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How to make a PodCast Bead

I’m excited to share with you an animated tutorial on the making of a PodCast Bead, created for the free CGB library of techniques by Julia Pretl. Here is a working draft of the 2-page instructions we created to accompany the animation:

12 Point PodCast Draft 6

We hope to bring all of our forms to life like this and I welcome your comments on the animation. This is one of the final pieces we were working on for publication. VERY excited here at HQ.  More soon…


PodCast Bead Web.jpg

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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.

36 comments on “How to make a PodCast Bead

  1. Susan Holmgren
    March 2, 2020

    I am so pleased that I came across your site. I have been trying for weeks to bead a pseudosphere and and hyperbolic sphere. I have tried countless things and nothing seems to look like th ose I have seen. Any suggestions on how to bead these would be deeply appreciated. I have crocheted bot the pseudosphere and hyperbolic plain, but beading them has me stumped. Do you cover either of these in your books?

  2. Char
    December 14, 2019

    Love the moving tutorial showing the thread path! Makes things crystal clear!

  3. Lonia
    December 7, 2019

    Just one suggestion-slowing down the animation, just a bit, would be helpful.

    • katemckinnon
      December 7, 2019

      Thank you! One wonderful thing to know is that you can control the speed of any YouTube video with their Settings menu – its either a little wheel or three dots, depending on your system.

  4. Deb Wozniak
    December 3, 2019

    Wow! I love this animation. It is very clear and easy to follow. ❤️❤️❤️

    • katemckinnon
      December 3, 2019

      Wonderful! This is how we would like to present all of the new work. Glad you like it.

  5. Mari
    December 2, 2019

    Wow. Posted about slowing it down a bit. Next I saw a response about using the three little dots to slow the speed……which is not a choice here. Then my post was removed. I guess only good reviews were wanted!

    • katemckinnon
      December 2, 2019

      Mari! I think you just happened to be looking right when I answered, and it somehow changed the way the comments displayed. You are still in the string.
      : ) We want your input!

      Check and see if you have the Settings Wheel in the lower right. It’s a YouTube feature, not a feature of your computer, so it’s available on all of their videos.

      • Mari
        December 2, 2019

        Much better….thank you!

  6. Mari
    December 2, 2019

    The only way I could use this would be if there was a way to slow it down. I woukd be starting and stopping it to rewind constantly.

    • katemckinnon
      December 2, 2019

      Hi Mari! There is an easy way to slow it down, which is to use the YouTube settings wheel (the same place you click to choose video size and resolution). On my Mac, it is in the lower right and looks like a wheel. On some other systems it looks like three dots in the upper right of the window.

  7. Jane Tyson
    December 1, 2019

    Very good animation showing the way the bead is made. Excellent.

  8. Agnes Farias
    December 1, 2019

    This an excellent animated tutorial. Julia did a fabulous job stepping it out. I actually feel like I can succeed at making this! Thank you both for sharing!

  9. Ellen
    December 1, 2019

    This animation is great. I understand that everything but the starter beads are delicas, but what size are the starter beads?

    • katemckinnon
      December 2, 2019

      Hi Ellen! We use size 8 round seed beads for the center ring. It’s so easy that way.

  10. Donna Burke
    December 1, 2019

    This is amazing! It is so easy to follow.

  11. onna addis
    December 1, 2019

    Thats very well done. Lots of time and talent went into that. I appreciate your hard work! Onna

  12. Susan Sassoon
    November 27, 2019

    I love this animation! Fabulous job Julia!

  13. Janny Barnes
    November 26, 2019

    This is very clear and so easy to follow. Great job.

  14. Nancy
    November 26, 2019

    The animation is great! Hope you do more like this.

  15. Aina Ferris
    November 26, 2019

    This is wonderful. It is very clear and easy to follow. Thanks so much

    November 26, 2019

    This animation is the best thing I have seen since I have been beading for over ten years. It’s extremely helpful.

  17. Ina Hascher
    November 26, 2019

    Super Kate that will help all new beaders.

  18. Brenda Day
    November 26, 2019

    Totally clear!
    Very useful for teaching, Thanks!

  19. Sandra Munizaga Bugueño
    November 26, 2019

    Gracias hermoso!!!

    El El lun, 25 de nov. de 2019 a la(s) 20:28, CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK escribió:

    > katemckinnon posted: “I’m excited to share with you an animated tutorial > on the making of a PodCast Bead, created for the free CGB library of > techniques by Julia Pretl. Here is an example of the piece after 5 rounds. > We hope to animate all of our forms like this and I welco” >

  20. babacho109
    November 25, 2019

    This is the BEST bead animation showing the tread pattern ever. It is a complete path leaves nothing out. Thank you.

  21. Sherry Adkins
    November 25, 2019

    Great visual. Love it.

  22. mariecampbell728
    November 25, 2019

    The animation is marvelous! Well done, Julia and Kate

  23. sandy
    November 25, 2019

    Love it! Thanks Julia 🙂

  24. Joan Diehl
    November 25, 2019

    Love the animation and anxious to make one!

  25. Diana
    November 25, 2019

    Love it! I’m sure will be much appreciated by many.

    November 25, 2019

    Julia and Kate, Congratulations on a job well done! Love the use of color.

  27. Capitola Bradshaw
    November 25, 2019


    Sent from my iPhone


  28. Kim Heinlein
    November 25, 2019

    This will be very helpful to many.

  29. Donna
    November 25, 2019

    Love it, very clear, easy to follow and it is much easier than watching hands.

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