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Tri-Wing Rings in the Shop!

(cross posted from Kate’s blog)

Our week has been all about Instructions. When I see that word, I always think of Neil Gaiman’s poem about how to cope if you suddenly find yourself in a fairy tale. “Trust the wolves, but do not tell them where you are going…Hearts can be well-hidden, and you betray them with your tongue.” 

The instructions we are writing are of a somewhat different type; all involving the magic of circular peyote. We’ve had quite a time of deciding what goes into the kits, what into the book, and what into the videos, and I suppose we finally know. Really, the hardest part was deciding on colourways for the kits. We need to have at LEAST six colours ($45 with DVD instructions) and we’d prefer to hand out fourteen. That gets spendy ($85 with DVD instructions) but really, few things in art are less satisfying than a limited palette. Each color comes in a 7.5 oz tube, which is plenty to work with, and we have tons of photos showing the many ways that they combine. It’s fair to say that we have worked for two solid months to arrive at the colours we chose. Each tube comes clearly marked with Miyuki colour numbers.

All of these colours (plus many more) are in the Expanded Kit

I got tremendous shots of the tricky spots in the point rows, and the decrease, and all in all I’m hugely happy with our presentation. The DVDs will have boatloads of photos, several innovative modified RAW starts, and a whole lot of suggestions for advanced beaders or enthusiasts to rock on with. And buyers of the kit who have also purchased the book will not feel remotely cheated when the book arrives, because the kit isn’t just lifted from the book, it’s a full, exquisite preview, and features different pieces than those that will be stepped out in the Triangle chapter. We don’t expect to deliver the book until February, so this will tide people over. I’ve got almost three months in on this one idea, and could easily spend another three years exploring it.

Those asking for hand shots, they are coming. The rings are very wearable; the Tri-Tip is admittedly more of a cocktail, pinky or thumb ring, but if worn with the points facing the palm, it does neatly fold toward the palm when the hand bends, so can still be worn during an active or work day. But if you want complete wearability for everyday, we show variations with only two owlish points.

You can order yours in the Shop, at this link. And only for a short while- this is a one time limited edition offering, and when they are gone, they’re gone. Kits will ship September 9th.

Attention Test Beaders- your version of this is different- we are sending you one full pattern not in the kit or book, and no beads, so if you want the full-on version, you won’t regret getting the kit as well.

All of these colours except the pink and the red 14 tip beads are in the Basic kit. The Expanded kit contains all basics, plus other shades, shapes, and sizes.

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

3 comments on “Tri-Wing Rings in the Shop!

  1. Francesca Watson
    August 26, 2011

    I (sort of) volunteered to be a test beader in the “rank beginner” category – I never heard back, and I’m assuming that means I didn’t get selected. No hurt feelings or anything, but just making sure I didn’t miss something.

    • katemckinnon
      August 26, 2011

      You must have just not seen my reply- we love rank beginners and you are definitely on our Test Beader list. That packet isn’t ready to go yet, but soon.

      • Francesca Watson
        August 26, 2011

        Oh wow! How cool!!! So glad I asked. (Doing a happy dance!)

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