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Once a piece, any shape, is knotted and spoke-strung for teneriffe, working a design is very simple. In most cases, for our purposes, it is begun from the center, where the spokes cross, and worked outward. The spokes themselves determine, to a large degree, the shape of a design, because the peaks and flairs are the natural shapes that result from weaving in and out of the spokes. Once that's understood, interpretation of any picture of teneriffe becomes very simple. And the weave is just 'in and out,' like how the most basic reed basket weave is worked. To create boundaries, simply go around your predetermined edge spoke(s) and then back again, and the weave automatically alternates.

As for patterns, any photo of a teneriffe piece will serve perfectly as a pattern. And there are some beauties on the internet, including in the PNG Gallery. If a certain photo is hard to see, and you have a decent graphics program, such as Paint Shop Pro, you can enlarge the photo to the point where it is readable as a pattern.

This works--trust me! It's how I do it; it's the only way I've ever done it. To avoid copyright infringement, and also because it's nice to make it your own individual creation, alter it. Look at a piece that you like but don't love and imagine what you would change to make it perfect for you. Then do it.

The following graphics are an example of this type of alteration. The first graphic is an illustration similar to a graphic I had seen elsewhere. The second is my interpretation of it. I envisioned the bird with a rounded tail, a French knot for the eye, more bulk on the lower wings beyond the joints.

SOMEONE ELSE'S BIRDmy bird

Someone else's bird

My bird

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