Tuesday, February 5, 2019

"It's a String Thing" #278 Tiles

This week we had the privilege of playing with Molly Hollibaugh's new tangle, Ratoon.

It is truly amazing how just one tangle yielded so many happy variations and embellishments.

My "Tips for Tangling" that are mentioned frequently in the notes below can be found here in my previous post.  I am so pleased that they were helpful.

Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from my friend Joan Delony, CZT (Florida) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely Ratoon tipped with Uncorked(!)
*Knightsbridge border

From Margarete Gilge (Germany) and here on her blog ~
Ratoon is a wonderful pattern, everyone likes it! This week I drew five versions of it, sometimes in combination with other patterns. One of them is a big zendala. I send you my flowery version. The others you can find on my blog under the link
Thank you for this wonderful challenge!
Best wishes from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulously flowery Ratoon
*aura-ed Ratoon

From Dani (Indonesia) and here on her blog ~
This is for challenge #278. I like this tangle pattern. Hope I can explore more and more. Thank you.
Tangled Tidbits -
*darkened Ratoon loops
*wonderfully rounded corners and weighted curls

From Monblue (Bremen, Germany) ~
such a lovely pattern.
I hope the image is good enough. My scanner was unwilling to scan the round size....
Anyhow, it was a pleasure to tangle this pattern and it won't be the last time, I will use it.
Happy tangling
Tangled Tidbits -
*center Ratoon finished in Auraknot fashion
*beautiful Ratoon border

From Lisette, CZT 32 (Switzerland) ~
This is not the first time I've drawn Ratoon and it is definitely one of my favourite patterns at the moment. I drew on a Renaissance-Zendala with Microns, pencils and chalk and embellished with Mazorito and Icantoo.
Thank you for this beautiful challenge, Adele.
Hugs from Switzerland
Tangled Tidbits -
*delicate tangles, lovely layering
*shining highlights

From Simone (Germany) and here on her blog ~
I love this challenge and I love Ratoon. I decided to use a little bit colour. It was a lot of fun. Thank you sooo much for this.
Tangled Tidbits -
*elegant Ratoon simply embellished
*paper cut to accent Ratoon

From Lynn G. (Florida) ~
Extremely fun tangle, Adele. Thanks for the challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning Renaissance Ratoon
*white highlighting shines

From Mariam G. (Port Hueneme, California) ~
Hi Adele - happy 2019!
I have been unable to participate for a bit, but am glad you presented this challenge for the week - it inspired me to get back on the bandwagon! Ragoon is a tad intimidating I must say, but after several attempts, I think I got the hang of it. And since Valentine's Day is coming soon, I could not resist the urge to use hearts :-)
It's raining in CA - yippee! Hope everyone across the country is staying indoors - dry and warm - as much as possible.
Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back!
*gleaming gem center
*heart shaped embellishments

From Sue Leslie, CZT (New Mexico) and here on her blog ~
Happy Heart month! How did February get here so quick. Ratoon may be getting addicting! Have done several, but here is the one I did just for IAST 278 on a 5 ½ inch square. Used some curly’q and paradox along with some stippling. A fun play for sure. I’ll put some of the others on my blog page later this week so if anyone wants to see more you can check them out there.
Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ing creates spaces for beautiful embellishing
*pretty Ratoon corners

From Shirley Wohlsen (Queensland, Australia) ~
A wonderful Tangle, I enjoyed the challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*orbs inside and outside of Ratoon loops
*lovely aura

From Ria Matheussen, CZT (Belgium) ~
I love Ratoon, I needed a bit of exercises but after trying a few
times, this one is an easy and a beautiful pattern.
On my zendala, I have chosen to draw Ratoon in the middle, followed by
a connection with a variation on my pattern Zanda with a few aura's,
than followed Bubbles , Beadlines and the fragment K14.
I have used ordinary colourpencils to finish the tile. This was the
first time that I used Ratoon and enjoyed it very much. Thank you Adele
for giving us this opportunity.

Tangled Tidbits -
*outer loops finished like pretty flowers
*colorful finishes

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*darkened loops with white orbs
*soft shading

From Kate Ahrens, CZT IX (Minnesota) and here on her blog ~
Hi Adele, I made it through the extreme temperatures of the polar vortex. It gave me some extra time to tangle this week as we were out of school do to the extreme cold, so wanted to send my contribution for Ratoon. I have really been enjoying using this tangle since I learned it while at zenAgain too. You can also see it ... on my blog

Tangled Tidbits -
*Mooka accented Ratoon
*gorgeous coloring and shading

From Cassi ~
Hi! I had just heard about Rantoon and tried it out before you set this string :-) I’ve attached the tangle I did on Monday, plus a smaller one that I did later in the week. Very fun!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Tipple rimmed Ratoon

*colorful enthatching
*sparks of CO2 in both tiles

 From Barbara (League City, Texas) ~
I did mine on a 5.5” round tan tile with Betweed and some embellishments. I really like Ratoon and I’m really happy that the step outs have been published.
Tangled Tidbits -
*white dots and central spiral shine
*Between makes a wonderful Ratoon filler

From Vena C (Whitby, Ontario, Canada) ~
I find it really difficult to find just the right pattern to fit the space. There are hundreds, maybe that is part of the problem. I get bogged down looking at all the lovely patterns. I finally chose "Y-Chain" by Damy which I messed up and had to fix. Then I chose "Bonnie" by Jennifer Jones. I enjoyed drawing "Ratoon". Once you figure out where the lines go on the first loop you just follow the rhythm of it. Thanks for your hints. I had already done mine when I read the hints, but I think I will do another tile with different patterns accompanying "Ratoon".
Tangled Tidbits -
*complimentary mix of tangles
*beautifully blended shading

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
One word ... obsessed! I love Ratoon! I’ve been playing with it ... adding extra orbits ... adding different fillers. If I don’t see another new pattern for the rest of the year, Ratoon will be my fix.
As I tangled this tile, my daughter and I watched a video on the minimalist lifestyle ... Reducing consumables in life to bring more joy to life.
Cheers to Ratoon and keeping it simple!
Tangled Tidbits -
Simplicity is freeing especially when it comes to tangling, isn't it?
*marvelous Mooka filled Ratoon accented by the darkened spaces
*perfs diminish and enlarge

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
In the attachment my tile #278 for this week.
What a wonderfull tangle Ratoon is to play with.
Your tips for tangling Ratoon were very helpfull. Thank you very much for that.
All the time tangling this tile my dear little sister was in my mind.
She is going through a very difficult time.
Tangled Tidbits -
*more marvelous Mooka - how fun to see these back-to-back from across the globe
*rounded corners and bubbling Tipple
Your sister is in my/our prayers.

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
First, I’m sorry I wasn’t able to get in a tile last week to honor your mother’s birthday. Please wish her a belated happy birthday for me.
What a beautiful picture of her!
Here is my tile for this week. Ratoon is one of my favorite new tangles. I felt like a little color to break up all of this snow we have now.
Tangled Tidbits -
Thank you, I will pass your good wishes along ♥
*glorious technique using color, white spaces, and tangles
*highlights add depth and shine

From Gudrun (Germany) ~
two weeks ago I found a Step Out on Pinterest and I'm thrilled - thank you very much for the challenge
Best regards from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful blue hues and gleaming gems

*small, off centered Ratoon blossoms exponentially

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
Once again your Tips for Tangling came to the rescue! My Ratoon is still a bit lopsided, but it’s so much better than my first attempts. Thanks so much, and thanks for providing us with these challenges. I would not have tried this one without your inspiration!
Tangled Tidbits -
*lovely mix of color and tangles
*repeated seeds used for embellishing - wonderful idea!

From Priscilla DeConti, CZT (Kingston, New York) ~
I almost let this one pass as ratoon and I don't quite get along yet. Thank you Adele for your tips today as that did help a lot!
So even though it is a bit wonky and a work in progress, here is my ratoon for the week. It is on tan paper with red color and white highlights.
Hope all have a great week!
Tangled Tidbits -
*spinning Ratoon created with slightly off centered outer seeds
*depth created with shading on each overlap

From Jane (Surrey, United Kingdom) ~
I cheated slightly with this challenge as have been doing a Ratoon tile for #ValenTangle day 2 and hope you won’t mind me entering it for this one too. I love this versatile tangle and all the things you can do with it.
Tangled Tidbits -
I am glad to blend the two!
*rounded corners on each Ratoon loop and happy Knightsbridge center heart
*wonderful details - is that the word "Ratoon" in the border ?!  How fun!

From Lynn F (Florida) ~
I enjoyed learning this new tangle. I started it before you sent out your tips so it looks a little “wonky” to me but I had fun.
Once I had the tangle drawn I decided to look for inspiration elsewhere.
I ended up opening my box of “Yoga for your brain” cards from Sandy Steen Bartholomew and found what I needed in her Bauer card.
Here’s my tile.
Thanks for another fun challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*great tangle to compliment Ratoon
*bright bursts of yellow

From Amy Lilien-Harper, CZT (Connecticut) ~
I was so excited to get to to tangle ratoon! I just love this tangle. I did it on a new surface: I was making a card, so that affected my colors and shading a bit, but I still had a great time.
Additionally, my instructor just had us do ratoon in class, and I was delighted to discover that the screen shot Molly includes on her page in the newsletter includes the tangle I did in class! It is the one 3 from the left and four from the top, done on a Renaissance tile. You can see my end result was somewhat inspired both by you and by the one I did in class.
I’m looking foreword to trying out your new tips next time I do this fun tangle!
Tangled Tidbits -
*white initial lines of Ratoon and a wonderful mix of color and shading
*Zinger and Fescu finishes

From Ginger White (California) ~
I certainly did appreciate your tips for this new tangle! This will be a good one to practice several times.
Attached is my simple version, sent from very rainy southern California.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Crescent Moon and aura filled spaces
*Tipple rimmed border

From T. ~
Ratoon is a new to me pattern that was a little tricky for me to learn to draw – as patterns with loops and curves often are for me.
Difficulties aside, as soon as I saw it, I knew I was going to use colour in whatever it led me to create.
I decided to work on a larger tan tile, which presented so many options for colour combinations.
This challenge also presented an opportunity to use coloured pens and pencils I hadn’t used in ages.
I’m happy with the results considering that drawing Ratoon put me a little out of my comfort zone.
Tangled Tidbits -
*simply beautiful in line and color
*stunning Mooka, aura, and darkened background

From Sharon F. (California) ~
Wow! So glad you introduced us to Ratoon! It is a fussy one, though. I tried several times, but it was your tips, Adele, that helped so much. The "inner" and "outer" tip especially helped. It does take a lot of focus to get the initial loops set up, but it's so rewarding. And I finally got one that I wanted to share. Looking forward to seeing everyone's.
Tangled Tidbits -
*double loops of Ratoon, darkened seeds, and beautiful use of the three colors
*lovely, lace-like outer border

From Rebecca (Stamford, Connecticut) ~
I haven’t had much tangling time lately, as life keeps getting in the way, but I have so missed participating in your weekly challenges! I am hoping to get back into the swing, and what better tangle to start with than Ratoon, which I just learned. Mine is still a bit wonky, but such fun to draw and embellish! Thanks for another great challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
Welcome back!
*inner aura and Tipple
*Crescent Moon, Printemps, and lots of pretty aura

From Felicity Strohfeldt (Velddrif, South Africa) ~
I unfortunately haven’t much time at present to tangle, but challenge 278 was enticing and when I made time to sit down, it was definitely a challenge Took some time to get into the swing, but at last there is an attempt. Ratoon is a gorgeous versatile pattern and I’m sure that with more practise the most amazing results will be coming up.
Thank you and Molly for this one. Have a wonderful week.

Tangled Tidbits -
* intertwined Ratoon - that's awesome!
*delightfully detailed Ratoon sections

From Talia Maynard (London, United Kingdom) ~
Every week I see the tiles that others send in and there is always quite a few that use colour. They look so pretty and unique so I decided to give it a try myself with this week's challenge. The centre of Ratoon was crying out for a zen gem so I got out my pencils. I'm pleased with how it turned out.
Using colour also made me feel more comfortable with not filling every bit of space with tangles, so this is quite different tile for me.
Thank you for the challenge.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*beautiful blue gem Ratoon center
*sparkles, stripes, and aura wrapped in pretty purple hues

From Sra (India) ~

Tangled Tidbits -
*a bouquet of Ratoon accented with white Tipple background
* highlights, multiple aura, weighted lines 

Wasn't that a fabulous show of tiles and tangles from some of the kindest people in the world?

Thank you all very much and special thanks to Molly Hollibaugh for Ratoon, which we thoroughly enjoyed.

The very next post will be "It's a String Thing" #279!


  1. Wonderful to see the results of your Ratoon challenge. It's clear that many people benefitred from your guidance. A true feast for the eyes! There's still plenty of String Thing pleasure to be had even when I don't join in myself!

  2. WOw, what a wonderful serie of tiles, they all look great with the gorgeous Ratoon!!!

  3. Thank you, Adele, for accommodating my tile. I'm sorry I could not acknowledge this earlier, I was travelling and had spotty access to the Internet. - Sra