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How to draw FAID

Zentangle pattern: Faid. Image © Linda Farmer and TanglePatterns.com. 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. https://tanglepatterns.com/2020/09/how-to-draw-faid.htmlWelcome to another week of fun and creative tangles on this, the last day of Summer 2020. One for the books.

So much is happening in our social and political lives these days. It’s head-spinning and wearying, and worrying. Frankly, I’m feeling quite worn out by it all and I suspect I’m not alone in this “disaster fatigue” phenomenon. But …

Super easy tangle to the rescue!

Faid is a ribbon-style tangle from Belgian CZT Rita Nikolajeva and it’s her fifth on the site. Of course I enjoy them all, but I think Borbz has been my personal fave.

Faid not only works great as a ribbon but it’s also a cool background tangle when the ribbons are placed side-by-side as Rita demonstrates.

She notes,

I call it Faid (for First Aid), because it looks like first-aid gauze 🙂

Okay, who knew something as simple as gauze would have a fascinating story behind it !?

According to Wikipedia:

Gauze is a thin, translucent fabric with a loose open weave. In technical terms “gauze” is a weave structure in which the weft yarns are arranged in pairs and are crossed before and after each warp yarn keeping the weft firmly in place. This weave structure is used to add stability to fabric, which is important when using fine yarns loosely spaced.

Gauze was traditionally woven in Palestine. The English word is said to derive from the place name for Gaza, a center of weaving in the region. Despite a prohibition on trade with non-Christians from religious authorities in medieval Europe, a fine type of silk known as gazzatum was imported from Gaza as early as the 13th century. Though members of religious orders in Europe were forbidden to wear it, the fabric won a place for itself and emerged into modern life as gauze.

Gauze was originally made of silk and was used for clothing. It is now used for many different things, including gauze sponges for medical purposes. When used as a medical dressing, gauze is generally made of cotton. It is especially useful for dressing wounds where other fabrics might stick to the burn or laceration.

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

My example of Faid is one of the variations Rita demonstrates with her steps illustration. Her sample tile shows ribbons of Faid overlapping each other using the technique we first saw in CZT® Mary Elizabeth Martin’s tangle Laced.

Rita illustrates the step-by-step instructions for drawing tangle here on flickr where she’s known as terem.

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Everyone is invited to submit patterns, you do not need to be a CZT. However, in order for patterns to be considered for TanglePatterns.com you must submit them to me by email. Here's how:

For details on how to submit your pattern for consideration visit the SUBMIT YOUR PATTERN page on the top menu bar of any page on the site. On that menu you will find these two pages:

    1. How to submit your pattern deconstruction to TanglePatterns, and
    2. Why hasn't my pattern been published?

The first page includes instructions on how to prepare and send your file. It also includes a link to this PDF submission form - NOTE: be sure to right click the link to download the file. I've recently updated the form with more information so if you have an old copy, you might like to download the current edition.

When your examples include additional tangles from the site, please list them in your email. (This saves my memory some wear and tear.)

If your pattern is posted on your blog, be sure your email submission includes the direct URL so I can link to it.

And remember, to quote Zentangle's co-founders Rick and Maria: tangles should be "magical, simple and easy to create", non-objective patterns of repetitive strokes that are easy to teach and offer a high degree of success to tanglers of all ages.

"Keep the tangles as little like 'drawing something' as possible."

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