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

From the new books: Make a 24 Point PodCast and an Exploding Set

Good morning beaders, won’t you join us on a global BeadALong from the upcoming CGB Pattern Book?

PodCast Exploding Set BeadALong

It’s an Exploding PodCast Set!

The first step is to make a 24-Point PodCast Bead. This is a tiny beaded bead, a small marvel that sits on a dime but sports a casting edge of 120 beads. It can build a Rick-Rack or All Wing bangle with 12 points up and 12 down, and it can cast off straight lines, wavy lines, components, and even a long Casting Spine.

This will grow up to be a simple but powerful Exploding Set, and it  will show three of the techniques that revolutionized our world. Each of the three steps are quite simple.


We are workshopping the whole Exploding Set today at Bead Soup in Maryland, and Julia Pretl, Kat Oliva and Kristen Ho are here with us, Diane Fitzgerald is with us in spirit. They, I, and a couple of dozen experienced beaders will be talking today about the words we use, the notation we clarify with, and how we plan to all move forward together. Already, progress is fantastic.

Here are links to two pages – one explains the PodCast Bead, and the other is specifically to step out the 24-Point version we are using for our BeadALong. Choose the two-page Spread if you are viewing it on your computer, and the two separate Pages if you want to print.

Bead Soup PDF Spread

Bead Soup PDF Pages

Hugs to all, and I’ll post the second step tomorrow – the Wave.

(Then we make the Casting Spine, and then we do partial Deconstruction, and then a bit of Stitch In The Ditch on the Spine before it comes off of the Wave, and then a whole lot of new things you can do with this.)

Note: comments not related to this BeadALong will be deleted. To contact the project, email,



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.

19 comments on “From the new books: Make a 24 Point PodCast and an Exploding Set

  1. babacho109
    June 21, 2019

    Have my pod completed but
    Have no idea how to start adding beads that will be cut off to start larger pieces.
    Thank you for your answer.

    • katemckinnon
      June 21, 2019

      Just needle up and start beading, but please – watch the video? It shows the whole process. Our YouTube channel is a great place to start if you need help seeing any of our pieces being made.

  2. Michelle
    April 25, 2019

    I used my original podcast to start a pierced arrow. Such a cool technique. Thanks!

    • katemckinnon
      April 26, 2019

      That’s neat, isn’t it, how the Arrow can start off of any point or peak? You could start 12 arrows (or more) from your PodCast!

  3. wisebeading
    April 18, 2019

    It is done. Not sure what to do with it now.

    • katemckinnon
      April 19, 2019

      That’s what we are for. This week’s class is on how to use the Casting Spine – join us today on Facebook if you can, or check the video on YouTube tomorrow.

  4. Anne B Dent
    April 8, 2019

    I made my first podcast bead attempt last night. It is a mess. I used 11/0 for the first beads. Today I am trying again but starting with 8/0. I am determined to learn this.

  5. Rev. Marilyn Earhart
    April 8, 2019

    I can’t wait to see what the 24 point turns out.

    I have been using 5 point and have created 3 different looks and working on a 4th. Thank you so much for your creative explorations.

    Rev. Marilyn Earhart All limitation is created by an inability to see beyond what’s in front of you.”

  6. Leslie Russell
    April 8, 2019

    CGB’s explorations in beading are so exciting and the learning experience is wonderful. Hope to start my 24 point PodCast today (after work). Thank you so much Kate and all bead gurus for this.

    • katemckinnon
      April 8, 2019

      Excellent! I’ll put up a video of the whole thing as soon as the steps are posted. I think it’s fun to kind of do a blind beadalong for a bit, as this is a frankly shocking Exploding Set.


  7. Anne B Dent
    April 7, 2019

    I am excited to start trying this!

  8. katemckinnon
    April 7, 2019

    There will totally be more video, for the whole process – stick with us!

    • wisebeading
      April 8, 2019

      Plan to stick with you. Pod is done – I finally had my ahh haa moment for it and I am sure there a lot more of those moments to come. Thank you.

  9. Ann Rascenet-Cole
    April 7, 2019

    Loving the update. This podcast has kick started my beading mojo. Very interested to see what comes next.

    My brain can’t make the connection that you can make a straight piece, such as a spine, from a ziggy pod! Looking for tha Ahh! moment. I know it will come. CGB has given me and many others, I’m sure, a raft of these moments. Each one a joy in the discovery.

    Kate and team you are doing outstanding work. All good things come to those who wait. The books are no exception. There is no update button on a printed book. They will be ready when they are ready.

  10. Shirley Moore
    April 7, 2019

    So thrilled to get to bead some of these new thought processes with you ladies! Pod is made, ready for the next step. 🙂 While I completely understand how the Pod saves time, I still don’t understand how the spine does, so I hope you will go a bit in depth on the thought process behind that one. Thanks so very much for all the teamwork and brainstorming!

    • katemckinnon
      April 8, 2019

      I really had to be convinced of it myself, Shirley. It seemed almost absurd to me when JayDee (Joy Davison) showed it to me. But it is actually exceptional, and as it turns out it is a form the Universe knows well, so it behaves in a very energetic way. This is one of the most energetic lines I have ever worked with, and THAT IS SAYING SOMETHING.

      Laughing. Stick with me!

  11. LaDawna Anderson
    April 7, 2019

    Thank You! I am totally excited about this and will attempt the bead a long!

  12. Lori
    April 7, 2019

    I finished my 24-point PodCast Bead. Looking forward to tomorrow.
    Thank you, Kate!

Please feel free to comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s


This entry was posted on April 7, 2019 by .
April 2019
%d bloggers like this: