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

Text edit!

Stacks of pages are headed to Text Edit this weekend, which is the last edit step before we submit to the press and publish the Pattern Library. SO exciting! Just a few weeks of writing-work left.

Have a few peeks?

CGB Volume II preview II

CGB Volume II preview I

CGB Volume II preview

CGB vol II preview IV


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About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon, globe-trotting writer and metalsmith, has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and loves warm weather, nice people, rides in the car, and good books.

12 comments on “Text edit!

  1. Marlene
    May 13, 2014

    Yes! So exciting. Congratulations and thank you for your hard work.
    Marlene Morris

  2. Jen Fulks
    May 3, 2014

    This is truly what bead artistry is about. All else, pales by comparison..there is no comparison I know of. Congratulations to all who journey towards this end. True pioneers.

  3. Jen Fulks
    May 3, 2014

    Is there a site, or does anyone know who might be marketing any of these designs?

    • katemckinnon
      May 3, 2014

      Marketing them? They are pieces shown in my book series, which is what this site,, supports.

      Many of the participants in the project sell finished work and/or patterns, if that’s what you mean?

      • Jen Fulks
        May 3, 2014

        Yes. I mean finished work. Art Fairs, Shows, Shops in the U.S.
        Thanks for your reply. I will purchase one of your wonderful books soon.

        • katemckinnon
          May 3, 2014

          Oooh, yes, TONS of finished work, from all over the world! One of the things I plan to do with the upcoming Pattern Library (which will be on this site too) is to showcase people who sell their work as well as their patterns.

          • Jen Fulks
            May 3, 2014

            Exciting news. I will be watching for it.
            Again, thanks for your attention to my requests.

  4. dbednarek
    May 2, 2014


  5. Kit Weinn
    May 2, 2014

    Any idea when Volume II will be shipped?

    • katemckinnon
      May 2, 2014

      No, but it won’t be long. If you are subscribed to this blog, you will get the news as it happens. Also, if you’ve pre-ordered Volume II, you’ll get the digital edition before the paper books ship.

  6. BarbaraBriggsDesigns
    May 2, 2014

    Between CGB Volumes 1 and 2, there will be enough exciting and innovative beading ideas and exploration of design to last me the rest of my life!

  7. Laura Pacino
    May 2, 2014

    OMG, I can NOT wait for this book!! Thank you for sharing your genius with world, I am loving what it ignited!!! Laura

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