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Cone time!

Christina Vandervlist generously shared her Double Coneflower Ring for our Friday update, and in her tutorial you can learn how to make single or connected Cones. If you have pre-ordered, you should already have a password to the page.  Enjoy! Christina’s email is on the tutorial, if you have questions, or as always feel free to leave a comment on the page. We want to hear from you, and we want to see your Cones!

Below, Kate’s Cone Of Delight, on handmade fine silver findings, with a beautiful lampworked bead by Joyce Rooks.

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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.

21 comments on “Cone time!

  1. Jodie
    September 6, 2012

    I am having problems with the double-cone-ring as well. Something about the pictures/instructions just does not compute. So I’ll wait until the Friday update and try again to figure it out. I know it has got to be something simple that I am just missing!

    • katemckinnon
      September 6, 2012

      Check out the Single Cone pattern that went up tonight- that should clarify matters, See what you think of the changes to the illustrations- we now show the entire starting band in the drawing showing the critical join.

  2. jensee
    September 4, 2012

    I still can’t open the directions. My cursor just skips across the box when I try to type in the PW. I’ve refreshed, re-booted, tried with the FaceBook page, and I can’t get in.

  3. Spiritbead
    September 4, 2012

    Hi, Sandy! No worries; I think we’ve got it covered to give you single Cones for this week’s update treat and you can always email me directly (email on instructions); I’m perfectly happy to try to help you out! – Christina (PS – No one is born knowing how to bead; we all have to learn so cut yourself some slack and enjoy the process of learning a new technique – this is supposed to be FUN! *G*)

  4. sandi
    September 4, 2012

    Thanks so much. Sorry to have interrupted your packing and vacation prep. Have a great trip.

    • katemckinnon
      September 4, 2012

      Hey, this is important! Besides, I’m packed, and working on Friday updates, so your comment was exquisitely timed.

  5. sandi weis
    September 4, 2012

    Help! Are you going to have additional directions for making cones in the book? I was so excited to be introduced to cones but I seem to have a mental block when trying to read these directions and illustrations. Basically do you just do tubular square stitch with increases when you want to start flaring out? Perhaps one illustration with a continuous thread path to show how the tube is constructed would be helpful. Sorry I’m such a dunderhead. I’m usually quite adept at complicated patterns. Thanks…

    • katemckinnon
      September 4, 2012

      Yes, absolutely, illustrations in book format for single cones are coming. Will try to make them for this weekend’s update if possible. It isn’t tubular, it’s just making a chain of two beads, and then overlapping it to join it. Square stitch, one or two beads at a time, adds to each row in turn as they spiral around together.

  6. evelyne
    September 1, 2012

    Quel beau travail c’est splendide

  7. Sarah (Saturday Sequins)
    September 1, 2012

    Kate, both pieces are fantastically beautiful!

    I could see making beaded cones for multistrand necklaces. Or, because I’m a dork, party hats for Barbies and action figures. 🙂

    • katemckinnon
      September 1, 2012

      Oh, you KNOW that we have photographed them all over our action figures. I have a great shot of Captain Kirk holding a cone, and wearing another one as a hat. And Godzillas, and cone bras for Barbies. Yes. We have done all of these! How could we not?

  8. susan perzanowski
    September 1, 2012

    Kate, I am trying to open the tutorial but it won’t open for me…any advice? Also what will you be presenting in the way of round shapes? I want to make beaded uteruses but am not sure where to start…Thanks

    • katemckinnon
      September 1, 2012

      You need to click on the orange link- then a new page will open. Click the name of the file, and the PDF reader will open up. Sorry for the multiple clicks. Next on my list is to get it all loaded into an e-book app, so that people can just suck them up and move along.

  9. Barbara
    September 1, 2012

    even if i cannot spell…..

  10. Barbara
    September 1, 2012

    oooh love your peice Kate, well love them both…..x

  11. Sandy
    August 31, 2012

    Any idea why my password won’t print in the provided box?

    • katemckinnon
      August 31, 2012

      I’m not sure what you mean by “won’t print?”
      Do you mean you try to type it in and nothing happens? I’d try refreshing the page if that’s what you mean.

  12. Charlotte
    August 31, 2012

    It really is so beautiful. I love it.

  13. Christina Vandervlist
    August 31, 2012

    Sigh – I just love this piece – so pretty and perfect….

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