I realize I have an obsession with any kind of border.
So yesterday I walked around our house with my phone camera to show you a bit of what I see. Imagine what you could find if you were JUST looking for borders!
Wallpaper, Fabric, and Furniture
(Maria when she was about eight with her younger brother, Tom.)
And even our Kitchen Stove (!!)
Rick adds: That stove used to burn wood, then coal, and now it uses gas. It's also our primary heat source in our living space. Check out the floor. It was our inspiration for our tangle florz.
What can I say . . . (except I even have tassels with borders!)
(Rick adds: . . . and borders with tassels! :-)They instantly attract my eye . . . Guide me around . . . Keep me even-keeled. Maybe it's their ability to keep things together (I can be haphazard with most things) and perhaps I depend on borders "holding" things in place.
Borders provide their own "elegance of limits" to inspire and support.
Perhaps it is the border on your ring or bracelet . . . or the tooling on your leather shoes, or a book binding, or the table runner under the flowers, or the gingerbread on an old Victorian house on the corner, or the elegant gold pinstriping on that old Singer sewing machine, or the multicolored piping around the pillows on your favorite chair, or maybe . . . maybe it is in your memory, of places warm and comfy.
So I have morphed a few of these borders into the world of tangle for you to contemplate.
Rick adds: Take a moment to enjoy matching Maria's tiles with their inspirations. For instance, part of that second to last tile was inspired by the industrial shelving in our shipping area.
Now take another moment to look around you right where you are at this moment and become aware of border tangle inspirations. From where I am right now, a small sampling of what I can see:
Next, in your mind's eye, play with how you might deconstruct these images into the fewest and most easily recombined elemental strokes (see page 1 of our book).
- Coiled wire on a telephone land line
- Stitching on leather
- Shadows cast by my computer keyboard keys
- UPC code wrapped around a pencil in a cup nearby
- Scales on a dragon on the picture frame holding Maria's picture
- Grain pattern in the oak wood of my desk
- Interlocking zipper teeth on my back-pack
Finally, put on some water for tea, grab your tiles, pencil and pen, and enjoy!
We consulted our magic automated number generator and . . . Our winner of the tangled toast tongs blog is . . . drumroll please . . . Anne's Tangle Blog.
Congratulations, Anne, and thanks for your heartfelt story.
Thanks again for taking your time to visit.
Let us know in the comments below what borders you find that inspire you to tangle and we'll choose a commenter to receive one of these tiles.
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