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Flying Triangles, flying beaders

Hello all!

We’ve got some announcements coming this week. Full day workshops with an international team of CGB beaders will be available during the last two weeks of July in Boston, and in October, we are getting up a large gathering in France during the week of October 5-11.

We’ll have a schedule up soon with signups, and we’ll post it here and on our Facebook page as soon as we get our details sorted.

In an upcoming issue of Perlen Poesie magazine, Joke Van Biesen will show how to place Hypars into a simple Flat Peyote Triangle to make energetic origami-style folding, rolling, flying forms.


This is a little video Joke took of one of the stunning results.


Also, this coming week here on the Book Blog, we start the Casting Pod Bead-Along, in which we’ll show you, step-by-step, exactly how to start a Rick-Rack or an All-Wing perfectly to size every time, and with no cold start. Stay tuned!

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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.

21 comments on “Flying Triangles, flying beaders

  1. Danele Mauldin
    March 22, 2018

    Absolutely amazed by this and was so easy to figure out. 😍😍😍

  2. RuthAnn
    March 21, 2018

    I’m looking forward to the bead-a-long also

  3. Claudia White
    March 20, 2018

    Looking forward to more innovations and beading along with a casting pod!

  4. Leslie Russell
    March 19, 2018

    Wonderfully out-of-this-world!

  5. Ruth B. Bernstein
    March 19, 2018

    HI! I will need an email a day or 2 in advance to get myself ready. Thank you so much for this help that I know I will need.

    • katemckinnon
      March 19, 2018

      Thanks, Ruth!

      For the Casting Pod, you won’t need more than a couple of dozen size 8 rounds, and three colours of size 11 cylinder bead (I used Delicas). Then, to build a bangle, about 60 grams of cylinder beads, in any colours or design. I’ll post a “Get Ready” with photos today!

  6. Rochelle
    March 18, 2018

    Simply amazing work by Joke! How wonderful!

  7. Carla S F Stevens
    March 18, 2018

    beads needed for bead along, please.

  8. Laura Cole
    March 18, 2018

    I am absolutely blown away by this!! AWESOMENESS ❤️

  9. Jessica Valiente
    March 18, 2018

    Stunning video!

  10. Paula J Clouse
    March 18, 2018

    Oh my gosh the triangle with the horns (hypars)is amazing! Where can I get a copy of the magazine in English ( or any language if a lot of pics )?
    BTW I am going to be Great grandma this week. My first greatgrandson is due on Tues.
    Hints for necessarys for the step-by-step? Can’t wait!

    • Ruth B. Bernstein
      March 19, 2018

      Prepare to teach him how to bead. Diane Fitzgerald gave me a wonderful tip when I was beginning to teach beading in an after-school program in an elementary school. She suggested using darning needles and cross-stitch thread with the Perlen Beads. They were bigger than delicas, but set up the same and easier for 2nd to 8th graders to manage as they learned Peyote. That was in the 1980’s. Congratulations, Gramma the Great! Me too, she is now almost 2.

    • Kim
      March 19, 2018

      You can subscribe to this magazine in english.

  11. Suzanne Golden
    March 18, 2018

    Looking forward to the Casting Pod bead-a-long.!!

  12. Diane Steel
    March 18, 2018

    That is an amazing structure.

  13. Wendi
    March 18, 2018

    Awesome. X

  14. Nelly
    March 18, 2018

    Very Cool !!!

    March 18, 2018

    Looking forward to the beadalong!

  16. Sam Norgard
    March 18, 2018

    Amazing work by Joke!

    What Should I make to get ready to follow along with the step-by-step?

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