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Save the Date! Book launch party, October 23-27, in Boston, MA

Hello, beloved beaders! I’ve scheduled a book launch party during the week of October 23-27, in Boston, MA, for the CGB Pattern Book release. You’re invited!

We’ll be gathering at a magnificent location (TBD closer to the date) and we’re going to be having fun for a whole week straight, shipping books, signing books, beading together and generally celebrating the wrap of a truly great project. If you’ve been materially involved in CGB, please try to come. We have a network of friends who can put people up and Boston is easy to get around in with no car. If you can get there, we can take care of you! Beaders from around the world are coming in.

If you are on our pre-order list, please be patient for a little bit longer while we finish up. We’ve closed the pre-orders now (we can’t really make more than 1000 gift bundles, or add to our email queue) so the new books won’t go on sale again until they are received in-house and all of the pre-orders have shipped out to you, to our distributors, and to our collaborators.Geier Wally double HyparDouble Hypar, Claudia Furthner, Linz, Austria

What really amazes me is that the information keeps on refining. The underlying fundamental concepts that are unfurling (even now) seem to apply to every field, every star, every interaction, every shape and every human.

Each day, as I write the last parts, the concepts get simpler – this a good sign. This week we’ll publish the Jellyfish Net Mirror Tetra pattern here on the blog, free to the public. It’s a neat combination of all of the Cycle techniques, teaches all hinges and joins, and I think you are going to love it. Karen Beningfield, from Capetown, South Africa, did this drawing.

kaleidocycle jellyfish flat pack explanation 9.png

One of these Jellyfish folds up to a neat set of Mirror Tetrahedra (each little Leg O’Four is an unfolded tetra) and three of these, folded up and joined at the side hinges, make a Kaleidocycle. It’s pretty easy to get right, and it’s a nice physical explanation of why each join or hinge is different, and how it has its own feel and look.

Don’t worry if you don’t get this just from one drawing – we’ll offer a complete step by step explanation and tutorial with this release – in fact I hope to finish it up tomorrow.

If you are curious about why this one is a public release, instead of just to preorders, it’s because the Jellyfish is part of the Basics Section of the upcoming Pattern Book, and our technical section is always free to all. If you missed our first two books, you can download or view each of those Basics sections for free right here. 

It’s been officially now SEVEN YEARS since the CGB project began. Five years since we published the first book. Two years since we shipped Volume II.  Now I’m finishing the series with the best answers I’ve found to date about Rick-Rack (shocking, frankly) Bricard linkages (these are about so much more than just Kaleidocycles) and an opening universe of understanding about the differences between static forms (like Flat Peyote Triangles) and energetic forms (like Warped Squares). What a journey. We’ll be releasing material on a pretty regular schedule now, both here on the blog and in the Dropbox folder that we’ve invited all of our pre-orders to enjoy.

If you’ve pre-ordered any of the three upcoming new books, and don’t have access to that Dropbox, won’t you please click below to email us at this address: and let us know?

Include the name you ordered from, and we’ll look you up and hook you up.

There is a lot going on, to be sure, and I’m intensely busy. My personal site ( is down this week for a bit of maintenance, and a DNS transfer, but it will be back in business soon.

I hope that many of you will try one of our Jellyfish!  To prepare, if you want to, you will need two each of four unique Flat Peyote Triangle designs. Most of our cycles use triangles that have between 7 and 12 side beads, but of course anything works. I think Kat Oliva holds the record for tininess with a cycle I’ve been carrying around everywhere that has Triangles with only 4 tiny size 15 cylinder beads per side.

This is the set of designs that I worked with – in this group are designs by Dustin Wedekind, Cath Thomas, Kim Van Antwerp, and Vee Pretorius, slightly adapted by me. Feel free to include any or all of these patterns in your experiment. The second set (blue, orange and yellow, by Cath) makes small Monarch butterflies that come together as the cycle turns. Click to enlarge, and feel free to download and share.kaleidocycle jellyfish flat pack 1.png

Update- here’s a neat photo from Claudia also – she’s put together one with triangles like mine, and here are the three finished Jellyfish laid out together so you can see the Spiral face of the soon-to-be Kaleidocycle.





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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.

13 comments on “Save the Date! Book launch party, October 23-27, in Boston, MA

  1. Terry
    June 18, 2018

    So exciting ! Cannot imigine all that talent in one place to be a fly on the wall lol
    Have an amazing launch and wonderful celebration!You Deserve it !

  2. doublePie
    February 12, 2018

    they’re amazing

  3. Janet Gunther
    August 25, 2017

    I can hardly wait. Someday I would like to bead with you and the group.

  4. Sharon Manewitz
    August 21, 2017

    I hope to make it up to Boston on Oct 26 and 27. Kate, your hard work to get this done is fabulous. Congratulations!

  5. ookpik
    August 12, 2017

    New to this kind of beading and about to start on the basics. I live in Boston and would like to attend.

  6. Martha Welch
    July 22, 2017

    I would love to attend these events. Please keep me Martha

  7. Lisa Brenner
    July 21, 2017

    I’ll be in Boston for the launch! See you in October. 😁

  8. Diane Schroer
    July 21, 2017

    Yeah!! Thanks for the update. I know you are terribly busy. I am sorry to bother you. My password does not work on your site. Please tell me how / who to contact to reset it. I cannot see how on the site. I am trying to view the pierced arrow PDF.

    Thank you. Diane Schroer.

    Sent from my iPad


  9. katemckinnon
    July 21, 2017

    Thanks to all of you lovely people who sent me notes this morning! I love getting us all connected, it’s a beautiful thing.

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