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!


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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.

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(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.

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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.

The Volume II galleys are here!

The press sent over the galley proofs for Volume II, and they are very beautiful. Today will be spent combing over them; once they go back, there is no going back. The presses will roll. Tomorrow, or the next day, it’s up to me. Probably the next day. I’d like to give my Edit Team a chance to spend a day with the finished manuscript, as we are still finding tiny things; a footer here, a comma there.

There is just a little time left to order one of the beautiful Bead Assortments from my studio. These will be special, and will certainly include (but hardly be limited to) what is shown here. They also strongly support the project, as does every order of every thing, and BEADS SHIP FREE WITH BOOKS, even overseas. Available in two sizes, $125/$250.

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Teaching copies available!

Click here to order!

When we printed the original edition of Volume I, we ran off a lot of extra full colour copies on environmentally friendlier 100# matte paper. Back then, I wanted to print all of the books that way, but the colour wasn’t quite as sparkly as I wanted it, so for most of the first run, I went with gloss paper. However, the matte pages were fantastic to write on, non-glare, and the paper was lovely soft, and thick.  I bound some of the matte prints into books, and those are the copies that we sell on

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During this past year, I thought about binding more matte books with our remaining copies, but decided on making teaching copies instead. We separated 500 of the book prints into chapters, stapled them, and they are now available to order.

Each chapter is exactly as it appears in the book, and chapters range between 25 pages (Zigs & Zags) to 50 pages (Glorious Combos & Cones). That’s a huge number of colour copies – unaffordable except for a press run. So we did it for you, for only $3 per chapter.

But please order them now, because when they are gone, they are gone.
Minimum order 12 sets/$36.

Just a note- the updates to Volume I do not affect the technical information- these teaching copies will match both editions of the first book.

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Click here to order!