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

A tumble of beauty

As we work toward the press runs of the Souvenir Calendar and Volume II of CGB, let me share with you some of the finished images that have floated off of my camera in the past two weeks.

Robin Douglas web 2

Above, Robin Douglas, an exquisite Horned Cuff with Underlayers, and below, an elegant Fortuneteller by Maddalena Tanzillo.

Maddalena Tanzillo web

Below, a Zig-Wing by Angela Wallis, tied into a couple of flower forms. There are at least four ways to tie them, if your Zig-Wing can turn inside out.

Angela flowertie 4

Angela Wallis ZigWing Flower Ties web 1


Below, a pretty Rick-Rack from Joan Diehl.

Joan Diehl web 2  Katherine Kosta ruffle wraps

Above, a surprising couple of wrap pieces by Katherine Kosta- wait until you see how she does this!

Kat Oliva web 16

Above, a Fortuneteller gone wild, by Kat Oliva.

Below, a couture-quality Horned Bangle with Rick-Rack thrills and a lovely metal chain, by Rebecca Bisgyer.

Rebecca B web 11 Rebecca Bisgyer web 10

Rebecca’s tailoring is… exquisite.

And Ina Hascher made a cute little Fortuneteller with open Horns.

Ina Hascher web 5


If you are on Facebook, you can see photos flow through every day- shots from my camera, and pieces emailed in by beaders around the world. You don’t have to be a member of the site to view our image gallery. Here’s a link!

And there is a quick-link available at all times, upper right of our page.

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 “A tumble of beauty

  1. Adeline
    December 7, 2013

    Those are author jewelry 🙂

  2. Judy zions
    October 28, 2013

    I can not wait to receive my books. I just love love love this beautiful style of work you are amazing. hank you. Judy

  3. rbuff
    October 27, 2013

    That Rebecca Bisgyer cuff is amazing!! I love the architectural appearance of it and yet it still has a soft look to it.

    • katemckinnon
      October 27, 2013

      Oh, I agree- her work is mindbendingly good. Rebecca approaches beadwork wholistically, as someone who is a capable seamstress and familiar with tailoring all sorts of fabric. I think a lot of beaders forget that they are creating a fabric… that Horns are simply 3-d darts that are not ironed down… stuff like that.

  4. Cath
    October 27, 2013

    I am wondering how submerged one who has never been introduced to beadwork, or geometric beadwork, can be by looking at these pieces, all so amazing! It even submerges me, I am in awe! the pictures on the right are just… wow. there are not enough words to discribe this body of collective work.

    • katemckinnon
      October 27, 2013

      Oh, thank you, Cath, I agree. I am humbled and amazed and submerged and inspired when I view the photo galleries, and think about the many hands and minds who have contributed to the ideas, the pieces, the colours, and the forms. I’m not sure how it all looks to someone who doesn’t know what went into it… sparkly?

  5. Cécilia
    October 27, 2013

    Tous ces bijoux sont splendides voir même plus, j’adore l’adaptation du bracelet de Rebbeca, magnifique inexplicable!!!. J’aimerais avoir vos niveaux de perlages pour en faire autant,je vous flicite toutes. Heureusement qu’il y a des personnes comme vous qui partagent leurs savoir pour que l’on puisse réaliser un peu de vous. Merci

    • katemckinnon
      October 27, 2013

      Merci, Cecilia! Je suis d’accord que la pièce de Rebecca est au-delà de beau. C’est mon plaisir et le privilège de partager des photos et de faire des livres.

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