Blodgett

    Love how easy a pattern this is to draw! I usually avoid grid-type tangles, just not being able to get my hand to work with my brain as to where everything “should” be, but this one proved to be very easy.

    “Little Women” is, along with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books, my favorite story (and genre) to read (as are all the books Ms. Alcott wrote in that series), and even at the age of 67, I have it downloaded onto my Kindle, and enjoy reading it at least once a year. It’s a written version of “comfort food,” as I think of it, but without all the angst eating too much can bring 🙂

  • Vera Fernandes

    Thank you for Nemow, I love Little Women and introduced my granddaughters, and they love it to. I’m not very good with grids, however, this grid tangle works wonders. Thank you for taking the time and telling a little history of how the tangle came to be.

  • Jennifer

    Love this pattern!

  • Frances (Bunny) Wright

    I really like how this pattern develops, fun to draw and lots of variations possible…thanks Chrissie and Linda for another winner!

  • Chrissie Frampton

    Thank you Linda for adding it to Tangle Patterns. Thank you also to Vera and Joyce for your comments.

  • Jenn Brayton

    I rarely use grids but the wonderful name made me grab a pen and a tile and get to work using Nemow – I immediately saw the XX chromosome in the grid while I was inking and had a great chuckle 🙂

    Many thanks for the great grid tangle and lovely backstory to the name!

  • Tomas Padros Cruz

    Great fragment. I definitely think the arrangement I like the most is the one that sequences the main motif symmetrically. But, other than Nemow, the example black hexagon center is a marvel. Formed by triangles with one half aureated and the other in radiation. Optical tangle that works in grid of triangles and ribbon. You can now name it if you haven’t already done so and I haven’t found out.

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