Thursday, May 25, 2017

Fabulous Fabriano Part IV

This is the fourth post in the continuing story of my "Paper Pilgrimage" to Fabriano, Italy.  Here are the links to the first three if you are just joining in:  Part I, Part II, Part III.

It took months of planning to coordinate our trip to Italy to include a visit to the city of Fabriano. Lou, a meticulous planner, asked me many questions about what my expectations were for our time there.  It was such a leap of faith to set out for Fabriano, I had to be certain that it was what I wanted to do.
In order for it to fit into our broader plans for Italy, we had to rent a car, drive across the country, and hope to be able to somehow find out where and how I could purchase paper and sign a guest book - my two hopes, my two dreams for a visit there.

What if we can't get a tour, or go near the factory?" Lou asked, checking one more time before he made all of the reservations over the internet worlds away from our home in Florida.

"If I just get to stand outside the door of the factory and have my picture taken there, I would be satisfied," I blurted out.  I didn't have to think before I spoke.
The answer surprised even me.
It was that important.

"All right, then we will do it,"  Lou said.   And with that, he booked our trip.

Now to resume the story...

We said "Arrevaderci" to Marchese del Grillo Hotel on Saturday, April 22, on a clear bright spring morning.

A little side note I meant to include in the last post...just before we left the hotel and just before our exchange with Mario, I placed my tangled Zendala box atop the display and took a photograph.  To me, it tied together the gifts that the Zentangle Method has given me and my appreciation of Fabriano paper - a little secret union (up until now that is :)

View overlooking the front gardens of Marchese del Grillo with
the snow capped Apennines Mountains in the distance.

View from where our car was parked.

Leaving for the city, we pulled over to the side of the road to take one last look at the "Villa of a Thousand Windows".

 Looking back, our stay at the Marchese del Grillo would have satisfied my every notion of Fabriano: the paper display in the lobby accompanied with the luxurious little history book, all of the exquisite details of the villa, the warm hospitality...but little did we know what awaited us in the city.

 The museum was located in the city proper across from a lovely park.  We circled the cobblestone block a few times looking for a place to park.  Fortunately we found a metered spot just a block away.  The directions for payment were in Italian and we fumbled a bit to understand what to do.

In the parking lot was an affable, very tall and very dark skinned gentleman peddling his wares.  He spoke English in a deep, melodic voice.  Humored by our puzzlement, he was very helpful.   He showed us the coin machine and where to display the proof of payment on the car.  In our brief exchange, we joked about many things:  being new to Italy, travel, and even American politics.  We tipped him to show our gratitude and parted with a mutual exchange of "God bless you."  I was struck by the universality of kindness and laughter.

We only saw him for just that brief bit of time.  It could be because he was not legally allowed to pedal his wares on the streets of Fabriano.  Across Italy we saw many immigrants selling any number of things, constantly on the lookout for the police, and swiftly scattering off at any sight of them.

It also could be that he was there at just the right time, at just the right place, when we needed a bit of help in a strange, new place.  That gentleman (an angel to us) made such an impression that I can still hear his full bodied laugh and when I do, I say a little prayer of thanks.

As we walked toward the museum, the park was to our right and this ancient wall was to our left.

We followed the signs and just a short distance up this alley...

...we came to the entrance to the Paper and Watermark Museum.

Entrance to the Paper and Watermark Museum, Fabriano, Italy

Through the open door on the right, we entered a wonderland of paper making history.  There was a display room to our left and a small office and gift shop to our right.  We walked into the gift shop.

Jutting out into the space was an elongated, curved counter top.  On one end was a cash register and on the other, a beautiful opened book. On it, some handwritten notes and signatures.  "This is it!" I remember thinking and with that thought, a dream like feeling came over the entire experience.   

In a hushed and hurried voice I said, "Get your camera.  Get your camera, this is it.  This is what I came for!" 

I could hardly feel my feet on the floor.  A bit shaky, I pulled out a pen from my purse that I brought from home.  The pen was a gift from my good friend, Kelley. In many ways, circumstances that united our families and formed our friendship led, in part, to my involvement with all things Zentangle.  I wore my scarf from Zentangle (link). a necklace made by Su D'Alessio (link), and best of all, Lou and I were together.   

It bears repeating that while I signed that book, I felt the presence of everyone with me - my dear readers, students, friends, and family, from whom I learn so much.  

After some reveling in that glorious moment, we took a look around.  Everything was beautifully appointed.  A touch of modern craftsmanship in a clearly ancient space.  Light colored wooden cabinets, display cases, and drawers.  Back lit sheets of beautiful paper displayed the most detailed of watermarks, shelves held little handmade notebooks.  

The relatively small room was divided into both retail and office areas. 

This room divider was a work of art in itself ~ a large square (approximately 4' x 4') created by individual wooden squares, tied at each corner to create rope squares with the watermark of the museum carved into it.  It screamed Zentangle!

Lou and I realized that we were alone save for an older gentleman who popped out from behind an office door.  He greeted us in Italian.  After a few attempts at communicating, he appeared equally frustrated that he didn't speak English as he was that we didn't speak Italian.  He motioned for us to follow him.

We walked through an arched doorway, into the courtyard.  He opened a glass door and flipped on the lights to reveal a very large room filled with rows of blue velvet covered theater seats, about one hundred of them.  

In the front of the room was a long wooden table and atop that was a huge flat screened television. Not at all unremarkable, except that above it was an obviously centuries old fresco of the crucifixion of Christ.

He inserted a DVD into the player on the table and selected "English".  With that he scurried to the back of the room, turned out the lights, and shut the door.

Did that really just happen?
Could we really be here? 

The movie began.  
I wish I had the script to convey here, but in a nut shell the narrator began with an explanation that paper has held its own over the course of history, even in this age of computers and electronic filing.  It touted the impact of a handwritten note on beautiful paper and the need for it in producing fine works of art.
The narrator gave a brief history of the creation of paper, how the industry came to Italy, how it progressed through the ages, and how its history - dating back in Fabriano to the early 1200's - is lovingly preserved here.

The movie ended and we sat there in the dark and in the silence.  "What do we do now?" we both wondered aloud...

Lou got up, flipped on the lights, and took this picture.  It was our way of pinching ourselves to make sure we were not dreaming.  I'm seated in the front row there, just on the lower right of the photo...

After Lou turned off the DVD player and television, we walked up the main aisle of the theater room, turned off the lights, shut the door behind us, and strolled back out into the courtyard.

We were the only people in sight.  The glorious open courtyard before us, we wandered into room after room off of the surrounding hallway.  

Each room held a different treasure.  Because of what we learned in the movie, we could identify some of the things we saw.  This table held stacks of the thick felt pieces used to extract water from newly formed paper.

We could see that the museum not only housed these centuries old pieces, they were used in demonstrations and classes held there.  These felt rags were damp to the touch.

This station had a slightly more modern set up in front of one dating back to the 1700's.  The water-filled bucket on the left in the foreground held an electric device that churned and chopped the cotton fibers.  

I carefully moved the control to the side to take this photo of this carved watermark that decorated the bucket.

What looks like snow in the photo are actually dried cotton fibers.

As we spent time piecing together what we learned from the movie and what was before us, we were startled to hear someone calling to us from behind, speaking in English.  

To be continued...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!
~Albert Einstein

For My Children by Adele Bruno, CZT
Tangles:  Sand, Teenos, Uncorked, Lanie, Cack, Bud, Iza

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #196

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

Every once in a while, a new tangle is published and it looks so inviting that I'd like to spend an afternoon getting to know it.  Inadari Novello's new flower inspired Plingh is one such pattern.
It has familiar elements:  a dot grid, rice shapes, and it is filled in a similar manner to my own Lanie.

So let's keep it sweet and simple this week and create a monotangle with Plingh.  With its myriad possibilities and our cache of tangle enhancers (aura, perfs, rounding, sparkle...) the results will be excitingly diverse.

Here is our string ~

IAST #196 by Adele Bruno, CZT

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away.   
Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns lead the way.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 

Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.  WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.  

PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

If you do have a blog or website, I will add a link upon request. 
Please include the site specific URL. 

I look forward to your emails.

"It's a String Thing" #195 Tiles Coming Soon

The results of IAST #195 will be posted this Friday.

Please forgive the delay, but today our family is celebrating the graduation of our youngest and last to finish high school, Isabella Grace.

It is a rare and wonderful thing to have all seven of our children home at the same time.  With lives and families of their own, and most living in other areas of the country, co-coordinating a reunion can be nearly impossible.

Gratefully, today was an exception.  Here is photo proof ~

Isabella's Graduation Day:  Sarah, John, Nancy, Elena, Catherine, Louie,and Isabella
They sure know how to make a mother proud!

Please check back tomorrow for IAST #196,
Wednesday for some inspiring words,
Thursday for Fabulous Fabriano IV,
and Friday for IAST #195 Tiles.

Thank you!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fabulous Fabriano, Part III

My "Paper Pilgrimage" continues from where we left off in Fabulous Fabriano, Part II (link)...

We arrived in Fabriano at dusk.  Initially, I was disappointed that we did not have ample daylight  hours remaining to drive into the city and at least scope out where the Paper and Watermark Museum was located.  

All of those anxious feelings melted away when we arrived at the Marchese del Grillo Hotel.  Our accommodations were exquisite, our meal delectable, and after being on the road for the better part of a week, my husband and I found it very easy to relax and soak up the surroundings without being eager to move on to the next adventure -  even if it was to see where Fabriano paper originated.

There is a back story to tell:  My dear friend and fellow CZT, Dorian Eng and her husband traveled to Italy just a few weeks before us.  We met for lunch upon her return and she gave me some priceless advice.  She said to take little gifts for hosts and tour guides as thank yous along our journey.  
Dorian had tangled tiles and little zendala folded boxes and gifted them.   
(Dorian's website is Little Bit of Heart and on it you will find a How-to video she made in conjunction with Sakura. )

While I did not have time before we left for our trip to make them, I tucked a zendala tin and supplies into my carry-on bag.  

Fast forward to Fabriano, Italy.  When we walked into the lobby of the Marchese del Grillo and that fabulous display of folded Fabriano paper greeted us, I knew what I had to tangle to leave as a thank you.

In the crisp early hours of the next morning, as I waited for Lou to be ready to go to breakfast, I opened the side window in our room and parted the thick green, wooden shutters.  In plain view was the valley that cradled the city and the mountains beyond, all enveloped by the most brilliant of blue skies.

The window was wrapped in a thick width of walnut hued wood with a desk sized window sill, and a little step up to it - providing a perfect place to tangle.

I began a little zendala box there...

Not wanting to rush, I tucked the tiles into my bag and we headed to breakfast.  The atmosphere in the wine cellar was much more conducive to conversation than tangling, and so my zendalas sat patiently beside me and waited.

As we walked up through the lobby to the second floor, just above the staircase, an elegant room greeting us.

We explored every detail of that hall, the Trompe l'oeil painting, fine furniture and wood trimmings, gilding, Murano chandeliers and sconces, and just the right lighting from a long wall of windows...a glorious place to tangle.  I pulled up a chair and Lou snapped photos as I slipped into the sweetest time of tangling.  

Where was I?  Could I really be tangling in a villa on a hillside in Fabriano, Italy?  No reasonable thinking on my part could answer affirmatively.  Only in my dreams could it be true, and so I must have been dreaming...

Never mind that the Fabriano factory awaited, never mind that we were driving to Rome later in the day, it was a luxuriously relaxing, totally 'zen' time.

This is one of Lou's favorite photographs, and very creative too, I might add...

After signing my name to the tiles, we slipped into our room, packed, and headed to the reception area to check out.   Showering many compliments to the clerk about our stay, I asked if there was a manager I could speak to.  She said that she would call for him.

We had a happy reunion when he came to greet us.  To our surprise, Mario D'Alesio, was also one of our waiters from the previous evening's feast.  We explained that we had traveled from Florida to visit the Fabriano factory.  He was very familiar, but said that he had lived in the town all his life and had never been through the factory. He explained that tours of the factory are not offered, in large part because the paper for the Euro is printed there and security is understandably tight.  
"When you come again, perhaps I can arrange something, but it would be doubtful." he said.

Suddenly it all made sense why my research from home into a factory tour came up empty every time.  A contributor to "It's a String Thing", Hilary, who winters in Rome, even offered to have her husband call on my behalf and his inquiry was denied.  

That aside, the conversation with Mario was joyful.  I explained that I was an artist of the Zentangle Method and that the our work is done on Fabriano paper.  He was genuinely interested.
He explained that the Museum was a working paper factory and that we would be most pleased to go there.  I felt more encouraged about our chances of experiencing what I hoped for in Fabriano.

When I presented him with my little gift, he was so grateful that it made me teary eyed.  He paused for a moment, gazed intently at the box in his hands, and when he looked up, smiled and said, "You make us feel too important."
It may as well have been his birthday - and mine too, because he signaled to his receptionist and in Italian asked her to find something for him.   She rummaged through a wooden bench just to the left of where we were standing and produced a small green journal.
Mario presented it to me and said "Fabriano makes these for us to give to our special guests, and I'd like you to have this,"
The journal was made of hand pressed paper with a relief of the villa and the words: Locanda Marchese del Grillo, Fabriano
By this time, I was laughing and crying and feeling so at home.  It was one of those moments that instantly melted into my heart and I knew that I would be able to bring it to mind in all of its detail and emotion, no matter how much time passed.  It was magical.  

We asked to take a photo and Mario said that we should get one with his mother, too.  Giddy, we followed him down to the kitchen.  His mother, Emanuela, happened to be cooking in preparation for a large party later in the day.  Mario explained that his sister is also a chef, but was at home that morning.  We exchanged warm hugs, laughs, and stories.  

There were so many coincidences...Mario's father worked in the steel mills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in tougher times in order to send money home to keep the family business thriving. Both Lou and my own grandfathers, fathers, uncles, cousins, and even Lou himself worked in the Pittsburgh mills.  Lou's grandfather immigrated to the United States from Italy to work in the same mills.

I wore a necklace made by Su D'Alessio (Delicately Detailed Pottery) and we marveled at the similarity in their names.  

We posed for this picture, Mario held my zendala creation, and I held the journal he gave me while his mother and I joked about holding our chins up for a more flattering photo ~

Here we were, living worlds apart, yet connected by so many things, most of which were love, gratitude, and appreciation.

All wrapped up in my Zentangle® scarf and
ready to visit the Fabriano Paper and Watermark Museum
Arrevaderci, Marche del Grillo!

To be continued...

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

"The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step."  ~Lao Tzu

How about a journey of over seven thousand miles that began with one stroke?

Over seven thousand miles separate Japanese artist and junior high school teacher, Lovelygiraffe (her internet pseudo name), and myself.  And with just a few pen strokes, our world's united through "It's a String Thing".   

Lovelygiraffe began participating in IAST early in February of this year and her tile was honored in IAST #184.  After several email exchanges, she sent these inspiring photographs and the story behind them.  I asked permission to pass them along, and here they are ~

Staircase tangles by the students of Lovelygiraffe in Hokkaidou, Japan

Staircase tangles by the students of Lovelygiraffe in Hokkaidou, Japan

Lovelygiraffe filled a void in after school club activities and offered a class in Zentangle. She wrote that the students "were crazy about Zentangle" and that "the after-school art room was silent when [the students were tangling]." 

She took the students' tangled squares, mounted them on colored paper, laminated them, and attached them to the risers on the school staircase -"Staircase art", she dubbed it.

While the after-school club activities have ended, Lovelygiraffe continues studying and tangling on her own and hopes to become a CZT someday.

 In the meantime, as she wrote, she "encountered" my blog "and got the opportunity to learn further."  She said, "I am filled with gratitude."

My sentiments exactly, I am filled with gratitude.  Thank you, Lovelygiraffe and please thank your students.   Their work is beautiful!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #195

It's Tuesday, your good news day!

We begin this week with our string~
IAST #195 by Adele Bruno, CZT
Strutz by Sarah Fowler
While this tangle employs the 'Hollibaugh Principle' of layering one element under an existing one, and is similar to the pattern, it has a quirky life of its own.  I think you will enjoy it.

Tessell by Judy Okawa
A bit reminiscent of Warped Eggs, this tangle begins with a dot grid and has endless possibilities from there.

Printemps by Maria Thomas
Below are my "Tips for Tangling" the Zentangle® classic:

Use as few or as many of these tangles as you would like.

Simply pencil the string line onto your tile and tangle away! Keep in mind that string lines are suggestions and let the patterns lead the way.

Here are the (Not so) Official Guidelines: 
* Challenges are posted on Tuesdays.
*Use the string posted for the week and some or all of the suggested patterns
* Submit a photo of your tile saved as jpg or scan your tile (300 dpi or higher) and save as a jpg
*Email your jpg file as an attachment to -
*Entries are to be submitted by Saturday evenings.
*Photos and 'Best of Show' are posted on Mondays. 

Send in your photos - you will encourage and inspire fellow Zentangle® enthusiasts all over the world.  WHEN YOU SIGN YOUR NAME, PLEASE INCLUDE WHERE YOU LIVE.  

PLEASE NOTE: It is not necessary for you to have a blog or website to participate. 
In order to eligible for the drawing, you must send in your completed tile.

If you do have a blog or website, I will add a link upon request. 
Please include the site specific URL. 

I look forward to your emails.

Monday, May 15, 2017

"It's a String Thing" #194 Tiles

Happy one day (or two) after Mother's Day!  I hope that your day was filled with love and joy.

I must say, I feel like a very proud 'tangle mother' today as I post these beautiful tiles in the first IAST to include my newest pattern, Trella.  I am indebted to you all for your kind words and exquisite variations.  Let's take a look ~

The first tile arrived from Vonnie Schneider (Saint Paul, Minnesota) ~
Love the new tangle! I wanted to share with you that I have finished all the previous challenges...what a fun journey! it is cool to see my progression in the last 4 months, thank you for the opportunity!
Congratulations, Vonnie - for both your amazing accomplishment and progress...
Tangled Tidbits -
*Trella border
*sparkled and shaded droops

From Lynn Gotham (Florida) ~
Adele, I just LOVE your new tangle. So much fun to play with.
Lynn, I love how you angled the tile between the two magnets on your Tickled to Tangle frame.
Tangled Tidbits -
*wisp of Trella
*beautiful details - aura, shading, dots

 *delicate lace-like aura

From Sra (India) ~
Here's my entry for IAST 194.I enjoyed working on Trella. I'm busy, though, so I couldn't spend as much time on it as I would have liked to. I like my Trella here and I managed to cover up a misdirected Trella and draw more of it in white too! This was one tile that didn't give me too much heartache, thought I still haven't gotten there! Probably I'm very relieved that I managed to salvage a good tile gone wrong!
You did a great job with this!
Tangled Tidbits -
*aura, dots, dashes, and triangles for accents
*shaded Trella layers over N'Zeppel

From Joan Delony, CZT (Florida) ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty variations in Trella droops
*aura for individual Trella and aura surrounding them

From Renee (Tennessee) and on her Instagram ~
Tangled Tidbits -
*graceful curves glow in white
*N'Zeppel grows passed its grid, creates a beautiful edge

From Hilary (Chicago) ~
I'm enjoying your photos from your trip to Fabriano, and can't wait to see more.
I also am enjoying using Trella, in fact, and this is a first for me, I did two versions of this week's challenge. My first was the black and white tile which I felt needed something more. I considered using more dramatic shading, but I worried about ruining it. So I tried another version in my watercolor sketchbook. Over all, I'm pleased with my results.I hope you're having a great week and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's #194.
Tangled Tidbits -
*layered curls, dots, inner aura of Trella droops
*light and very detailed shading
*two intersecting Trella, aura-ed as one
*lovely, longer curls add interest to the aura

From Lisette (Switzerland) ~
Thank you for all the souvenirs you are sharing from your trip to Italy. Here my tile for IAST 194. Trella was new to me, although it’s similar to how I use to draw Opus. I tried to draw water droplets instead of the mooka-like leaves. But I’m afraid they are a bit too flimsy. I could give them some weight by adding the black pearls. I hope they are visible on the photo. I really enjoyed this challenge. Thank you.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*stunning water droplets tip Trella - shaded and sparkled
*perf, dots, aura, shading - all lovely accents

From Joke Leussenkamp (Eibergen, The Netherlands) ~
Hello fellow tanglers,
Although not happy with this result at all, I still decided to share it with you all.
Maybe I was to much in a hurry to come up with something more appealing.Never mind, thanks for all the work you do and the photos of Italy
I am confident that by the time this is posted, you will appreciate your tile even more as there is a very curious thing about tangling:  just a bit of time and a fresh look at a completed tile usually results in a new appreciation of your masterpiece.
Tangled Tidbits -
*pretty highlights accent all three tangles
*Trella features dots, perfs, aura, and shading

From Ria Matheussen (Belgium) ~
I draw the strings on a square tile and then I cut out a triangle and painted the background with watercolours. The strings dissappeared in N'Zeppel.
When the drawing was ready, I also used some ordinary colourpencils to become a bit stronger colours.
I like Trella very much, it offers a lot of possibilties to make variations.
Thank you for this lovely challenge and I wish you a nice, sunny weekend.Warm regards from Belgium
Tangled Tidbits -
*very dimensional Florz
*white stemmed Trella layered atop the tangles

From Susan (United Kingdom) ~
Thank you for sharing your new tangle. I used it as a border with some little individuals as well. When deciding which way up the tile should be, it really looked best to me standing on a corner. So here it is along with the complementary pattern on my garden table! many patterns!
Tangled Tidbits -
*airy Trella border
*accent of single Trella droops

From Renee Womack (Austin, Texas) ~
Loved the tangles for the week (some of my faves) but not really loving how they came together for me. Oh well, still had a good relaxing time creating it which if the most important to me.
Thank you again for all the work you do on this. I really do love to see everyones work.

Tangled Tidbits -
*yummy spiral and arcs of Florz
*dotted and dashed aura around a beautifully shaded Trella

From Susie (Thailand) ~
Thanks so much for Trella. It is a fun tangle and I really enjoyed playing around with it. The blue one I did first, but as soon as I had it finished and made my “DONE” hook at item “IAST 194” that the idea hit me, to draw Trella just to one side – like a droopy willow branch. So out came all my tools again and the result is now 2 hooks at item IAST 194.

Tangled Tidbits -
*single Trella splints into two
*pink perfs add berries to Trella
*wispy, willowy Trella
*gorgeous, glowing, yellow highlights and shadowed shading

From Trudi (Woodview, Ontario, Canad) ~
Adele your pictures of Italy were beautiful and that hotel room was to die for! That is a wonderful husband you have there. How nice you named Trella after your granddaughter Ella. Here is my version of it.
Thank you so much.
Tangled Tidbits -
*striped and sparkled spaces between Trella's droops and curls
*curved grids for Florz and N'Zeppel

From Anoeska Waardenburg (Gouda, The Netherlands) ~
First of all; thank you for the warm welcome after IAST 192! Unfortunately I missed last weeks challenge due to our vacation. Today we came home and I found this challenge. I hope I’m still in time to participate. Your new tangle Trella is lovely! I will probably end up using it more often. Thanks for sharing.
Welcome back!
Tangled Tidbits -
*luscious layering of pretty Trella variations
*pop of Trella atop Florz grid

From Karin (Germany) ~
here is my entry for this week.
It was a brilliant combination of three wonderful patterns.Greetings from Germany
Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines, dots, and shading pop Trella to the foreground
*radiating rays for Florz

From Kate (United Kingdom) ~
My contribution to this week's challenge. I had fun using your new
tangle, also N'Zeppel which is one of my favourites. I'm so pleased
that you had such a good time on your visit to Italy - so many beautifulplaces to see, and Rome, my favourite city!
Tangled Tidbits -
*a drop of black, sparkled perfs for Trella - in the droops and on the tips of the curls
*two intersecting Trella, aura-ed as one

A few days later, Kate sent this ~
Woke up in the night and couldn't get back to sleep so I ended up
tangling a different version of the tile I did yesterday. I know I've
already sent you my contribution but thought you might like to see this
much more 'dramatic' middle of the night version. No shading - tired
 I think it safe to say that many of us can relate to sleepless nights and tired-eyed tangling :)
*bold contrasts of black and white
*weighted aura

From Susie (St. Louis, Missouri) ~
I'm usually a black and white tangle person, but this was too busy to just shade. I used Derwent Inktense pencils. I love the way the colors pop when you add water to them.
Tangled Tidbits -
*little black perfs accent Florz and Trella
*soft colors and shading

From Cyndee Pelley (Oklahoma) and here on her blog ~
Hello Adele! I am sure enjoying your posts about Fabriano! I can almost feel giddy along with you in the enjoyment of so much wonderful paper!
Here's my Trella Tile...I started my tile (first tile), shown last, but I stopped after adding Florz and shading it. It looked good but as I was thinking about whether or not to add a fill in the blank florz squares, I began to wonder if Trella would work as a fragment in a reticulum. So, I played with it in a grid and came up with some variations for the grid, though I'm not sure they could be classified as fragments. Since it's a new pattern I thought you might be interested in seeing the grid tile and the first tile, but the offical one to post is first here.
I really enjoyed my Trella journey so thanks for the great pattern, and challenge! I hope Trella is a smashing success!

Thank you for taking us on your Trella journey.
Tangled Tidbits -
*striped, sparkled, and perf filled Trella
*yin and yang Trella variation
*creative Trella variations change as they pass through the string sections
*light touch of Trella hovers over softly shaded Florz

 From Barbara (Germany) ~
so unhappy to have less time to tangle. But your challenge is a "must-do" for me. Trella is a unknown pattern and I needed a bit exercises. And here is my tile for today.
Wish you and and all the people outside a wonderful spring.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*again, Trella sections aura-ed as a whole  (Isn't it fun to see similarities like this occur?!)
*shading alone Trella's main lines, inner aura, and outer edges

From Sharon Fite (California) ~
I love hearing about your fabulous trip to Italy!
I wasn't able to send my Lily tile in time due to a bout of stomach flu last weekend. I've included it here if you choose to share. Like others, I'm a big fan of Lily's work and was sorry to hear about her family situation. Sending her peaceful thoughts!
I'm also sending my tile for this week. Your new tangle, Trella, yielded lots of good design possibilities. Cheers!
 For Lily - thank you for sending this in.

Tangled Tidbits -
*a spray of Trella, curls turn into spirals
*pointed edges for a spiraled Florz

From Jody Genovese, CZT (New York) ~
Your photos and stories from Italy are wonderful! It is taking me back to my honeymoon, which was 11 years ago last week. I told my husband about your trip and he said, “Well then I will have to take you there too.” Not sure when, but I am hoping to sign that guest book too!
Can’t wait to see more. Your dinner date is a real keeper :o)
So glad you had a wonderful time and are home safely. Here is my tile with your beautiful new pattern.
Sending warm greetings from New York!
Yes, Jody, you really must go.  I hope that by posting my story and photographs, that more tanglers will visit Fabriano and fill the guest book.
Tangled Tidbits -
*shadow shading of Florz elevates Trella
*awesome variations of Trella - aura from each droop to a curl, weighted lined curls, scalloped aura, just to name a few

From Marla Mendenhall (California) ~
Another lovely new pattern, Adele, full of grace, whimsy, and endless embellishment potential. Looking forward to a week with a whole lot less crazy-making so I can play with it properly.Hoping all you Moms had a Happy Mother's Day.
"grace and whimsy, and endless embellishment potential" - I will cherish that description.  Thank you, Marla.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Trella border with Mooka-like curls, arua-ed and shaded
*alternating rows of solid Trella droops - very clever
*shading and detail lines transform Florz and N'Zeppel

From Matt W (Princeton, New Jersey) ~
I hope this is not too late for submission. Was done with rose micron and chalk pencils.
Tangled Tidbits -
*Trella border and whole branches
*glowing white highlights to compliment the rose Micron (that has a pretty sound to it!)

From Lin H. (Florida) ~
I'm on the road this week but was glad I still found some time to tangle and finish a tile for your latest challenge. Love your tangle Trella. I'm also loving the pictures of your Italy trip. Keep them coming! And, Happy Mother's Day on Sunday!
Tangled Tidbits -
*wispy Trella with shaded droops
*wide, shaded line spaces of N'Zeppel and a shared grid with Florz

From Anita Aspfors Westin (Rättvik, Sweden) and here on her blog ~
Here comes my entry. I liked the pattern Trella a lot! I used it with N´Zeppel and Flukes.
You seemed to have a gorgeous journey in Italy. Very interesting to read about your trip and experiences of Fabriano. As I came out as a painter after finishing artschool, I was working much with watercolor. I love the Fabriano-paper and lot´s of my watercolors are made on Fabriano!

It is beloved paper, isn't it?
Tangled Tidbits - 
*grid follows the flow of the wonderfully water colored plaid 
*Trella shines in the lighter area of the tile and picks up the sparkle on the tips of the grid lines

From Anna Houston, CZT 12 (British Columbia, Canada) ~
I really love organic tangles so this one will be one of my faves. It was fun to do the tried and true ones as well. Happy Mothers Day Adele! Am loving your Italy trip stories and pictures; thanks for sharing them!
Thank you, Anna, there is more to come...
Tangled Tidbits -
*fabulously full Trella
*super shading

From Sharyn Penna, CZT (Massachusetts) ~
Happy Mother's Day to you and all!
What a splash Trella made with a cannon ball jump right into my list of favorite tangles!
From lower right, I began with the original version ... to the lower left I added Fescu ... upper left I added many branches in Verdigogh-style ... upper right I made crazy eight leaves ... then I added shading to draw attention to Trella variations.A huge thank you for and cheers to Trella!
Tangled Tidbits -
*Whoa!  spectacular Trella variations - especially love the Verdigogh inspired one
*N'Zeppel created at the center of four Trella

From Tonia (Rhode Island) ~
I enjoyed #trella. Added #florz & #munchin. Also did fragment H-5 to fill in the #florz. Fun challenge! Thank you!

Tangled Tidbits -
*dainty Trella border and branch
*soft shading throughout

From Veena Arun (Redmond, Washington) and here on her blog ~
Here are my tiles for IAST194. I made 2 tiles (the third one is in progress). I absolutely love Trella. So many ways to draw it. I am definitely going to be using it a lot.
 Tangled Tidbits -
*aura-ed swirls in Trella droops
*lines added inside aura around Trella
*curls intertwine in Trella
*Florz and N'Zeppel share grid lines

From Ingrid (The Netherlands) ~
Happy congratulations on your newest tangle Trella. Love, love this organic tangle and it was so fun to play with it! But I have to practice a bit more.
I love to read about your wonderful Italian adventure. I am looking forward to what's coming more. Thank you for sharing!!!
In the attachment my IAST # 194 tile for this week.
Well, I hope you are still enjoying all the sweet and delightful memories you came home with from Italy.
Tangled Tidbits -
*weighted lines, shadowed shading, and lovely aura
*scalloped arua around diminishing dots

From Jutta Gladnigg (NRW, Germany) ~
This week's challenge was wonderful because your new pattern Trella is fabulous and flows right out of the pen... if the tile had not just been 3,4 x 3,4 I would have gone on and on and on. It bears so many possibilities for filling, enhancing and shading! Thank you so much for your stepout, too.
I can see and feel the movement you gave to Trella :)
Tangled Tidbits -
*deep shading adds depth to all the tangles
*white and black dots accent Trella and the border

And now...

the tile for honors...

was sent in by...

Shirley Wholsen from Queensland, Australia ~

Thank you, Adele, for another delightful tangle, your Granddaughter must be proud to have such a lovely tangle named after her.
It was a pleasure to work with.
Attached is my entry for - It’s A String Thing #194 challenge.
Tangled Tidbits -
*one glorious Trella branch springs from another
*striped, sparkled droops edged with dots and scallops
*thick and thin curls
*aura and shading of Trella float it above the background
*grids of N'Zeppel and Florz carry passed the tangles

Congratulations, Shirley!

I have a little something coming in the mail for you.
Many thanks to everyone for sending in your precious tiles.  You inspire all of us and help build this wonderfully supportive IAST community.

Special thank you to Maria Thomas for Florz and N'Zeppel , the tangles used with my string and Trella this week.  

Thank you, too, for the compliments on the photos and stories of our "Paper Pilgrimage" to Fabriano, Italy.  Part III is coming on Thursday ♡...

Check back tomorrow for "It's a String Thing" #195!