Artist Focus: Cheryl Lees-Haley

Happy weekend, tanglers!

Today I would like to bring the beautiful patterns of Cheryl Lees-Haley to your attention. Cheryl has created step-outs for 61 patterns. I love the way Cheryl explores a new pattern in depth – creating step-outs for interesting variations.

Cheryl is also an advocate for promoting tangling. Her 97-year-old father is enjoying tangling too!

I’ve been following her posts in our Tangle It! Pattern Club Facebook group for a long time now. Have a look at some of her artwork posted in the group!

Artwork by Cheryl Lees-Haley  Artwork by Cheryl Lees-Haley  Artwork by Cheryl Lees-Haley

I asked Cheryl to tell us a bit about herself:

I live in Huntsville, Alabama, USA, with my husband of 47 years. Eons ago, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, but my career took me on a different path. On retirement, the creative life called out to me again. I tried painting for a time, but I was also excited by travel. Looking for a more portable art form, I came across tangling. This was in 2014, and I was immediately smitten. I’ve always been a doodler, one of those people who get a pen in their hand and shapes start appearing in the margins, or on junk mail, or whatever. Now I try to capture the best of those scribblings and formalize them with step-outs and examples. It seems I’ve done more of that than I thought – 61 to date. I have seven more coming, one for each day this week as a special thank you to this group of supportive, big-hearted fellow tanglers.

Now it is time for a bit of tangling fun with my favorite pattern, Back ‘n 4th. Why is it my favorite you ask? Well, let me show you. It’s magic!

Back ‘n 4th is a perfect pattern for using CPT (Creative Pattern Tangling) which you can read about in Ina Sonnenmoser’s recent ebook

Back n 4th by Cheryl Lees-Haley

Back ‘n 4th Advantages:

Back ‘n 4th is a very easy pattern, just 3 steps. That makes it simple to remember without having to look it up all the time. The steps are:

  1. Back and forth line
  2. Dividing line
  3. Cap the open ends

You end up with a series of “fish” shapes that have a “head” and a “tail.” Back ‘n 4th is very versatile.

  1. It can be used as a string.
    Back 'n Forth as String
  2. It can be made to fit into many strange shapes.
    Back 'n Forth
  3. With a little CPT magic, it changes before your very eyes into something all your own.

Creative Pattern Tangling with Back ‘n 4th

  1. Change how you do the back and forth line:
    Creative Pattern Tangling 
  2. Change how you do the dividing line:
    Creative Pattern Tangling
  3. Change how you do the end caps:
    Creative Pattern Tangling
  4. Embellish to your heart’s content! I find doing all the “heads” the same and all the “tails” the same yields the best results. It can get too busy otherwise. Here are some examples of blow-ups of the embellishments:
    Creative Pattern Tangling

    Creative Pattern Tangling

    Creative Pattern Tangling

A few of my other patterns that work especially well with CPT are Backflip, Elle, Flattery, Holl-O’s and Strax.

Artwork by Cheryl Lees-Haley using the Back ‘n 4th Pattern with CPT

Artwork by Cheryl Lees-Haley Artwork by Cheryl Lees-Haley Artwork by Cheryl Lees-Haley 
Artwork by Cheryl Lees-Haley

And here is some artwork by Jana Janka Pechrová.  She applied Backflip and Flattery in a Mandala:

Backflip Artwork by Jana Janka Pechrova Flattery Artwork by Jana Janka Pechrova

Please click this link to see all the beautiful step-outs created by Cheryl Lees-Haley. And stay tuned over the next week when we introduce a new pattern by Cheryl every day!




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