I was very excited on Monday when I saw what this week's challenge was. I love working with Strircles. It's one of the big, bold patterns that can so easily be manipulated into an optical illusion. I did have to look up Hibred since I had never used it before, but it was a simple pattern and I felt I would have no problem coming up with a design that would beautifully showcase the two patterns.
So far you may think the challenge sounds simple- all you have to do is use two patterns. But that is the challenge- you can only use two patterns. I spent the better part of the week creating a great Hibred tangle that wouldn't work with Strircles, creating a great Strircles tangle that wouldn't work with Hibred, or coming up with a master idea only to realize that it had an extra pattern or two.
In the end I sort of cheated. The main tangle evolved from a sketch pad doodle. This morning it suddenly developed some holes which revealed a patch of Hibred underneath. Fascinating really. :-)