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Friday, April 8, 2011

Review of the Revised Alphatangle book

Revised Alphatangle book by Sandy Steen Bartholomew

Original                      Revised
Pages: 62                    Pages: 68
Size: 4" x 4"                Size: 4.5" x 5.5"
Cover Color:Black        Cover Color: Red
No instruction              Instruction: Tools--All You Really Need
                                  Instruction: The Basic Steps
                                  Steps are shown for: Printemps, Hollibaugh, Ennies

Alphatangle isn't meant to be a teaching book. It's a handy-dandy reference that shows beautiful examples of many patterns, but not the steps to creating them.  It does not show how to draw the patterns.  I emphasize this, because it's a delightful book, but people can be disappointed if they are expecting something different.

The original version is slightly more portable because of its smaller size.  The
revised version has four pages of instruction for beginners. 

Not all of the tangles in the book are official tangles, and not all of the official tangles are shown, but this is the largest collection of them to be found (unless you take the CZT training).  If you want a small reference, easily carried, then this is the book for you.

I carry the original version of Alphatangle with me all the time, and it has started to fall apart (I've lost the opening page!), so it was a no-brainer for me to buy this revised version.  Amazon says they still have 1 new of the Original available, but I don't believe it's available elsewhere unless someone is selling it on ebay.



Tangle Examples in Book
Title
Ahh
Ambler
Avreal
Bales
BB
Beelight
Braze
Bumper
Cadent
Chillon
Courant
Crescent Moon
Cubine
Cyme
Drupe
Echoism
Eke
Emingle
Ennies
Evoke
Fescu
Finery
Flukes
Flux
Frondous
Gneiss
Hibred
Hollibaugh
Hurry
Ibex
Isochor
Jetties
Jonqual
Juke
Kathy's Dilemna
Keeko
Knase
Knightsbridge
Lace
Locar
Man-o-man
Marasu
Meer
Msst
Munchin
Mysteria
Nekton
Nipa
Onamato
Opus
Paradox aka Rick's Paradox
Pepper
Pinch
Pokeleaf
Printemps
Quabog
Quipple
Raddox
Rain
Sampson
Sedgling
Shattuck
Squill
Striping
Tortuca
Twing
Umble
Vega
Verdigogh
Vermal
Vitruvius
W-2 (Warp & Weft)
Warble
XYP
Yincut
Ynix
Zander

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the review!! :-)
    And BTW, all the patterns, except for "Lace" are official Zentangles. But you are correct, not ALL the official tangles are shown. I still have the "vintage" Alphas on my Etsy site and i will add the new ones soon too. One great thing about having the new books is that they are machine bound. The vintage books (which I self-published) were too small for them to be bound on the press. So they were hand-glued.

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