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The Zentangle® Method, created by Maria Thomas and Rick Roberts, is an easy to learn, fun and relaxing way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns.

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Diva's Challenge #323: Home

This week the Diva challenged us to "create a tile that reflects your home". Home. Hmm. As a former ex-pat, I identified with Josephine Baker: "J'ai deux amours. Mon pays et Paris." (Well, France, not just Paris.) Home was France, for 12 years, until I married Lar and settled here in the US, now 20 years ago. My bi-continental notion of home was making this week's challenge, well, a challenge.
Then I remembered my invitation to our neighborhood's Fourth of July parade, which began "E pluribus unum, out of many, one." Our tiny neighborhood of 62 homes, boasts neighbors from all over the world who live side by side and put on parades and games for the little ones,  potlucks and book clubs for the older ones and generally look out for each other. It is my home, as of almost a year now. On a larger scale, it represents the symbol of the US, the melting pot. And on a still larger scale, it is my dream for our planet.
I had been practicing Pea-nuckle, a tangle that had its own challenges for me. It seemed to fit the bill for this idea of home. Each stitch is a whole, yet dependent on other stitches to weave this cloth that binds us all together. I would have preferred that my tile not have a gaping hole in the middle of the stitches, but it is what it is.

Thanks for visiting! Have a thoughtful week.


  1. Pea nuckle is not an easy tangle but you have drawn this pattern very nice and I loved, reading your story.
    I am not joining all challenges yet but I like to give you a compliment for this original idea.

  2. Enjoyed your story. Well put. Pea-Nuckle is a tangle I enjoy. I did a tangleation of it by alternating the direction of the "S". Did a row in one direction and then the next in the other direction. Here is a link to the step out. https://tanglesandmore.blogspot.com/search?q=Pea-Nuckle+tangleation

  3. What a lovely neighbourhood! When we get to know people we usually find out we are all very similar and it doesn't matter where we were born or what other beliefs we might have. Love the Peanuckle.

  4. Wow, a great tile with this very difficult tangle. Chapeau! I also like your sentiments about this challenge.

  5. Kudos to you for tackling Peanuckle! Your tile is beautiful and perfectly balanced. I love your story and how you describe your home. It sounds lovely.

  6. I am very impressed with your Peanuckle. Even with Molly showing us in person, it was not an easy tangle to do. Thanks for sharing your feelings about your home. It sounds like a lovely place!

  7. Loved reading how you pulled these strands of your life into a beautiful whole. I like the contrast of the white space next to the interesting pattern. How lovely!


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