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Things are very exciting here, as Volume II and the CGB Pattern Library get ready for their closeups. It’s an astonishing amount of stuff- photographs (thousands), patterns (hundreds) illustrations (hundreds) and short video for every technique in the book (almost 100 so far) and links for the eBook/App (thousands). Where are we at, you wonder?

The beautiful, free Pattern Library should open as expected at the end of March- and it will have some great surprises. It will keep everyone busy and buzzing, we hope, until we get the massive Volume II on the press in April.

ALL pre-ordered CGB Calendars shipped at the beginning of February, and there are just a few left over. If you’d like a copy, go here. They run through January, 2016.

Kate McKinnon Layered Rick Rack

A layered Rick-Rack Bangle (beadwork by Kate McKinnon and Ann Rishell) that will be one of the fully stepped out patterns opening the new Pattern Library, coming soon. The layers are created using the Elegant Guide Round threadpath, also featured.

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 “Whirly

  1. LeAnn
    March 16, 2014

    A question, please, what is the preferred way to submit photos of work inspired by CGB? Any restrictions/technical specs as to size/format of message? Which address/contact info is most appropriate place to send? I’m excited to share, but don’t want to be a pest by sending files to the wrong place. Many thanks.

  2. Terry Steiner
    March 15, 2014

    I like the idea of the pattern library ; it gives us a direction to go with.

    • katemckinnon
      March 15, 2014

      Yes! I don’t have regrets about publishing the first book with limited patterns, because the way we did it is the reason that so many shapes exploded outward.

      If we’d put out a pattern book, patterns are all that would have fit into it, and people would have made the patterns and likely moved on, waiting for the next pattern book.

      But now, what fun it is to start making a library of the patterns that do exist. It’s thrilling!

  3. jensee
    March 15, 2014

    I opened the “Sneak Peek”, and I’m astounded! If this is just a tiny look, we’ll be beading CGB forever. I hope you know how much I mean it when I say, “Thank you.” Sandy

  4. penster47
    March 15, 2014

    OMG!!! That is gorgeous!

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