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Boomeresque’s “Phirst” Tangle Invention

by Suzanne Fluhr on August 10, 2015 · 34 comments

Yes, I know that’s not the correct spelling of “First”, but this is a tangle for use with the Zentangle method, so there are no mistakes—right? This is my first “invented” tangle and I’ve spelled “first” as “phirst” as a tip of my pretend hat to my hometown, Philadelphia.

Phirst step outs



This tangle is useful for borders and for backgrounds, IMHO anyway. It is composed of a row of forward and backward “S” lines. This leaves spaces that can be filled in with circles, perfs or some other shape. Therefore, make sure the “S” lines aren’t touching.

Below, are two examples of “Phirst” used in tiles. In the first, it’s used as a background tangle. In the second, it’s the border for a Zendala.

I’ll end with a giant “thank you” to Linda Farmer for including Phirst as a featured tangle in her weekly tangle digest.
























What do you think?

(Check out other tangles I’ve published on Boomeresque:  PhirstSegundoTerceroAurabeadAlohaSpearatorSpringishSpangles, Dinoflor and Shorely)

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Margaret BLANK August 11, 2015 at 2:30 am

It’s new to me, Suzanne. Nice idea, I’m looking forward to giving it a try.


Maddy Resendes August 11, 2015 at 11:06 am

I like it! It’s easy on the eye. I think it breathes well. It’s a nice contrast to some of the denser designs in your repertoire.

Well done!



Daniel @ The Tangle Corner August 11, 2015 at 5:46 pm

Ooh pretty. That’s really all I have to say ^_^ Pretty.


Kellie May August 20, 2015 at 12:52 am

I just discovered your beautiful work! I literally LOVE this pattern! Thank you!


Suzanne Fluhr August 20, 2015 at 1:07 am

Thank you so much.


Donald W August 31, 2015 at 12:53 pm

There is so much that you can do just starting out with a similar motif. This is the same starting point for the tangleation of Peanuckle and the tangle Obsess that I did. Congratulations on getting it on tangle patterns.


Jean Chaney August 31, 2015 at 6:15 pm

Congrats on having your tangle chosen over at TanglePatterns! It’s a great tangle!


Jan Dodd August 31, 2015 at 8:35 pm

Congratulations! I am new to Zentangle and really love this tangle! It’s easy and a lot of fun! Your work is beautiful! Thank you for sharing!


Linda Dochter August 31, 2015 at 10:11 pm

Love your tangle, Phirst. Phabulous.


Cari Sultanik September 1, 2015 at 10:16 am

It’s fantastic, Suzanne, I love it! And not just because I’m a Philly girl or a CZT 18 fellow alum 😉 I love how you can use it to fill a space or as a ribbon. It’s light and airy and I tend to be a bit heavy-handed, so I can definitely use this to lighten things up! Congrats on your first published tangle!


Bunny Wright September 1, 2015 at 10:24 am

Wow! Really great pattern! It looks simple but, you really have to ‘keep on task’ because I found myself doing two going the same way. It helps if you think, one ‘reflects’ the other. I’ll enjoy ‘Phirst’!


Wanda E. September 1, 2015 at 11:36 am

I’m a Pittsburgh area Zentangler. Nice to know there are other Pennsylvanians that have a passion for this wonderful art form. Love “Phirst.” Reminds me of an abacus, sort of.


Devendra February 29, 2016 at 12:22 pm

By Judi Stringer on 13 April, 2011 at 9:01 amI teach a craft class and I’m always lonkiog for ideas. My class is only 45 minutes so it limits what we can do and have time to complete the project. I try to have alot of the time consuming steps out of the way and and everything ready to put together. I has lonkiog around for ideas for dying easter eggs and ran across your site. Really good! Can’t wait for next week’s classes. Thanks!


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