an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
As we roll forward to press time for the CGB Pattern Book (expected shipping in April!) we are going to start releasing all sorts of material. PRE-ORDER PEOPLE, you are going to be so happy. Not only are you getting an amazing bundle (and we mean WOW) but also, we are going to be releasing the book patterns digitally to you before we go to press.
• IF YOU HAVE NOT PRE-ORDERED, WE’LL BE RUNNING THE BUNDLE SPECIAL THROUGH ALL OF FEBRUARY. GET YOURS HERE!
• IF YOU HAVE PRE-ORDERED, you will receive an email from us next Monday that asks you to confirm your address, gives you a PDF download of the Exploded Sets, and, buckle your seat belts, the first installment of the CGB Kaleidocycle section. Please give your email until Wednesday to arrive, and then let us know if you think we missed you.
Let’s start at the beginning, though, with the material we are going to release free to everyone. Nothing is more important to the Pattern Book (and to understanding the new advancements of the CGB Project) than the Exploding Sets, Deconstruction and Cloning.
Today, for a refresher, we want to republish the Pattern Book Colourway (find it down below) and introduce the Core Collection Pattern Book Kit, a 9-colour wonder that will let you make basically everything in the book. GET YOURS HERE.
We also want to show you the Core Pattern (we named it Prism) for the two basic Exploding Sets that open the Pattern Book.
If you want to get a head start on the Pattern Book, we encourage you to whip the Prism colourway up in either a Flat Peyote Triangle or a Hypar/Warped Square. It doesn’t matter which.
The only difference between the forms is that the Triangle begins with a three-bead start, and ends up with three Core Quadrants, and the Hypar begins with a four-bead start. As you can see, they use the same Core Sample colour key; they truly are the same piece. It’s just that one is made of three, and the other is made of f
Choose your shape based on preference and size; those with larger wrists will appreciate the larger bangle starts and Casting Models provided by the Exploding Hypar Set. Those with smaller sizes may appreciate the Exploding Triangle Set more. But either will work for anyone. Just choose one to make, use our colours, and you will be able to have a start (or a reliable tool for starting) for any of the pieces in the book.
These Basic Exploding Sets have two simple but absolute rules, and they apply to both the Triangle and the Hypar sets.
1. DO NOT REINFORCE YOUR THREAD between the white and black rounds.
The only thread that crosses those lines should be your working thread as you add beads. Just bead in a straight line, and do not cross back to reinforce your work. Once you understand the way that the set comes apart, you may choose to reinforce your edges UP TO the line between the black and white rounds, but you need to know what you are doing. For beginners, or first-time Deconstructors, save yourself a headache and don’t even think about reinforcing, back-stitching, or over-securing your thread starts and stops.
2. DO NOT CHANGE THREAD IN THE BLACK OR WHITE ROUNDS, or IN A ROUND ON EITHER SIDE OF THEM. Period. For any reason. If your working thread is short heading near a last round of colour, change it in the round before. NO EXCEPTIONS.
A third idea is that you really ought to bead it in our 9-colour Core Colour Assortment. If you don’t, you may not get the correct movement and bead ratios to experience the full joy of the Kaleidocycles and the Exploding Sets. EACH BEAD COLOUR IS A DIFFERENT BEAD. Some are fatter, taller, shinier, more matte. Some stick to each other, some deaden their neighbors.
We worked hard to find a set of colours that gives perfect results. Use them. Anyway, if you don’t, you’ll just have to translate every time we refer to them in the book projects. Our Core Colours will not have to influence your final pieces. The Exploded Sections that result from the work can be used for Casting Models and for Cloned Starts. Think of them as tools, not finished jewelry.
Check your stash, hit your bead store, or order up one of our Core Collection Kits, but do yourself a favor, and GET THESE NINE COLOURS.
More soon! Hang tight! And if you’ve emailed us, give us a bit of time to get back to you. It’s crazytimes here. In a good way.