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

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 · 75 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

Superstars: Reverse Starflower Pattern Downloads

This was one of the most interesting and difficult patterns for us to present, and while the Superstars chapter is still in final edit, we wanted to share the Reverse … Continue reading

December 13, 2022 · 4 Comments

Reverse Starflower Charts

For advanced beaders who want to get started on the form in advance of our Step-by-Step pattern release, here are the charts for two Starflower patterns, a Basic and an … Continue reading

December 12, 2022 · 2 Comments

Superstar Patterns: The Reverse Starflower

In 2021, we were continuing to revel in the freedom of linear creation brought by the Casting Spine (devised by Joy Davison) and writing up all of the ensuing (and … Continue reading

December 12, 2022 · 5 Comments

Superstar Patterns: The Flat Star Download

This neat star pattern uses geometric peyote stitch with two alternating increase/decrease progressions – the Triangle Increase (also known as the Herringbone Increase) and the Hexagon Decrease (a three-round slow … Continue reading

December 11, 2022 · 29 Comments


We’re almost ready to release our first free patterns (from our Superstars chapter) and a whole lot of new CGB news – new fellowships, our first book release, our very … Continue reading

December 6, 2022 · 30 Comments

A New World

Just a note to say that I am excited to be in October, it has been a long journey since last we spoke, and as we approach our conclusion I … Continue reading

October 9, 2022
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