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Get ready for the first explosive demo from the upcoming CGB Pattern Book!

For those of you who want to follow along with my first demo from the upcoming CGB Pattern Book, please make a Basic Warped Square of any design or colourway that pleases you, finishing with 14 beads per side. Use evenly sized, well-made 11° beads, either cylinder or round, and snug but not overly tight tension. The form creates enough tension simply by existing.

Warped Square Demo

For my sample, I used 11° Delica cylinder beads in red, blue, white, khaki, and yellow.

Reinforce the last two rounds of your Warped Square by passing back through them without adding any beads. You can reinforce both rounds in one pass of thread by following along the edge of the work. If you have a useful working thread left, keep it on your piece.

Weave in your tail; you don’t need the visual distraction and we all know where you started: in the center. : )

I’ll put up a video of the full demo (which begins with the 14-bead per side Warped Square) after my talk and class for the San Diego Bead Society, August 15/16.

If you’d like a pattern for the Basic Warped Square, please find it in the Basics Section of CGB, Volume I, available for free PDF download from our free CGB Pattern Library (link in the left sidebar).

To pre-order your copy of the upcoming Pattern Book, which briefly comes bundled with a free copy of the CGB Colouring Book, please click here.

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.

6 comments on “Get ready for the first explosive demo from the upcoming CGB Pattern Book!

  1. Terry
    January 19, 2017

    Squeeeeeeeeee I can’t wait to get your books ! SO EXCITED!!

  2. Susan
    August 5, 2015

    Mine is almost done. Can’t wait to see what it will part of after the next step.

  3. woodturner420
    August 2, 2015

    Looking forward to it 🙂

  4. sewfastdesign
    August 2, 2015

    Great fun! I will forward this to a few beaders locally! The wrapped share was the start to a pair of soon to be…earrings! Crazy shape that has intrigued a few! Photo in the next email. Rose Mary Sent from my iPad


    • katemckinnon
      August 2, 2015

      Yes, so many awesome things can be started this way. I’m going to show a handful! We should all wear Warped Square earrings to San Diego. : )

  5. BarbaraBriggsDesigns
    August 2, 2015

    Looks great, Kate…I’m presently busy with metalworking, but I’ll be ordering eventually!

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