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

Epiphanies, various

LOTS of news for you.

Excitingly, the CGB Pattern Shop is opening soon. The first all-pattern volume has already taken form, and has a series of sizing guides and starts to kick it off that will make you smile, they are so simple, clever,and easy to teach, even to beginners.

Sandy Butler's Exploded Open Square, off of Kim Van Antwerp's Colour Study Warped Square, at the Seed Bead Summit


Sandy Butler’s Exploded Open Square, taken directly from Kim Van Antwerp’s Colour Study Warped Square. More on this soon!


The first edition of the CGB Pattern Book series will come bundled with another new idea – the first CGB Colouring Book. This series will show charted beads in outline form only, so you can experiment (using coloured pencil or marker) with creating your own colourways and designs.

Volume III of CGB: The Explorer’s Guides is also open for layout. This series, of which there are two volumes out already, is the project as seen through my eyes, and photographed through my camera, with my running commentary about the design, the expression, the ideas, and the structure. Many artists have contributed images of their pieces (and their colour numbers) for photography and study. Some have donated finished work, for exhibit.

So, amazingly:

•   We have three new books coming (the Pattern Book, the Colouring Book, and CGB Volume III) (coming when they are finished)

•   An avalanche of new, beautiful stepped out patterns (and a slick new App) in the soon-to-launch CGB Pattern Shop (coming very soon).

•   A set of pattern guides and teaching packets for teachers (coming very soon).

•   An easy-to-do plan to offer honoraria to contributors in exchange for a copyright release into the public domain of the pattern or piece, and the equal release of photographs and pattern rights to the maker from the project (ready now).

•  An easy-to-share CGB Shop in which we can feature the kits and other patterns created by the artists whose work is in the books, structured so that all clicks go directly to the shops or web sites of the artists in question (coming very soon).

•  An automatic donation program for libraries who sign up (coming very soon).

Kate Stern Tri Thing


a simple Flat Peyote Triangle with Side Increases, by Kate Stern

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Seed Bead Summit. All of our heads are like fireworks shows that never end; I am working here on my own to try to sum it all up, get it all down before it’s gone.

Also, you might want to know that the legendary Kyle Cassidy is coming in to shoot the party after my talk at the Mingei Museum in San Diego (up at the top of the glorious Balboa Park) and the signups are open for his photo workshops.


Kyle Cassidy by Ken Thomas, taken at a photo workshop at my place in Tucson


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.

5 comments on “Epiphanies, various

  1. Ingrid Wangsvik
    June 15, 2015

    Wow, Kate! All this fantastic news about a new book,- no, several, actually. Exciting and amazing, you are so efficient and creative. So sad I wasn´t able to join you lovely people in the summit….Anyway, I can´t wait to see all the new lovelieness coming in the new books

    Hugs from Ingrid W.

  2. Monika Doser
    June 14, 2015

    Dear Kate,

    I have been following these posts with ever increasing fascination. How I would have loved to be part of it!!

    Having started to explore and explore myself … I’d love to join and take part in this exciting work. I am planning to take better photos of my own pieces soon (will be travelling quite a bit – on and off – for the next few weeks, so it might take a little while) and will send those to you.

    There is one idea that keeps returning to my head: I am sure that quite a few beaders who speak German, but (alas!) not English would be interested in these ideas and this very special kind of beadwork. What do you think of starting to publish German translations? I have been working as a professional translator for a while and would be very interested in co-operating.

    Eagerly looking forward to your response,


    • katemckinnon
      June 15, 2015

      How wonderful, I was just mentioning during the Summit that I would like to translate the book series into German and French and Spanish, even if only to have digital versions in those languages. I am very interested and will email you!

  3. woodturner420
    June 13, 2015

    Exciting news! Can’t wait!

  4. Gemma
    June 13, 2015

    Congratulations on an amazing effort and how exciting about all the new books..can’t wait to see what you have I store for us.
    Love Gem

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