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

affairs, they march

Press edits continue, and we expect to submit our files in about a week. Would you like to see some sample spreads?

Sample page from CGB, Volume II, Kate McKinnon 2014

Sample page from CGB, Volume II, Kate McKinnon 2014

Sample page from CGB, Volume II, Kate McKinnon 2014

And have you seen the 60 pages of structural ideas released to the Pattern Library? Click the link at the top of the 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 “affairs, they march

    June 24, 2014

    Hi Kate:

    I have made one of your tiny horn bangles (however I made the horns larger and made a removable belly band).—I love it but it is too large and keeps falling off my wrist. Do you have any advice for how to tighten it up after it is completed? I used 80 x 80 delicas around. Any help will be so so appreciated. I bought your volume 1 book and went to see you at FIT in NYC. I love your work. I just don’t know what to do with this bracelet.

    Best Regards;

    Susan Spalter

    • katemckinnon
      June 24, 2014

      You can’t tighten the beadwork (well, unless it’s loose, which it should never be) but you can ADD to the bangle, to make smaller edges. Please read the Tailoring Section in the new Basics Section (free in the Pattern Library) for lots of suggestions. But basically, just needle into one edge with a new thread, and begin a new round. Use smaller beads (like size 15) either in total or mixed in, for a more gradual size fade. Do things that make smallness, by adding more Horns, making your bangle wider/taller, decreasing, or simply doing a few rounds on each side with tiny 15 rounds.

      OR: make a new round with an Elegant Guide Round, do a second layer or Underskirt, and wear it layer-in.

      SO MUCH you can do, but you cannot magically change the size of your starting bangle.

  2. Betty Neve
    June 24, 2014

    Great samples Kate and the gang. Can’t wait.

  3. Rima
    June 23, 2014

    Hi Kate,

    Thanks for this. But I am confused. The two top photos look like they are of the same piece, but you identify them as being by two different beaders. Perhaps the dividing line is in the wrong place, making it just look that way. . . and Patricia Wren actually made just the second piece? rima

    • katemckinnon
      June 23, 2014

      Well, the words make it pretty clear which is which, don’t you think? And Christina’s piece is identified on a page in which her piece is the only one. I don’t think it’s that confusing. : )

      • katemckinnon
        June 24, 2014

        (Having said that, it’s true people often don’t read the words, and I added a “below and left” to Christina’s description. I’m not out to deliberately confuse people…)

        The dividing line is just how In Design represents the page break. After printing, the pages are cut there and then spiral bound.

  4. katemckinnon
    June 23, 2014

    Thank you, Barbara!

  5. BarbaraBriggsDesigns
    June 23, 2014

    Those pages definitely have the “Wow”! factor!

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