an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators

bead retreats and deep connections

We had a small CGB retreat here at the house earlier this month, and it was another magical time. I miss the research team meetings for their sheer power, but … Continue reading

May 26, 2023 · 11 Comments

It’s time to ask for your support!

Greetings all, what a long time it’s been since I lifted my head to write an update. Forgive my silence, I’ve been working. Karen Beningfield, Kathryn Shriver and I have … Continue reading

May 22, 2023 · 10 Comments

Thank you

Thank you to everyone who pre-ordered the Pattern Book yesterday, or emailed, signed up for a workshop, or bought beads. It was great to hear from you all and it … Continue reading

February 15, 2023 · 1 Comment

New Workshops and Bead Retreats!

Hello! Please have a look at our new Shop offerings- the Pattern Book and Colouring Book are back up for pre-order, there are new bead assortments available, and we have … Continue reading

February 14, 2023 · Leave a comment

Updates: Free Pattern Releases + Upcoming Publications

Free Illustrated Test Patterns from the upcoming CGB Pattern Book The Complex Swirl Triangle Chart only The Red Flower and the Blue Butterfly Cycles gorgeous Kaleidocycle patterns The Six-Pointed Flat … Continue reading

February 14, 2023 · 4 Comments

Star Spiral Swatch Pattern Release

Greetings, all, and please enjoy the next free pattern release from our upcoming CGB Pattern Book, which is in final assembly right now. We will have another update tomorrow about … Continue reading

February 12, 2023 · 2 Comments

the spirit of giving

Good morning all! We are finishing up the last two of the series of our free tutorials- the Star Spiral is coming up next, along with an easy lesson on … Continue reading

January 17, 2023 · 76 Comments

direct link to Surface Design article

For those who were having trouble with the email link, here is a new one. Download as PDF or click the image. Don’t mind the small errors, it happens.

January 2, 2023 · 2 Comments

welcome to a new year

Happy New Year to all of you! We continue to work tirelessly on our next set of pre-releases – digital, print and news-wise. Please check in at our website at … Continue reading

January 2, 2023 · 13 Comments

Thank you

I just wanted to drop a personal note into the stream this morning to acknowledge the nature of this project, which is the questing light and life force of the … Continue reading

December 14, 2022 · 30 Comments
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