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Square and Other Spirals

One of the most exciting things we are exploring on team right now are spirals. This is one you have seen before- it is an example of the Hexagon Increase on a Spine.

Spiral Slinky Closeup Kate McKinnon

When we realized that the 2/1/1 or Hexagon Increase made hexagonal helical coils, of course we wanted to try making other counts.

Joy Davison created this fabulous square spiral built on a small 24-point PodCast Bead, and this is a short excerpt from a video I am building on Deconstruction – I thought you might like to see it.

What type of increase pattern will YOU try on a Spine or a PodCast? We are so curious to see more, more more of these spirals- and we’d love to see them made straight (as opposed to in the round, for bangles) so we can photograph them and study them that way before they are joined.

Please send us photos of what you make! For reference, here are the pages in CGB, Volume I that show one way to do a Square increase. There are several. Click the photo to open larger. It’s from the Basics Section, which is free to download here on our website.

Squares page

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.

9 comments on “Square and Other Spirals

  1. Amy Fox
    September 23, 2019

    I love spirals; they are what I am looking forward to most in the new book. I am playing with a Fibonacci spiral now.

  2. Annie
    September 23, 2019

    Love the awesome colors and the way you deconstructed her square that was amazing. You ladies and guys rock. One question when did she add her deconstruction orange beads? Did she add them all at one time before she started the project? Like the way when you took the orange beads off the project just eased off the pod. Wow wow what more can one say.

  3. dana
    September 23, 2019

    Photos on the Facebook post… though I think you’ve seen them before.

  4. Ann Mayberry
    September 22, 2019

    What date are you mailing cgb II?


    • katemckinnon
      September 22, 2019

      CGB II came out in 2013, and is currently out of print until we finish the new books, which are still in process. It won’t be long now. The best way to reach the team is via email at, if you have questions about or want to cancel your first edition pre-order bundle. We have a long wait list, it’s never a problem if you get bored waiting.

      In the meantime, please enjoy the many new techniques we are demonstrating, which are the very techniques which we decided needed to be included in the new books.

  5. Catherine Glover
    September 22, 2019

    Dear Kate I’ve been following your blog for a few weeks, and at the moment, can only marvel! (i’ve been busy finishing a Jean Power design.) Is there any way of obtaining your first two books? I have not seen them in bead shops (I’m in the UK, so one might ask, what bead shops?) and, online, only seem to be ‘available’ at hundreds of pounds or dollars. If you have no printed books left, please can you sell downloads of the PDFs to people who have not been able to buy the books? Well, it looks as if you can – there is the ‘can be bought separately online ($15/$25) ‘ link on but when I click it says KATE MCKINNON DESIGN

    No products found. Best wishes Catherine


    • katemckinnon
      September 22, 2019

      Hi Catherine! Welcome!
      The first two books are temporarily out of print while we update our technical sections – we found so many new starts that it seemed a shame to me to reprint books that show the long ways to start.

      Check your email for a message about digital copies.

  6. Rochelle
    September 22, 2019


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