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


We’re so close to press time now we can almost hear the UPS truck pulling up in the driveway. Tomorrow an exciting thing happens- we put over 180 of the approximately 240 pages of Contemporary Geometric Beadwork up on the Specials For Pre-Orders page, for the early enjoyment of our pre-order customers.

The first files to load will go up on Saturday morning, US time, and will be beautiful clean PDF files of the book spreads. They look stunning on the IPad, or other tablets. We’ll take comments on those files for a few days, perhaps make changes or additions, and then, by the end of the week (perhaps sooner) we will have page number coordination with the press, and we will fill in the page references and upload those pages as an App, readable just like any eBook.

The 60 extra pages that we are holding back from our special digital pre-release are our full Basics section, which will bring even absolute beginners along easily and enjoyably, our Cones and Geometric Chains section, a bit of Gallery, the covers, and the Introduction for Backwards Readers. CGB is HUGE- our pre-release of 184 pages is larger by far than most of the beady books on the market. Wait until you see the whole thing, thunking into your mailbox, spiral bound, full of surprises.

Yes, surprises. Still, after all of this showing and sharing, we have surprises for you.

Cones of Darkness, a lariat by Christina Vandervlist, from Contemporary Geometric Beadwork, 2012, Kate McKinnon

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. Find her at or on some city street, walking fast, smiling at strangers.

10 comments on “Whee!

  1. Danielle McElroy Brown
    December 18, 2012

    I was on the pre-order list for this book pretty much from the start, I was intrigued with what was to come. i have followed the creation of the book through Kate’s Blog, and the books pre order fb page and printed off every pattern and many of the photos that were posted. I not only wanted to look at them, I NEEDED to study them. I downloaded the PDF’s on Saturday evening, and spent some serious time just looking. This book is amazing! Kate’s attention to details, her artistic eye, and her dedication have made this book a serious work of art. I am in some serious awe and cannot wait to hold the spiral book in my hands, and turn each page only when I am ready. Praise to all her collaborators and all the contributors, and all the amazing pieces that have made, and are making this book just SPECTACULAR! This is a MUST have book !

    • katemckinnon
      December 18, 2012

      What a lovely review, thank you so much, Danielle!

  2. Diane
    December 15, 2012

    Wow, Wow, WOW!!! I am doing the happy bead dance all day!!!

  3. Christine Mole
    December 15, 2012

    Looking truly amazing. Can’t wait to see the final printed copy.

    • katemckinnon
      December 15, 2012

      I’ve got your neat lamp slotted into the Gallery pages! Coming with the paper book!

  4. journeyhouselaura
    December 14, 2012

    cannot wait. especially the basics section as I am new to this technique. Happy launch!!! L

    • katemckinnon
      December 14, 2012

      You will be pleased to receive the paper book, then, lots of good basic info in there.

      • journeyhouselaura
        December 14, 2012

        As I impatient, I am going to try a project tomorrow and hope for the best. Any idea of when the hard copy will be ready?

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