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Books update and a new video

Good morning all! A few updates on a cool and drizzly DC morning.

Rick Rack from PodCast Joy Davison web

Publishing Update

CGB will be releasing our big Technical Section in a month or so – this is the core of our new work, and will be shown in a beautifully illustrated 100 pages of love and sweat that shows how the team has used all of the stitches, threadpaths and increases or decreases that go into our pieces, the new paths we’ve designed, and the new casting forms such as the PodCast, Spine, and 3-D Exploding Sets.  This technical section will be free to all online, sent as a gift to every bead store we can find, and included in booklet form with every paper book we send out in the future.

After we’ve finalized and printed those pages, the new books are next on the press. We’ll put all of the CGB books back on sale soon, I know they are impossible to find at present but I didn’t want to reprint any new books with old information.

If you are an artist who has made work for the books or worked on the CGB research team, you’ll be hearing from me within the next few months about honoraria and creative shares of the book sales.

2-Drop Deconstruction

Yesterday I filmed a short video showing two things: a 2-Drop Exploding PodCast Set Deconstruction, and how to do the Stitch-in-The-Ditch on a 2-Drop Spine. This is a more advanced clip in that it assumes that people tackling the 2-Drop have experience with the regular peyote and herringbone version. (photo above, work by Joy Davison, or JayDee on social media. Joy engineered the Spine as a casting tool, and so much more.

2-Drop is neat because it gives a really different edge and fabric feel. And if you cast off a 2-Drop Spine, you can use the Spine to cast off anything else you can dream up in 2-Drop. The Spines are really versatile tools, and when made with care can last for a good long time. If yours gets tired, just cast a new Spine right off of the old one.

2 Drop Pod Family photo web

Back with you soon with photographs of the developed and finished components released from this 2-Drop Set.

Here is the video:

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15 comments on “Books update and a new video

  1. twojourneysart
    November 25, 2019

    Thanks for the update!! Looking forward to “the Book”!! In the meantime, have been enjoying your posts. Tanya Spicer

    On Tue, Oct 22, 2019 at 11:36 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: “Good morning all! A few updates on a cool and > drizzly DC morning. Publishing Update CGB will be releasing our big > Technical Section in a month or so – this is the core of our new work, and > will be shown in a beautifully illustrated 100 pages of love and” >

  2. Ruthann Kowalski
    November 11, 2019

    I have completed the 12 rows of rick rak on the 2 drop podcast and I’m not sure on how to proceed. I believe it at this point you captured half of the points and it appears from the video that you proceeded up and down the remaining points. My questions How far up the points did you go before skipping over to the next and how many stitches between increases on the wave section? I have way too much time and beads invested in this to give up now 🙂 Thanks RuthAnn

  3. Oriana
    October 26, 2019

    Thank you so much Kate for your video tutorial.

  4. Syntheia Nagel
    October 22, 2019

    Your posts, books, Facebook, and videos are inspiring. Thank you so very much! Please subscribe me to your notification lists.

    • katemckinnon
      October 23, 2019

      How lovely, Syntheia, thank you. You will receive an email confirmation from the Book Blog. Kate

  5. annaparadox
    October 22, 2019

    The new work is so exciting and beautiful! I’m really enjoying the journey of discoveries and creation. And what a generous plan you’ve made to release the technical section! I know I will treasure it alongside my existing books and the books to come.

    Thanks for all the time, the videos, and the dedication to excellence. Much love, Anna

    • katemckinnon
      October 23, 2019

      You KNOW how much I love to hear from you and value your opinion, Anna! I don’t have your email address, but would like to send a note. Email me at

      • annaparadox
        November 12, 2019

        Just saw this today! I’ve sent you an email.

  6. Nelly Nordio
    October 22, 2019

    Good Morning Kate, ok now I’m getting sooooo excited, not long now, when do the digital versions of the new books come out, before the new books go to press or once they come off the press ? I can’t remember.
    Thank you,

    • katemckinnon
      October 23, 2019

      Hi Nelly!

      As soon as we approve the press proofs for the books we will release the digital version to all of our pre-orders. It’s still a few months away; we changed almost all of our content to accommodate the new starts (this was such a necessary move) and so there is a lot of proofing to do on team.

      Nice to hear from you – Kate

  7. Friderike Strassmann
    October 22, 2019

    Thankyou Kate and Team so much for all the work, try and error processes and the possibility to have a peek into and behind the scene. I am looking forward soo much to the next CGB-Book!

  8. astrid
    October 22, 2019

    Awesome! Eagerly awaiting all your hard work!

  9. Diane Schroer
    October 22, 2019

    How do you make the points so long and narrow on the Rick rack?

    How did you make that triangular look on the 2 drop. The boy in your latest.

    Love this!!

    • katemckinnon
      October 22, 2019

      Hi Diane, the elongated look is the 2-Drop talking! Try one?

      • diane schroer
        October 23, 2019

        Hi, I am starting the 2 drop. Already made the single and all 4 pieces are great!! However I have seen your regular peyote pieces with long points too. Do you leave more beads between increases and decreases to do that?

        The ends of the 2 drop have a cool triangle look on the end. Can you tell me how you did that?



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