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CGB Talk at UCLA this Monday, tune in here

Greetings! I’m happy to say that we expect to be back together as a team soon, as we are all now getting vaccinated and should be able to travel, etc. … Continue reading

April 3, 2021 · 6 Comments

vaccine news and a peek of Spines and Spirals

I read with eagerness that I and my US team will finally qualify for COVID vaccinations as of May. This is great news and I hope it comes true. I … Continue reading

March 14, 2021 · 4 Comments

February, 2021: publication updates

It is almost incredible to me to type the date. I cannot fathom that the pandemic is still ongoing, or that there are people who are too selfish to wear … Continue reading

February 10, 2021 · 17 Comments

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 · 3 Comments

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 · 29 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
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