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

Horned Rick-Rack

We’ve had many requests for more peeks at Gabriella van Diepen’s exciting Horned Rick-Rack cuff. How can we refuse you? This is a view that you haven’t seen before, and it shows you the double layer that she put at the base, to help the cuff carry the horns without distorting.

It’s much like CoCo Chanel sewing chain into the lower hems of her jackets and pants to perfectly weight them, hmm? We can show you how to do this double layer quite simply and as a function of the start of the piece, but  unless you are a Bead Genius (and of course many of you are) you might want to save the diagonal horns to whip up after your first Horned Bangle, or Horned Melon, or Tri-Horn Ring/Cat Crown.

Personally I think it’s great to have pieces in the book that will challenge and entice advanced beaders, plus of course it’s tremendously good for beginners to see where the simple forms in the front of the book will take them with a bit of practice. Our challenge is to smooth the path, by being clear about the connections and careful with our words.

photo by Jeroen Medema, 2012

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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 “Horned Rick-Rack

  1. gilly utting
    August 21, 2012

    yes but WHEN do we get the book? I am SO looking forward to it,the challenges and the whole darn thing. c’mon…….stop teasing please

    • katemckinnon
      August 21, 2012

      Hi! If you have read our update (Letter to Pre-Orders) or followed our progress, you will know that we decided to spend the time to get the photographs that no one else seems willing to get. It takes time- I will not be making this book again, and it has to be right. This is why we went the self-release, pre-order route instead of making a traditional book for a publisher. So, I’m afraid that the answer is that you have to wait until we sign off on it, until we think we have made the best book we can. It will be at least another month, probably even two.

      I hope you stick with us- also, we aren’t teasing, we are DELIVERING! The instructions for making Wings are right there in the Tri-Wing Ring project, up on the Specials For Pre-Orders page. We have instructions for a Power Puff Bangle (the Caldera) an advanced and intricate Helix Bangle, the Tri-Wing, the Power Puff Ring,and discussions and photos on a handful of assorted variations.

      And every Friday, another cool thing will go up.

      Part of the great thing about these final months, also, is that by delivering content ahead of the book, we are encouraging you to begin with the beading, and giving you the opportunity to get your own work featured.
      Have you made any of our pre-release projects yet?
      We want to see!

  2. evelyne
    August 15, 2012

    les couleurs sont superbe
    bravo a la créatrice

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