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The Pierced Arrow Pattern Dive

The Pierced Arrow Pattern Dive (our first digital class) is almost all finished up – and it’s available in our Web Shop for $15.

AFTER PURCHASE, use your password to download Part 1 at this link.

This Dive is in three parts, and is a full component and design class.  It’s our first, so we are going slowly and carefully, thinking about how we want to visually and practically tie the presentation all in with our new books, and with our YouTube Channel, and our Pattern Book, and how selling patterns meshes (or does not) with our open-source approach.

It’s a big and beautiful world and we’d love to touch more of it.

Part 1 is the Pierced Arrow itself, designed and beaded by Kim Van Antwerp, with complete pattern charts (and gorgeous illustrations by Dustin Wedekind) for each of the two Arrows shown above. It’s available now, released this past Monday.

Part 2 is Kate’s discussion on the Arrow, along with making and design notes, and an exploration of assorted components and assemblies that have come up in our Arrow play. It will be released shortly; probably tomorrow.  (But not until it’s ready. If you’ve been receiving Arrow-mail, you’re on the list to receive it as soon as it’s released.)

Screen Shot 2016-01-14 at 11.40.51 AM.pngAbove, components from Kim’s Dissolving Street Arrow are arranged and connected by Kate to begin the creation of a custom-sized Winged Bangle. Pretty sweet. We love reverse engineering, and we love small components that can be made on an airplane tray with enough room left over for a book and a phone and a pair of glasses.

Part 3 will be a video presentation of the making and deconstruction and assembly of all of the handful of Things that are tumbling out of our hands with this simple flat peyote Cloned Component idea, and will be completed within the next three weeks, as Dustin, Kim and Kate work together with both private and MIT students through the end of the January IAP term.

This portion of the class will (like all of our core technical information) be available for free to all on our YouTube Channel.

This first release is available for $15, which includes all current and future Arrow-mail on the concepts. We only wish we could stuff it all in the Pattern Book, but it simply won’t fit, except as one of many gorgeous examples of things that are possible.

Here is Kim, exploding the very first Arrow and Flying V off of a stunning Exploding Pentagon Set.

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.

8 comments on “The Pierced Arrow Pattern Dive

  1. Eirini
    February 17, 2018

    Hello Kate! I am a big fun of your beading ideas and projects, especially the pierced arrow pattern. How can I get the pattern? Also, where can I get the copies of CGB Volumes I and II? Thank you in advance!

  2. Lili
    September 22, 2017

    Hi Kate! I really want to buy the pierced arrow pattern and start on it but it seems as though I can’t as the shop is closed 😦 Is there a way I can get the pattern? I really wanna make this badass bracelet ASAP!!

  3. Maxi Starr
    February 4, 2016

    I purchased the arrow pattern and bead kit. How do I get in on this loop?

  4. storm9
    January 18, 2016

    Hi Kate,

    I just purchased the Pierced Arrow Pattern Dive!

    You are having so much fun, and I’m so happy for you. Wish I could be there doing MIT and Boston, the Demaines and CGB, too. Perhaps next year…

    OOOOX Dana >

  5. Patricia Wren
    January 14, 2016

    ??? I seem to be out of the Arrow-loop? Got my Kit okay but nothing of, from, or about the Arrow. I’m fuddling about with some of the ideas but at this moment am not sure whether I’m on the right track. Having a great time, but half blind in a manner of speaking. Should I just go purchase the Arrow pattern?

    • katemckinnon
      January 14, 2016

      emailing you!

      • Patricia Wren
        January 16, 2016

        SUPER! Thanx… know you are up to your eyeballs and probably bordering on jet lag at the moment!

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