Reviews are coming in!

The reviews of Volume II are rolling in, and they are raves. Most of them are collected either here on the Book Blog (see the tab at the top of the page that says “Leave A Review” or on Amazon. If you would like to add your own, we encourage it- nothing is more helpful to move a book forward in the world than a great review posted online.

Here is the link to the Amazon page for Volume II.

Rick Rack Deb B.

One of my favorite reviews on Amazon is from Stephanie Price (maker of the fabulous Walker Clasps we love, seen above in a Rick-Rack by Deb Bednarek). Check it out:

Format: Spiral-bound

Oh Man! (Sexy – did I mention it’s sexy?). Why would I use such dated references for a new book, you ask? It’s because (a) they were PIONEERS in their sphere – with their individual and recognizable styles, and (b) they were PERFORMERS. Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Vol II meets both criteria (As does Vol I for that matter).The book is brimming with beady goodness, but not crowded. It’s a book of concepts that shows you many of the possibilties of the forms – but not all of them; the world’s still waiting for YOURS! The photography alone is worth the price of the book; it is stunning in it’s clarity – with plenty of white space so the eye can take in – in exquisite detail – the lovingly stitched, and mind-blowing pieces created by bead artists around the world including the intrepid author! These pieces illustrate how easily you can take a basic form (or forms) and create something radically new. If you’re not quite ready to do that, there’s an online pattern library you can use to recreate a piece until you’re comfortable with the stitch patterns and thread paths. CGB even offers videos on YouTube that can help you out with these.

Another nice touch is the spiral binding. This book is meant to sit with you while you bead; it’s at home on the arm of the couch as much as it is on the top of your work table – no need to break it in, just take it with.

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Thanks, Stephanie! And thank you to everyone who has left a review, sent me a happy email, who ordered the book, and who has sent me photos of their work. This is a lovely moment in the project for me; I am catching my breath, preparing new videos, and working on the release of new content for the Pattern Library. Shipping was a pretty huge job (over 3000 books sent so far, all over the world) and I’m still catching up. But it won’t be long – before you know it,  I’ll wow you all over again.

If anyone in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, the UK or South Africa doesn’t have their book yet, please email me at and let me know. Unless, that is, we’ve spoken recently or you are a new order. Countries outside of those zones- please give your book until the end of October to arrive- each book must clear Customs on its own, and sometimes that takes a few weeks.


Also, speaking of Deb Bednarek, I wanted to mention a mistake that I made on the first run of the Poster Postcard. Above, you can see a glorious Helix bracelet from Volume I by Deb.  Below, a glorious Helix Bangle by Kat Oliva. Similar, yet different…


Kat Oliva Double Helix Vol II web


You can see that I used Kat’s piece for the poster (and the postcard) but mistakenly I credited it to Deb in the first run of cards, and none of us caught it.  The error is corrected now, and of course I regret the mistake. Boo! Sorry, Kat and Deb! Your pieces are similar in colourway, but different in Band.


Final NYC Poster web


Love and beads,

Shipping complete!

We have now finished shipping ALL pre-orders, wholesale orders, foreign orders, Amazon orders, teaching copy orders, shipping corrections to date, and USA posters. We will need to catch up a bit here before we can swing another poster run, and send them out to bead stores outside of the US, but it will happen.

As soon as I catch my breath, I will begin loading the Pattern Library with all of our extra resources, and preparing the live version of the two-volume set. I am also continuing to photograph work, maintain the Book Blog, and our Facebook page, so don’t think that just because Volume II has shipped, the project is over. In reality, it has only just begun; the foundation has been laid with three strong years of work, and the books are now out in the world.

Let the fun begin!

Please let me know if you do not have your US order by the end of this week (October 11)  if you do not have your Canadian order by the end of next week (October 18) and if you do not have your overseas order by the end of this month (October 31).

Email me off-blog, at, with all personal requests or shipping questions.

Jean Disrud Fortuneteller web

beadwork by Jean Disrud

The books have arrived!


Right on schedule from the press, the books have arrived, and will begin shipping immediately. ALL BOOKS will be shipped in the next 7 days, and ALL US BOOKS ARE GOING PRIORITY MAIL, so should be received no later than October 8th.


They look beautiful, and I think that you will all be very happy with them.  The Second Editions of Volume I are magnificent; they are printed on 100# gloss paper to match Volume II, and they are absolutely perfect. Book sets will ship together, and bead kits will ship with book orders. Everything ordered will be going out in the next 7 days.

There is still time to get a book kit! And just a few kits left. They are mindbendingly good, and they ship free with any book order. Get them here!


Ocean helping with boxes

Shipping of Volume II begins soon! Whee!

Volume II is scheduled to begin shipping in the third week of September!

If you pre-ordered the book, and you would like a complimentary pre-release digital download, or you have questions about your order, please leave a comment on this post that includes your name, or email me directly at, and I’ll look you up and fire one over to you.

Also, it’s not too late to add a copy of the Second Edition of Volume I, with a matching blue coil, or to ask for a bead assortment to be included with your book(s) at no extra shipping charge, EVEN OVERSEAS. But time is short. Email me.

If you would like to see the book as designed, choose “Two Page Spreads” in your PDF viewer. From Acrobat, you find this option under:  View, Page Display, and then Two Page View (or Two Page Scrolling, your choice).

For those of you who have seen the pre-release, I hope you love it! Reviews are already coming in on our Amazon review page - maybe you would like to leave one of your own? It’s the single most helpful thing a reader can do for a book that they love, to give it a good review online.

Final NYC Poster web

(I only sell full-price copies through Amazon, not meant to compete with bead or book stores, just to provide one more option for retail shopping. Also, Amazon is a wonderful place to collect reviews.)


Digital Release of Volume II To Pre-Orders


This is an exciting day here at CGB HQ.
How do you get your pre-order download, you ask?

If you’ve pre-ordered Volume II directly from me, and you want your first look to be a digital version, then please LEAVE A COMMENT on this post, or on our Facebook page, or send me an email and ask for a download link and password. We will respond with the info.

Aj Reardon Hornwing
beadwork by A.J. Reardon

I’m asking you to message me directly for two reasons- first, it’s impossible for me to email all of you. I’d need a commercial spammer’s license. And many people don’t actually want to see the PDF before they see the book. I respect that!

Secondly, though, and equally importantly, I want to take this chance to make sure my Shipping Database is sound, because I’m only one squirrel.

If you have questions about your order, or you have a new address you haven’t sent me, or if you want to add a Second Edition of Volume I to your Volume II pre-order at a discount, or ask for wholesale copies, THIS IS YOUR WEEK! I welcome your communications. Each of you will be a spot-check in my system.

Message me here on the CGB Facebook page with your question, new address, or password request, or, if that doesn’t work for you, email me at Karen Beningfield has volunteered to help (Thanks, Karen!) and we will begin answering messages this evening. Happily, we are in different time zones, so you won’t have to wait too long to hear back.

If all you need is a download password, your message will be swiftly handled as soon as the files are available (this evening). If you need changes, I’ll be back with you as I work through the messages.

Beady love,

Volume II Digital Pre-Release TOMORROW!

Exciting news! I will be releasing Volume II digitally tomorrow, but to pre-orders only. Only books ordered by the end of the day tomorrow will be on the pre-release list; orders received after August 25 will receive their download instructions in a letter with their books. Please note that this is a PDF RELEASE ONLY- the live, interactive version of the two-volume set is in production.

The updated Volume I will appear in the Pattern Library as soon as I get the final PDF from the press, probably tomorrow or Tuesday. We still expect to ship paper books in the third week of September.

Watch this space, or our Facebook page, for download instructions. Better yet, SUBSCRIBE TO THIS BLOG. It will only email you when there is new work to see, or new information to know. The “Follow” box is in the right sidebar, up top.

Not on our pre-order list yet? Order here, or click the photo below.
Choose the two-Volume set, or Volume II alone in the drop-down menu.

Also, just one week left to get your order in for a Volume II Bead Assortment with FREE SHIPPING, even overseas. Orders for beads after Sept 1 will ship separately, with actual shipping cost.

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Presses are rolling!

Both CGB Volume I (Second Edition) and the new, overstuffed Volume II are on the presses in Tennessee this week!

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Why Tennessee, you ask?

I don’t send books out of the country to print and bind them more cheaply; the rest of the industry does, though. Almost every book I see now is printed in China, where corners can be cut on everything from worker’s wages and benefits to the environmental impact of the presses and factories. I don’t want to be part of that cycle, because it’s unsustainable. So, my only choice, if I want runs of real books from a real press, made in my home country, is to act as publisher as well as writer and art director, and hire my own press and bindery.

That’s also the only way I can spiral-bind, as our publishers generally won’t do it – they think (possibly correctly) that a spiral bind devalues an art book. Spirals actually cost as much as a professionally done hardbacked bind, which seems odd, doesn’t it? I lobbied hard for my Interweave books to be spiraled, but it was a no-go. And so they are less useful, I think, easy to read, but less easy to work from.

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Anyway. We are on the press! In Tennessee! Our first bound samples should arrive in two weeks, finished books in three or four. Shipping will be in the third week of September, from Tucson.

Here are two of the new spreads slipped into Volume I, in place of the “Coming In Volume II” pages. They show work done during the creation of Volume II, but done from patterns or ideas published in Volume I.

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The original Helix pattern (Helixed things are above) was contributed by Christina Vandervlist, and the magnificent Power Puff structure (below), was contributed by Jean Power Beadwork.

Slipping these into the Second Edition of Volume I seemed a nice way to feature new Volume I work, and also to keep the work with the original patterns and designers. The pages will be included in not only the digital two-volume set, but also the Volume I eBook, which is free to people who purchased Volume I. The eBook file (PDF version) will be updated on the site on Monday, August 25, to include the new pages- 12 pages were changed/rearranged at the back of the book.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO DOWNLOAD THE ORIGINAL COPY OF VOLUME I IN PDF FORM, PLEASE DO IT BEFORE AUGUST 24. The password is the same as it was when the book was issued. (Hint: starts with “b”)

Power Puff Bangles, photos added to CGB Volume I. Pattern by Jean Power Beadwork.