CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK

an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators

Rick Rack Patterns

Triangles have taken our attention in the past week, but soon our minds will be turning to the zigzaggy Rick-Rack.

Danielle McElroy Brown made a lovely swatch for us. Have you made one? Show us!

Do you plan patterns before you begin your beadwork, or design on the fly? Or both?

The gold, red and lilac piece above is a crown or arm-band, and the swatch in progress below looks a bit awkward, but that’s because it is transforming magically into a 3-D Rick-Rack Wedge.( We’ll show you the finished piece in the book!)

photos, Kyle Cassidy. Beadwork, Danielle McElroy Brown( top) and Kate McKinnon (middle and bottom)

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon, globe-trotting writer and metalsmith, has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and loves warm weather, nice people, rides in the car, and good books.

2 comments on “Rick Rack Patterns

  1. betsy
    July 30, 2012

    The most fun is to just gather a big ol’ PILE of Beads in my current favorite color and start playing. My favorite at this moment is olive green and/or amethyst purple. And every size and shaped bead I can get my grubby little fingers on! WOOEEEE!

  2. SaraBeth Cullinan
    July 29, 2012

    Both. Sometimes I like to swing both ways. ;-p

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