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


on my desk

it’s All Books All Of The Time as I finish up the final layouts and assembly of the full Contemporary Geometric Beadwork series (including foreign translations (yay!) and reissues of the first two volumes).

I expect to finish, print and ship our 500 signed pre-order bundles this late September, but no official press date is set. Amazon pre-orders for regular copies will open soon.

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What’s up?

We had a lot of fun with our final internet beadalong with the Facebook group Seed Beads And More, and I am happy to say that we finalized our beginning Cycle pattern to something neat we can teach anyone to do – the Flower Face Assembly.

I’ll have a finished pattern to share here with you quite soon. In the meantime, for those interested, here are some updates.

Our Meet The Team European workshop near Limoges, France (Oct 5-11) is available for signup, it’s affordable, and there are just a few sleepover spaces left at the beautiful old Domaine de Romefort in Saint-Leonard-de-Noblat, France.  Yes! You can share a room and yes we can help you find a roomie! Please contact Marca Smit via email if you would like more information.


events / commitments

October, 2018:  Europe
CGB Book Tour – Oct. 5-11 I’ll be in Limoges, France, for a weeklong retreat, and outside of those dates I’ll be traveling to visit art and colleagues in Linz, Barcelona, Norway and elsewhere.

July 2019, Nova Scotia
Art / mathematical beading retreat with Sam Norgard – sign up soon if you want a space in this summer’s session (I’ll be participating remotely) or the next (I will be there in person).

on the blog

While I finish all of this work, I’m taking the gentle opportunity brought by a full desk to put social media and commerce and on hiatus.

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.

14 comments on “Updates!

  1. Marianne
    March 19, 2019

    Any chance of ordering a physical, paper copy of Volume lol of Contemporary Beadwork? Thought I had already ordered it, but it isn’t here. Pls let me know the cost and how to go about doing the ordering. Much thanks, Marianne Goodman 249 Transmitter Road Panama City, FL 32401

    Sent from my iPhone


    • katemckinnon
      March 19, 2019

      I have a few here, and will be reprinting them when the new Basics Section is ready. I’d be happy to send you a first edition copy and will email you directly.

  2. Diane Froh
    December 8, 2018

    Kate, I went to Seed Beads and More but I couldn’t find any files for your May beadalong. Are they still there? How can I find them? Thanks, Diane

    • katemckinnon
      December 9, 2018

      No, I think they delete the files after a bit.
      We will publish the same thing on our site next week, though, along with the solves we were seeking, so your timing is great.

  3. Eleanor Ringer
    November 17, 2018

    I’m concerned beacause I did not get your latest post dated 11/15/18 in my email. I hope I’m still on your list and will be receiving my pre-ordered books when they are released. Also, I would love to attend any sessions that might be available when you are at MIT. How might I find out about these. Thanks, Ellie Ringer


    • katemckinnon
      November 17, 2018

      Hi, Ellie! You are on our list!

      The blog posts are emailed automatically by the WordPress blog; we don’t do it from our pre-order list, instead the updates go simply to people who have subscribed to the blog. If you have been getting them, but missed this last one, it’s probably in your Promotions, Social or Spam folder. Have a look?

      I will announce Boston class dates here on the blog this coming week, and signups will be available online. I look forward to seeing you soon!

  4. Annette Wilson
    June 15, 2018

    Please can we have the book3 on preorder on or download able copies. As postage make it so expensive.

  5. Jane Haultain
    June 14, 2018

    Sounds great Kate. Note my cha nge of email address… I pre ordered the new books but probably from my old Paradise address. I have been getting all the latest posts so it is probably OK. Good luck withe final prep!

  6. Alice Jordan
    June 14, 2018

    Kate I’m new to geometric beadwork I came across your work and got my beads and started the triangles…I do have a question …do you hinge all the joins or just
    three of the joins…Thank you

  7. Deanne Anderson
    June 14, 2018

    So excited.. can’t wait.

    Sent from my iPhone


  8. marie benoit
    June 14, 2018


    Le jeu. 14 juin 2018 à 17:51, CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK a écrit :

    > katemckinnon posted: “on my desk it’s All Books All Of The Time as I > finish up the final layouts and assembly of the full Contemporary Geometric > Beadwork series (including foreign translations (yay!) and reissues of the > first two volumes). I expect to finish, print and ship o” >

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