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Sneak Peek of the 2-Drop PodCast Bead

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Hello, all! I’d like to share an excerpt from one of the patterns from our upcoming Technical Section, soon to be released in an open source manner to lead off the publication of the CGB Pattern Book, the Colouring Book (blank graphs and sample colourways for various CGB projects) and the academic textbook that will wrap this phase of the research project.

The books will be available for sale again as soon as we have an expected ship date. It won’t be long now!

This sneak peek is for a 2-Drop PodCast Bead, architecture by Franklin Martin Jr., inspiration Jean Disrud and the original CGB PodCast.

2 Drop PodCast Bead Round 5 web.pngA full pattern (with step-by-step instructions) for a 22-Point  Exploding Set built on this base will be released shortly, so if you’d like a head start (and you know how to make a regular PodCast bead) you can craft this little beauty to five rounds.

Feel free to print and share this simple summary of how to do the job in two-drop. Remember, where you would normally place one bead (the peyote stitch) use two beads. Where you would normally place two beads (on the tip of each point) pick up four beads instead. It’s fun and fast once you get the hang of it.

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From this versatile starter, we’ll add 5-12 rounds of 2-Drop Rick-Rack (above, tied into star-form) and a 2-Drop Casting Spine. THEN the fun really begins. Click here to view or download a PDF of this page, or click the image below for a larger view.

More soon!
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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.

4 comments on “Sneak Peek of the 2-Drop PodCast Bead

  1. Paula J Clouse
    October 16, 2019

    Will the text book be available to non student beaders with an interest in acquiring it for purely aesthetics reasons? All things beads and math interest me.

  2. Lynn M. Kordus
    October 12, 2019

    What is the academic textbook? Is there an additional cost?

    • katemckinnon
      October 12, 2019

      Hi Lynn! It will be the last in the series, coming out some time next year and it will be a real textbook, meant to teach college-level courses in mathematical beading.

    • Patricia Wren
      October 13, 2019

      Try reading back through this post and the previous ones to it; also the CGB Facebook page and check all the earlier posts. You will find Many Wonderful Things to occupy/amaze you until The Textbook comes out. Trust me. Have fun!!!

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