Final Press Edits

Whee! It’s almost finished! Just over a week left before they slam the press doors on us, and we expect all of the bound and wrapped books in hand in the first week of September, with shipping happening in the second and third weeks. It’s going to be amazing.

Only pre-orders for Volume II will ship from my studio, signed, with the postcard package, etc. Is your order in?

preview of page from Rick-Rack chapter, CGB Volume II, Kate McKinnon 2014

Volume II Bead Assortments are up in the Shop

The lovely, Kate-selected Volume II Bead Assortments are up in the Shop, and as a pre-order special ONLY, they are offered with free shipping anywhere in the world (as long as the beads ride with a book order). This is the last book shipment from my own studio, and it’s kind of sentimental to me. Everything will be lovingly autographed, with special postcards and treats for all pre-orders of books and kits.

Europe, the UK and South Africa: Great news: Your books and kits will be mailed from within your own land, so there will be no customs delay or bother. Click here or on the photo to go to the Shop!

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I’ve loved the personal connection of doing book shipping myself, but with the success of the CGB project, things have become a little too big for me to handle. I’ve turned it all over to Amazon, Helby/Beadsmith, and (of course) all of the lovely bead shops around the country who carry the books.

We are trying to make sure that we get CGB posters to all of the bead shops who have wall space to show them, so if you haven’t recommended your favorite shop yet for a poster, do it here, in the comments!



heading to the press next week…

It’s a busy time. Volume II of CGB is finally headed to the press, heavy, glittering, stuffed with work from all over the world. Volume I is heading in for a second printing, with a dozen new pages.

As soon as we sign the press proofs (in 3 weeks, probably) we will release the digital PDF version of the second volume to pre-orders. The last day to officially be a Pre-Order is tomorrow. Have you reserved your copies yet? Don’t wait. The pre-order package is very pretty.

Our beautiful poster, “56 Pieces”, is also shipping now, and if you’d like a copy, you can order one here (choose laminated, or unlaminated). They are 18 x 24″, simply glorious, and they ship rolled, in hard tubes, anywhere in the world. Shipping in the UK, Europe, and the USA is particularly affordable, as we have distribution in all three zones. Elsewhere.. spendy.

Final NYC Poster web



Shipping updates

Don’t forget to check our Shipping Updates tab above if you’d like information on poster shipping, book completion, or how we are handling the concept of complimentary copies for contributors.

Susan Vachon FT Spread from CGB Volume II Kate McKinnon

Poster, “56 Pieces”, is shipping now!

Posters are in, gorgeous, and shipping- they will arrive all month, I expect. We are sending them free to bead stores that sell Delicas and seed beads, so if you’d like to make sure your favorite store gets one, please leave the name of it (and if possible the mailing address and web site) of it in the Comments section.  We love our bead stores, and want to send them pretties and feature them in our living Index.

Have you ordered your copy yet?

posters are shipping


This is what we are working on today. Pages 1-215 of Volume II. So much beautiful, original work; tens of thousands of hours went into the beadwork alone, and the work is from hundreds of people from all over the world. Just… wow. There are 5o more pages right behind these.

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Almost to press


Have you pre-ordered Volume II yet? Pre-orders will be the only ones that ship from my studio, with bookplates, kisses, and postcards… Pre-orders also get a pre-release PDF copy of the book as soon as the press starts rolling- just a few weeks now! Single copies available as well. As I will be working on another project, after the first shipping books will come from Helby/Beadsmith (wholesale), my assistant Lysa, in Seattle (web orders),, or (best of all) your local bead store.

Dini Alves draft spread from CGB Vol II

It is rather a busy week here at CGB HQ, where I continue to keep some 50 pages utterly secret, madly make minor adjustments for major results, as the Team as a whole begins to have our vision come into line, as in the optometrist’s office, when the multiple lenses suddenly produce clarity.

THIS is the moment in book-making that I personally live for, and this is the moment so often truncated or denied by publisher’s deadline. I realize I demand your patience, but also I say to you: ravish what has already been released; surely an entire book’s worth of new ideas (and some great patterns) can be found on this very site. Have you tried an Elegant Guide Round yet? An Exploding Round? My seemingly radical but actually very tame and useful Peyote Turn? Made a Pagoda? A Layered Rick-Rack? A Zig-Wing Bangle? Those are all huge ideas. The books explore them in depth.

Please note that a more final draft of Basics was uploaded to the Pattern Library link this morning. Please replace your download, if you want to be current. There is some new material. The paper books and Live eBook versions of the Two Volume Set will have more pages, just because I want them to be special. But all of the ideas are in the Library, for free.

Are you subscribed to this blog? If so, you’ll get this in your email (look in the right sidebar to see- it will either tell you that you are subscribed, or ask you if you’d like to). If you want updates on our progress, it’s definitely the thing to do.

Page from draft Basics chapter, CGB Volume II, Kate McKinnon

beadwork by Lisa Harrison and Eileen Montgomery, using our rather elegant indeed Elegant Guide Round. You can add one to anything! Try it.

Anyway. We are quite close now to submitting to press. And, when we sign the Press Edits, and the wheels begin to roll, we will release the book digitally, but only to pre-orders. Does that include you? Pre-order here (single copies also available). The $60 special ends the day I sign the proofs, and then the set, when ordered together, will be $75.

Personally, I feel like a wizard whipping up a universe from threads of everyone; what a privilege this is. A HUGE thank-you to the over 600 active participants in the building of the books who have allowed me to love you, love your work, and weave you into the fabric of this beautiful, living world of craft.

The two-volume set will endure… I have a little feeling.

In light of how beautiful this project has turned out to be, and the range it’s had only in a small, independent first release,  you will understand why I am taking the extra months, weeks, hours and minutes to make sure that no one is forgotten, that there are no glaring errors. It’s my time; I’m giving it. I only ask your patience, and only for a short time longer.

I love you; I gave myself over to this adventure over three years ago, heart and soul, and my time is coming, I see myself getting soft things together, putting back a jar of Nutella, just in case.

I am doing a large printing; what rolls off of those presses will be what stands.
Gotta get it right.

S0- stay tuned- and definitely check out the new Basics section!