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It’s been a few months of intense work on our new forms, starts, and Exploding Sets. We’ve made some fantastic progress, and are well on target for an early Spring release of the CGB Pattern Book.
I’m in the middle of a massive photoshoot right now, and thought I’d share a few images. So much more to come soon. I’ll be at MIT for all of January, teaching the IAP classes (which are almost full!) and working on book pages and pattern cards.
Also- I still have a few spaces in my private sessions, January 7-8 and 23-24. These are intimate classes, working deeply on new ideas.
Enjoy. And please stay tuned!
Above and below, two different colourways of Kim Van Antwerp’s Pierced Arrow bracelet, a piece that can be started off of anything with a point (including your collar) and has its own hidden self-closure. This piece will not only be featured in the Pattern Book (in our Cloning section) but we will have Pattern Cards for sale for it in the Shop very soon, showing a variety of interpretations of the form.
See? You slip the point of the arrow into the slit, and it stays softly, weightlessly on your wrist. Kim’s work is fantastic, and she is the Art Director and one of the key players on our Design Team for the upcoming CGB Pattern Book. Have you pre-ordered yet?
Below, one of LeAnn Baehmann’s excellent themed Rick-Rack Bangles. On the photo table I have one that is like a box of crayons, a cow, a maze…fantastic work.
Below, a piece from Tina Hauer that resembles, but is not, built on a Möbius strip. Dustin and I have been doing a lot of work with building and splitting Möbius pieces. The potential is insane, but there are secrets still to unlock…
Below, a small family portrait (the actual size of the family is infinite) of one of Dustin’s Casting Models, and a few things that were once attached to it. The little Element is made from a zipped-up All-Wing, and is inspired by a piece made by Kate Stern at the last Seed Bead Summit in Tucson.
Above is the actual Casting Model, with a soon-to be separated rider (a colour-blocked All-Wing). See the big yellow beads? Those are Detonation Points. When we cut the thread holding them on, we also cut the thread holding the All-Wing onto the Model. Below, the starter Flat Peyote Triangle.
Normally, we build this starter in sections so as to have more pieces to play with, but this particular triangle is communicative; the red dots are our notation. Dustin marked Rounds 10, 20 and 30 with 1, 2 and 3 red beads, and called out Round 36 with 3 and 6 beads along the edge. The red dots at the spines that announce the information are Dustin’s way of saying “Signal Pending”. When I code notation into a piece, I tend to just start writing, but I like his idea.
Below, a winged Greenie from Ina Hascher, beading from the Netherlands. I adore greens and don’t use them like this enough.
Below, an exploration of Winged form by Wendy Ellsworth.
And a very clever brooch pin attachment crafted onto a Rick-Rack Flower by Ina Hascher, also beading from the Netherlands.Below is one of my own Exploded Sets, both before and after. This one was made with our new Dissolving Suture, so it came neatly apart in water, no thread cutting required. We are currently filming a CGB Magic Show, and it strongly features the dissolving thread.
You see how the points of the triangle can be used to start things like Pierced Arrows?
Dustin is winding up neat little bobbins of Dissolving Suture to share in all of our kits, never fear. And also bobbins of real Nymo, from the cones, so you can try them. We are making a variety of bead mixes, including our full Pattern Book Colourway. Keep an eye on the Shop.