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

Thread as Ancestral Fiber 2

The Tailor Bird uses balls of fluffy plant fiber (like the loose fiber bundles called roving) to sew leaves together to make its nest. By cleverly using its beak as … Continue reading

January 3, 2021 · 1 Comment

Thread as ancestral fiber

I was thinking this morning that the thread we bead with has a lot in common with the threads of knowledge and experience of our ancestors. The threads we cut … Continue reading

December 31, 2020 · 13 Comments

Beadwork Artists Stipend Fund / Pre-Orders Reopened

Thanks so much to the people who started off the community contributions to our Stipend Fund over Christmas – they really made a difference and spread a lot of joy. … Continue reading

December 27, 2020 · 27 Comments

Stipends for beadwork artists during the pandemic

Thank you to those in the community who have asked for a way to help support beadwork artists around the world who are struggling during the pandemic. Here is a … Continue reading

December 25, 2020 · 8 Comments

Winter Solstice Greetings

Dear Beaders, When last I wrote, I began with “we are all in a bit of crisis right now with the pandemic, America is having a contentious election, and this … Continue reading

December 19, 2020 · 64 Comments

New releases next week

I am thinking of you all, and I so miss our team getting together to work, edit, and bead in person. We are all in a bit of crisis right … Continue reading

October 27, 2020 · 14 Comments

Flower Face Cycle or Bangle: Free Pattern Release

Please enjoy one of our first free releases, a beautiful Flower Face assembly that is a bit unusual for a cycle and a fashion statement as a bracelet or bangle. … Continue reading

September 29, 2020 · 16 Comments

A Warped Hex animation from Julia Pretl

Wonderful news, the Warped Hex animation is up on our YouTube channel. If you want to try it, any six colours you love are perfect for the peyote quadrants, and … Continue reading

September 29, 2020 · 10 Comments

A peek at our upcoming Möbius Messenger Cycle and Red Flower Cycling Bangle open-source releases..

Greetings, beaders! This is an edit copy (never mind the page numbers and don’t worry about typos) of s a sneak peek of two of the patterns from our upcoming … Continue reading

September 17, 2020 · 15 Comments

Wonderful feedback

Thanks to all who read our pages yesterday and sent in photos, ideas, or gave feedback. We had some wonderful additions, quite a flood of input from all over the … Continue reading

September 16, 2020 · 21 Comments
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