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

Heading toward the gates

Greetings, beaders! Thank you for your patience as we finish our books. We’ll have a shipping update for you soon.

I want to remind you all of our Book Launch Week, coming up in the third week of October in Boston/Cambridge. Hundreds of thousands of people have participated in the wave of creativity and hard work that has brought us to this point. We are so excited to unfurl the still-expanding suites of new ideas, techniques and forms to the world.

If any of you are in the area, we encourage you to find us – our locations will be announced soon.

Joke van Biesen Unicycle Web

Above, an exploration of perhaps the most exciting cycle form yet; this version beaded by Joke van Biesen, from the Netherlands.

Joke worked from Claudia Furthner’s modification to an idea from the questing mind of Susannah Thomson, from England. Claudia is from Austria. Illustrations and charts for this piece were done in Capetown, South Africa, by Karen Beningfield, and the final hand-drawings are coming from Brooklyn. The images will be finished in California. This is a truly global, 24 hour collaboration.

Below, another interpretation by Claudia. Can you guess at what is happening here? Both pieces are the same architecture.

Claudia Furthner, Unicycle web

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.

15 comments on “Heading toward the gates

  1. Deanne Anderson
    October 18, 2017

    I feel as though a friend is having her first baby! My daughter was a surrogate for a barren couple.. as the date approached we all waited for the miracle baby as if it were our own… and now we wait for your books!!! What will we have?? A space alien? Have you gone so far into your passion that we cannot follow.. or will we see our own hearts reflected in the pages ? The second week of October and counting….

    Sent from my iPhone


    • katemckinnon
      October 24, 2017

      I love what you say! And I can’t wait to hear what you think.
      This is my 7, 8 and 9th book, so not my first baby, but def the oddest.

  2. Terry
    September 11, 2017

    Have you ever taught classes in the Pacific Northwest ? You should think about it ; )
    Will be so glad to get my books !! Ty

    • woodturner420
      September 16, 2017

      I agree with Terry, come to Portland, OR. Volumes I & II keep asking about Volume III 🙂

  3. Janet Gunther
    August 25, 2017

    Can hardly wait! Someday I would like to bead with you.

  4. Ann Rascenet-Cole
    August 22, 2017

    Are these cycles double hinged? Beautiful dynamic colours. How fortunate we all are to have these dedicated individuals making such inspiring art.

    • katemckinnon
      August 22, 2017

      Well, you know, in a way, the new ones are, yes! Will share pattern quite soon.

  5. Nelly
    August 21, 2017

    mmm looks exciting, in fact it looks as if you could actually wear it ?

    • Christina Vasil
      January 9, 2018

      I have been away. The books were delivered? Any time soon? Wishing you a happy new year!

  6. shsirley tyderkie
    August 21, 2017

    this gets more exciting the closer we get to the books. Almost can’t stand it. Just love this

  7. C Kuebler
    August 21, 2017

    Beyond awesome! Well done….

  8. Gwen
    August 21, 2017


  9. parkwaysmom
    August 21, 2017

    As you near the date so do I. I am moving back to California!

    • katemckinnon
      August 21, 2017

      We’ll keep you posted, Cathi, and I’ve got your new address filed.

  10. Susan
    August 21, 2017

    Very beautiful.

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