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Bright colours to carry us forward

Colour is an amazing force, and just experiencing clear and positive colours can help people feel strong, spirited and creative. Below in this post are some joyful pieces made from … Continue reading

January 11, 2022 · 2 Comments

More Bead Assortments in the Shop

I’ve added a few more bead assortments to the CGB shop. There are now Warm and Cool options for the 9-Bead Delica Assortments ($75 each) and a curated colourway from … Continue reading

January 7, 2022 · 4 Comments

Updates, and more thoughts on visual charting

Good morning all, I hope you are settling into 2022. Today I will begin mailing out all of the beautiful new bead assortments, working to finalize the visual charts to … Continue reading

January 4, 2022 · 15 Comments

Illustrated Word Charts?

One of our last jobs before we print is to choose a final format for our word charts, so we’ll be spending the next 12 weeks refining them. Our goal … Continue reading

January 2, 2022 · 73 Comments

An animation and a word chart for those learning to make peyote triangles (updated)

Welcome to the New Year! I am happy to be full of progress and forward motion, and hopeful for a new kindness to rise in us all as we turn … Continue reading

January 1, 2022 · 5 Comments

Triangle Word Charts (updated)

If you’d like to make the triangles that we are using to construct our new Foolproof Kaleidocycle demo, here are some lovely graphs drawn by Karen Beningfield, with word charts … Continue reading

December 30, 2021 · 14 Comments

End of Year Updates

Greetings to you at the end of the year. I hope this finds you well. As promised, this is me, being in touch with you before year end. Please read … Continue reading

December 30, 2021 · 9 Comments

Paper books!

One of the pieces of news I have been waiting on for our pre-order transitions is whether or not we would get a press date in Spring, and happily I … Continue reading

December 22, 2021 · 23 Comments

Kaleidocycle Faces

The very first thing to understand about Kaleidocycles are how the individual pattern faces are made. There are six triangles per pattern face, and they are partnered together in sets … Continue reading

December 18, 2021 · 11 Comments


I can’t wait to show you our upcoming new Foolproof Kaleidocycle pattern, I’m very happy with it and it’s my new favorite assembly (although Kathryn’s Jellyfish Assembly above is awfully … Continue reading

December 16, 2021 · 14 Comments
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