an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Good morning all! A few updates on a cool and drizzly DC morning.
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.
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.
Back with you soon with photographs of the developed and finished components released from this 2-Drop Set.
Here is the video: