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


Our first Ever So Helpful Video is up on YouTube, for free viewing, and it features Kate demonstrating an MRAW Bellyband (including the join) and the building of a Tri-Wing Ring.

This video is very informative, and shares a variety of tips about the Band, peyote increases, not missing step-ups, and how to hold the beadwork in progress for best results.

Click the Quality wheel on the YouTube screen to watch in hi-def, and the Large Player or Full Screen to really see what’s going on. Please feel free to comment and share; this is the first of a series, and your input is welcome.

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.

8 comments on “YouTube!

  1. Nancy Smith
    July 12, 2013

    very cool — and doable, too. Clear instructions, pretty product. Thanks.

  2. Jennifer Lane
    April 24, 2013

    The video is fantastic, thank you Kate. A great help.

  3. Ellie Grossman
    April 24, 2013

    The video was fabulous! I had been struggling with joining the band and know I totally get it! (((Kate)))
    Will you be making a video of the zig zag band?

    • katemckinnon
      April 24, 2013

      Yup. All of the Basics.

      • devorahtwo
        April 24, 2013

        I’m sending you a huge hug for your help and brilliance! You are the best!

        • katemckinnon
          April 24, 2013

          Thanks! The Zigged Band tutorial is up, in glittering HD if you want to click it up there. Full screen HD, you can see Every Bead. : )

  4. Joan Furilla
    April 24, 2013

    Thanks for this video Kate. Especially at the join of the belly band I had been having some trouble conceptualizing what needed to happen and often had put the join together incorrectly, taken it out and done it again until it looked right. This video really displayed for me what needs to happen there. It is very clear.

    • katemckinnon
      April 24, 2013

      Thanks, Joan- I had to figure it out too… I well remember the step-ups I missed, the joins I did incorrectly… how excited I was when I realized that I could simply stroll over to another step-up location, or simply turn work over to be going the same direction… : )

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