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Triangle Word Charts (updated)

If you’d like to make the triangles that we are using to construct our new Foolproof Kaleidocycle demo, here are some lovely graphs drawn by Karen Beningfield, with word charts created by Kristen Ho. We chose our beads with an eye to getting good photographs, and so the colours shown in some of the photos may be more vivid to the camera than the eye, particularly in the Complex Swirl pattern at lower left. Improvise, if you want shiny brights.

Make six of each pattern for a basic Kaleidocycle. You will want more for a bangle, but there is no need to have them all ready at once.

UPDATED: Here are all four word charts, mocked up for early release. I am still thinking about how to typeset all of these for the books, and so these are not in final form. I welcome your comments.

(Illustrated Word Charts coming next!)

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Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better.

18 comments on “Triangle Word Charts (updated)

  1. Michele Weiss
    June 28, 2022

    I have finished all my triangles for the “Foolproof Kaleidocycle “ but now I can no longer find the set up instructions (jellyfish or otherwise) for constructing the kaleidocycle. Can you help please?

    • katemckinnon
      June 28, 2022

      Hi Michele! Our entire website is being redone in background, and we will splash it open with the new Foolproof Kaleidocycle assembly, just as soon as we are done. Apologies, but everything is happening at once, so much to get ready before we begin our releases.

  2. Brenda Holder
    January 3, 2022

    I LOVE this idea, and yes I think it is absolutely a great idea and unique! Please do this!

  3. Jeannette Faber
    January 1, 2022

    Hi Kate, I’m new to this site but not new to your work. I have both your book and I’m able to follow the basics. However, I’m wondering if you will ever have in person workshops. I know Covid has really thrown us all for a loop and I’m now going anywhere right now but I would love to know if there are any plans for future workshops. I learn by seeing thing done and asking questions. I would love to attend a workshop. Thanks,

    • katemckinnon
      January 1, 2022

      Hi Jeannette! I have managed to have two workshops this winter, and we made a serious effort to make sure that we took great care to arrive healthy, play it safe while we were all together, and make sure that everyone was vaxxed and boosted. If you don’t object to this mindset, and our precautions, I would love to email with you about fitting you into one in February or March.

      • Jeannette Faber
        April 5, 2022

        Hi Kate, I’m sorry I missed the Feb and March workshop but I’m all in for the next ones you schedule. I’m fully vaccinated and boosted. Please put me on your email list. Thanks,

        • katemckinnon
          April 5, 2022

          thanks Jeannette! The blog update list really is my mailing list, so if you are subscribed here, you won’t miss a thing. Best! Kate

  4. Judy Cain
    December 31, 2021

    I have not heard from you regarding the handling of my pre-order. What shall I do? Thank you!

    Judy Cain Cortland NY


  5. bevmire
    December 31, 2021

    Thank you. I learn better by seeing things written out simply. While I understand the need for some people to understand the process and the why?, I learn best by doing first and figuring out in my own mind later. I enjoy your patterns, but (and with all due respect I appreciate that you know your audience) the instructions read like I need a degree in geometry.

    • katemckinnon
      December 31, 2021

      Do you mean the word charts and the graphs are hard to follow? If so, I am with you, I find it very difficult to read them to build the triangles. It takes me a long time to follow the patterns of another. Happily, though, you can make whatever designs you like on the triangles if you would like to make a Cycle.

      In my mind, no instructions at all have been presented yet, just two different kinds of patterns for those who like to replicate designs. It’s amazing, but many people can make the work just from the word charts, without ever looking at a photo! That’s not me, so I have strategies to do it. More soon.

      I salute your original designs, and if you would like to make your own triangles from scratch, I suggest you wait until I publish the full pattern, and then you can better evaluate the possibilities of design.

      Best to you

  6. SK Denny
    December 31, 2021

    How exciting! My printer just finished these pages, and I need to select beads. I know how I am going to spend New Year’s Eve!!! Thank you so very much.

    • katemckinnon
      December 31, 2021

      Kristen reminded me that I needed to flip the green triangle around to match what she charted, so be sure and check that if you are starting at her red star points.

  7. SK Denny
    December 31, 2021

    How exciting! My printer is working as I type, beads at the ready!

  8. Anne
    December 31, 2021

    Thank you. How many of each one do we need to make please ?

    • katemckinnon
      December 31, 2021

      Six! You can make more units (like for a bangle or long chain) but six of each is the minimum number.

  9. Summer Wintemberg
    December 30, 2021

    Hi Kate – Sorry for the interruption. I wanted to point out that for Kathryn Shriver’s lovely scatter pattern, the list of beads is missing the “G”. Thanks so much for the great word patterns and the indefatigability! Can’t wait to get to the kaleidocycles! And the “G” bead.

    Summer Wintemberg

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