Hi and welcome back to another week on the Chrissie Murphy Designs Blog. In the July Talking Tangles Newsletter I shared about my intention to create a Tangle Index. For a while now I’ve used OneNote (a Microsoft application) to Index and manage tangle patterns. It’s functional, but it’s not beautiful! I have seen some amazing Tangle Indexes over the years, and I really wanted to create something similar, something that’s tangible. I believe tangling is an incredibly beautiful art form, and I wanted to make a Tangle Index that honours that beauty. Today I’m sharing the first of my progress posts about this long term project. So let’s begin this Tangle Index Project Update.
Yep, I needed to get some stuff!
I wanted to work with Bijou tiles as many of the indexes I’ve seen (and loved) have been created with Bijou tiles. I already had a tin of Bijou tiles I bought about 5 years ago and I’d only used 2, so I was all set to begin making my tangle seed tiles.
Having said that, I had nothing to put them in for reference. I’ve seen a few different ways of organising. From hole punching and storing them all on a ring clip, to Bitty-Booking, but the option I prefer is to display sheets of them in a binder. And I had no display sheets, so I needed to buy some.
Many of the binder display indexes I’ve seen use coin collector sheets or slide protector sheets to hold the tangle seed tiles. I actually found these easy to source, but it was difficult to find the right size. I could find 2cm x 2cm sheets everywhere, but 2in x 2in sheets was a bit harder. After much searching and reaching out to friends, I ended up finding a supplier through eBay and I placed an order. The picture above is from the Listing by The Dumpty Store.
And I had no binder. I knew I wanted a yellow binder, and if I couldn’t find a yellow one, white was my second choice. My hubby headed to Officeworks and he was able to find me a white 3 ring binder. There were no yellow ones available that day. So white it was and now I’m actually pleased I have white instead of yellow because of the way I made my cover.
Making a Tangle Index cover
I wanted to create a cover for my Tangle Index that looked beautiful, because tangling is beautiful. And I still wanted there to be a heavy yellow focus, because I love yellow!
Yes, I could have sat down and tangled a cover, but instead I chose to head over to Canva and make myself a cover using a template. This way I could use a picture of a Tangle Tile I love, and I chose the Tangled Trio of Tissoooh Tile. There’s something about the way I photographed this tile that I really like.
Once I’d finished it, I saved the template to my photo gallery and headed to the photo kiosk at KMart. I printed it out as a 10” x 8” photo and then attached it to a piece of A4 paper to be inserted into my binder as the cover image. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out.
Displaying the Seed Tiles
Next up I started categorising the seed tiles I’d completed into categories. As I’ve really only just started this project, I haven’t completed many seed tiles, but I’ve been able to create a Leaf Tangles category, Blossom Tangles, Fillers and Lattice (aka grid based) Tangles. As I create more seed tiles, I will need to add more categories, but so far so good.
And that’s all I have for this long term Tangle Index Project Update. I’ll have more project updates in the future so you can see how things are progressing. And if you have a Tangle Index, and I haven’t seen it, I’d love to see some photos. Tag me in them so I can see your beautiful creations.
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