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Layered Rick Rack Bangle

The Layered Rick-Rack Bangle is a complete, beautiful pattern from Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, Volumes I and II, and is a free tutorial that teaches the basic MRAW Zigged Band, a simple Double Rick-Rack Bangle, and then shows you how to add an Underskirt with Kate’s beautiful Elegant Guide Round, a two-in-one threadpath easily as impressive as the MRAW Band itself.

Spread from the pattern for the Layered Rick Rack, by Kate Mckinnon

Enjoy the downloadable printable pattern, free video, and photo gallery, compliments of the project.

LAYERED RICK-RACK PATTERN, view online or download and print.

Below, Kate’s video of the MRAW Zigged Band, which shows you the easiest way to hold the beadwork when placing your increases (two beads) or your decreases (0 beads) in place of your spacers, for peaks and valleys.

You may also enjoy our Rick-Rack Graph Paper, a sizing aid from Cath Thomas.

12 comments on “Layered Rick Rack Bangle

  1. Bug
    November 5, 2017

    I am stopping in the middle of my first (of many) MRAW bands to say OMFG this is the most beautiful and structurally sound first row of anything I have ever created! Structure is a big pet peeve of mine and has kept me from creating too large of pieces, but now I am more than confidant that I can make awesome structurally bombproof accessories. Thank you! Looking forward to getting your books but for now I am playing and my mind is spinning!

  2. Maribel
    August 24, 2017

    Muchas gracias por los videos, son muy esclarecedores, aunque no entiendo el idioma, pero se aprende el punto porque se ve muy bien!!

  3. Dawn Tomlinson
    January 7, 2017

    Thank you so much for the videos! Love them. Have your first book, and cannot figure out how to do the horns. Have spent hours trying to figure it out. I’m very thorough and feel like I need to learn this before moving onto the next book. Is there a video for the horns?

    • katemckinnon
      January 7, 2017

      I should do one just for Horns, that’s a good idea! A Horn is no different than a decreased corner in a triangular Power Puff. We suggest that you do that project first, so you know the feel of a herringbone decrease. That way, when you come to decrease a Horn (which is just a corner added to a flat fabric) you will see that the decrease is the same- when you are finished increasing, simply add a Point Round (one bead) and then you can turn the corner and begin decreasing.

  4. janetgunther
    July 19, 2016

    I’d like to share some sizing information. First of all, I use size 10 beads. I just can’t handle the smaller size 11’s anymore due to eye site. I don’t find the same color selections but there are enough choices to feel creative.
    I find that if I make my initial Mraw band with a count of 8 Mraw stitches and have an event (an increase or decrease) on the 9th stitch, then I can bead 15-17 rows before it starts to feel too small and have to end it. I make 5 points in my bangles.
    You can modify from this but make sure you are using size 10 delica beads. I love Rick Rack bangles. And I look forward to the new Volume 3 book coming out this year!

  5. Judie marshall
    June 12, 2016

    Whoops , no beaders.

  6. Judie marshall
    June 11, 2016

    In your books do you address left-handed headers?

    • katemckinnon
      June 12, 2016

      Headers or beaders?
      I’m afraid we don’t discuss handedness, chirality, or the direction you choose to bead in; in most cases whether you are beading left to right, or clockwise or counterclockwise matters not at all.

  7. Rochelle Treister
    April 18, 2015

    Your videos are so wonderfully clear and your enthusiasm is so infectious! Thanks for making me feel I can be creative and not have to follow a pattern slavishly. What a gift!

  8. Teri Reed
    March 11, 2015

    I love these free tutorial videos. Especially when its a new technique to me. I learn more from videos.

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