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New additions to the Book Blog

Please enjoy the latest updates to the CGB online home, which include a new complimentary pattern in the Library:  the gorgeous, elegant Empress Ming, a winged bangle from Barbara Briggs. The full tutorial can be found at this link.

Empress Ming B Briggs web

Also new: a landing page has opened for the exploration of the Exploding Round (EGR). When I’m finished updating the site, each of our innovative threadpaths and tactics will have its own page, with layers of photos, video, technical tips, and galleries that have sprung from it.

The EGR in particular is worth a deep exploration, which it absolutely didn’t get in Volume II. It was just another new idea, jammed into two pages, essentially unexplored. To really show it properly (as with any idea or pattern) will take at least 20 pages and a beautiful new video.

Ida Williams exploding round in progress

The books are stuffed with seeds, enough to grow a garden unique to each explorer. I  have a great number of ideas, but because of the way that I work (synthesis) I often don’t have the practical life experience to see their potential.

In the classes that I led for the Dallas Bead Society, we got video of Marilou Porth and Kathy Young exploding flat bracelets off of bangles and bangles off of flat bracelets, and of Ida Williams exploding a larger start off of a wingy Rick-Rack Bangle (above). Depending on what part of a piece you use to place your Exploding Round, you will get different-sized starts. Ida chose to explode her new sparkling gold Zigged peyote start from the winged edge, rather than one closer to the original starting Band.

If she had been trying to duplicate only fit, she might have chosen an inner layer for her new start, as I did in the demo piece. If she had wanted (or wants) the MRAW architecture in her new piece, she can add it at any time, in the form of a plain RAW round. It doesn’t have to be a start.

The Exploding Round by Kate McKinnon

I’m working on putting a compilation video together of our explorations to date for our YouTube channel and the EGR page. Do you have Exploding photos to share? Please send them in.

As each new exploration rolls out, and seeds grow into libraries, I hope that the concept of the books as Explorer’s Guides will come even clearer.

The vignettes and photographs in the books are each the whiskers of ideas that will open new worlds with every variation; for those willing to play, explore, and combine. The books are trail notes, species identifications, sketches on form, travel guides written by people who have only been to a new land in our dreams.

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.

3 comments on “New additions to the Book Blog

  1. Angela Thompson
    December 29, 2014

    Dear Kate,         I was able to buy your first book without any hitches.  However I do not have a paypal account nor do I want one.  SO,  How can I buy your next book!  I want the next book.  Would you tell me how I could do this purchase in some other way?  Angela Thompson  P.O. 1081 Post Falls Idaho, 83877  2o8 660 5374

    • katemckinnon
      December 29, 2014

      You don’t need a PayPal account to use my shopping cart, happily – just check out as a guest using any major credit card. If you don’t use credit cards at all, email me about an address for mailing a check or money order. Best!

  2. Renee Good, Ontario, Canada
    December 18, 2014

    What a kind, generous, and exceptionally talented group of beaders you are. For myself and the “silent majority” I would like to extend my sincere appreciation again for the two phenomenal books, all of the supporting material, and the ability to encourage me to think for myself and expand me beading repertoire in many directions. I love it!

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