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

New books available for pre-order!

Wonderful news!

The brand-new, exciting, upcoming CGB Pattern Book is now available for pre-order, as it’s entered layout. It will have fully stepped out patterns, with each step illustrated or photographed. For pre-orders only, it will come bundled with the also-new, also-in-layout CGB Colouring Book (a lovely book stuffed with blank bead charts for our structures that you can colour in with pencil or marker to devise colour strategies and patterns).

Kim Van Antwerp and Joan Miller Arrow and Heart

beadwork by Kim Van Antwerp, bead by Joan Miller

Don’t pre-order just for the colouring book, though. Please only do it if you want to intentionally support the project in process. We can’t be sure when we are going to finish up; we have a huge pile of patterns, but we need to be satisfied with their presentation. We hope to finish by the New Year, but…it’s difficult to control.

I think that the project has enough stability to begin sharing even more than we have before, and I want to try to do that to the very limits of my ability.  So as of this book, and continuing forward, we are using the pre-order revenue to provide honoraria for the submission of original designs or ideas, for illustration, for the Edit Team, and for foreign translators. More info coming soon.

For now, though, if you want to directly support the artists working to produce the work, please feel free to place your pre-order – and we thank you!

small cover CGBP

temporary cover art
Rick-Rack Bangle by Kathy Dunbar Whitson

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.

11 comments on “New books available for pre-order!

  1. nitalisa
    June 24, 2015

    Where/how do I pre-order?

  2. Sherri
    June 24, 2015


  3. Lynn Parpard
    June 24, 2015

    Look forward to your new book

  4. jensee
    June 24, 2015

    Ordered! AYDY??? Forgive me. I just couldn’t help myself. 😉

  5. Sue Galvin
    June 24, 2015

    I ordered mine and I can’t wait!!!!

  6. beestiegirl
    June 24, 2015

    Happy to support this fantastic project Kate. I have plenty of patience. 😊

  7. beestiegirl
    June 24, 2015

    Done. Loving this project and happy to support your work.

  8. jennifer
    June 24, 2015

    hey kate,
    would love to but it makes me impatient for the book. i know you hate to be asked when it’s coming, so I’ll wait.
    Thank you

    • katemckinnon
      June 24, 2015

      awesome decision! your order will be cherished when it arrives at press time, and will help cover the press bill.
      it’s all made of YES. And beads.


  9. Diane Smith
    June 24, 2015

    Do we want one or two?

    • katemckinnon
      June 24, 2015

      Well, only you can answer that. : )
      One order = one bundle of two books. The Colouring Book is a gift.
      All we ask is that no one email us and ask “Are you done YET?”

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