an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Good morning beaders, won’t you join us on a global BeadALong from the upcoming CGB Pattern Book?
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.
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.)
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