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

Machine Patterns on the way!

The CGB Team is happy to announce that a nice handful of our Machine Patterns is ready for publication, and will be released next week in the CGB Shop. Those of you who simply want hinging advice for designing your own machines – rest assured, we are Open Source to the core, and will be publishing a technical blog when we release the patterns.

Naturally the upcoming CGB Pattern Book will show the engineering for each of the basic machines as well, but we can only fit one pattern for each machine into the book. So the others will go into the Shop.

Kim Machine

photo and beadwork: Kim Van Antwerp

However. The Kaleidocycle in size 11 beads is a challenging form, and decidedly not well-suited to a stitch-in-the-ditch hinge or a folding-net style join. You can make them happen if you are clever with your needle, but neither of those methods are what the beads or the thread want to do.

Instead, we think you will like our true engineering hinges, placed as a function of the tetrahedron assembly. It’s important to us to do good work, and not rush the technical side. We are eager to see what you think of our conclusions, and of course of our patterns.

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About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon, globe-trotting writer and metalsmith, has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, and loves warm weather, nice people, rides in the car, and good books.

20 comments on “Machine Patterns on the way!

  1. Cheryl Hamilton
    December 27, 2016

    I am trying to make a machine which requires a true square worked from the centre out so that I have a peyote edge all the way round. I have used the increase cycle from julia Pretl , Little Bead Boxes, but it doesn’t lie flat. I’ve experimented quite a bit but can’t solve the problem . Help please

    • katemckinnon
      December 28, 2016

      We can help! We have a pattern for a Flat Square in CBG Volume I, and it’s in the Basics section, which you can view and download for FREE (all of our technical sections are free) at this link. Enjoy! PS- when you get to the Basics of Volume II, look for the Elegant Guide Round… this is a way to begin box sides without ever even making a move.

      Here is a link to both sections, feel free to download them both.

  2. Jackie
    March 31, 2016

    Where can I pre order the digital version of vol III? I see the book but not the digital version. Thanks and really appreciate your wonderful work and for sharing it with the world.

  3. Carol Cady
    March 13, 2016

    At the risk of sounding stupid…..what is a machine? What is a machine pattern?

  4. Jan Cockle
    March 12, 2016

    Oh can’t wait

  5. janetgunther
    March 12, 2016

    I’m looking forward to your ingenuity

  6. Cazorla
    March 12, 2016

    Yes je suis impatiente de savoir comment faire le joint merci

  7. Debby Zook
    March 11, 2016

    You’re right! I was so excited by the kaleidocycle that I made one. And the hinge IS the problem. I’m looking forward to seeing possible improvements.

    • katemckinnon
      March 11, 2016

      It’s not the problem, it’s the challenge. ; )

      • Debby Zook
        March 11, 2016

        You’re right again!

  8. Sam Norgard
    March 11, 2016

    Looking forward to your progress!

  9. Cindy Ray
    March 11, 2016

    Thank you all for your hard work.

  10. Erin
    March 11, 2016

    Thank you Kate! Looking forward to it!

  11. Suzanne Golden
    March 11, 2016

    Fabulous…just saw a video how to make with paper shapes!!! Looking forward to learning how to make this piece with beads…..Very creative…..and very exciting….

  12. Alice Craddick
    March 11, 2016


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