an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators

Update on our new books

Greetings, beaders. We are all suddenly in a new world, to be sure. I hope that this finds you well. Our hearts go out to all in grief.

Many are stuck at home now, but not everyone has art supplies. One of the things we will try to do in the next months is to put together some bead kits to donate and send out to people who can’t get what they need.

a BatCycle designed and beaded by Joke Van Biesen
BatCycles are modified Kaleidocycles, architecture Claudia Furthner 2017

Perhaps some of you have heard me say that the books we are finishing now are the last books of our series. This is true.  Some efforts are still in process of finishing, but the research team has completed what we set out to do. While we will all continue to bead as a team, my part in leading the project is coming to a close and shipping out the book packages will wrap my tenure.

Our timeline for heading to press with the first of the series remains mid-April, but of course the world has changed a bit and our team cannot gather – and shipping out many thousands of book packages is a team job. Also, all non-essential companies are closed or working with skeleton crews right now, so production schedules will probably slip at the printing house. We print here in the US, on the East Coast.

We will certainly release the digital editions as soon as we complete the edits and syncing, and I expect to have the first book in to you digitally in just a few weeks. I will continue to assess the situation in the next month(s) and keep you posted on when we can expect paper copies.

I am sorry to say I caught the virus and am actually sick  and in quarantine (here in DC we had a lot of exposures) but I’m 8 days in and so far I am one of the lucky ones, able to stay at home and work. However, all shipping of beadwork has stopped until our house is in the clear zone. At that time I will begin again to send home all of the work I’ve been studying and showing.

Thank you again to everyone who has participated, sent work, tested ideas, and supported our team. I’ll keep sharing layouts and photos as we go along, and if you have good, clean photographs of pieces we still need to see, or personal comments or questions. email them to me at Any direct replies to this post will appear as public comments on the blog.

Hugs, and stay well.

Angie Martin Phoebe weba lovely Winged Bangle by Angie Martin

Cliff S-S Final web

an exceptional piece by Cliff Swain-Salomon in a layout from Vol III
(click to enlarge any photos)

below, a Hyperbolic Wave bangle by Joy Davison

Joy Davison Web



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.

44 comments on “Update on our new books

  1. brengarzon
    May 22, 2020

    I hope you are feeling well soon and thank you for your kind generosity in sharing numerous free tutorials etc. I am totally hooked on CGB, you have helped me weather the isolation with pleasure.
    I’m enjoying Volume 1 and look forward to your new book. Take care. Thank you again.

  2. Maria Stehn
    April 17, 2020

    A big hug to you from Uppland in Sweden.
    Your beadwork is fantastic and a great resource.
    I have Adhd/Aspberger and love this geometric beading.
    Its a great way for me to relax from my chaos in my head.

  3. Marie Benoit
    April 15, 2020


  4. J Spinks
    April 7, 2020

    Kate I pray that all is well with you! Stay safe and prayful God is good! I pray that we as a whole recover from this virus! Thank you and all the others for your wonderful work!

  5. Rebecca Comerford
    March 28, 2020

    Could I give you an address change from here? Will be moving in two weeks to 1309 SE 8th St. Unit 102 Cape Coral, FL 33990 Hope you are well. Rebecca Comerford

    On Tue, Mar 24, 2020, 8:09 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: “Greetings, beaders. We are all suddenly in a new > world, to be sure. I hope that this finds you well. Our hearts go out to > all in grief. Many are stuck at home now, but not everyone has art > supplies. One of the things we will try to do in the next months ” >

  6. Paula J Clouse
    March 25, 2020

    Get well soon dear friend. I am self quarantined, but not sick at all. I have asthma and don’t wish to become a casualty of this disease. As I lost my husband last fall, I am the only one in my household and have taken advantage of food delivery services such as Dinnerly and Daily Harvest. Also subscriptions for necessary items from Amazon and I don’t have to leave for anything.
    Look forward to the digital books and hard copies when the world returns to its norm.
    Sending Love and Prayers
    Take Care

  7. Rochelle
    March 25, 2020

    Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  8. Dini Alves
    March 25, 2020

    Take care, take care, take care!! – I have the virus as well – one of the early ones; started 6 weeks ago now…no test kits here in southern OR but who cares, really? Nothing to do but stay put at home and take care; Doc told me if my respiratory symptoms got worse, then he’d admit directly to the hospital. Reiterating what Pat (above) said. Sending lots of hugz, Kate

    • katemckinnon
      March 25, 2020

      SIX WEEKS and still sick, Dini? Oh my. I hope you feel well soon.
      Big hugs to you, Kate

  9. Sandra Toney
    March 25, 2020

    Sorry to hear you have the virus. I hope everything stays in your favor and you get well soon.

  10. Beth
    March 24, 2020

    Best wishes for you to feel better very soon. Sending hope, love, and healing thoughts to you and yours.


  11. Linda Grey
    March 24, 2020

    Get well soon! Thank you for sharing your creativity and hard work.

  12. Colleen Hindson
    March 24, 2020

    That Spirit House bangle is just the ultimate! Wowie, zowie!!

  13. Ellen Haven
    March 24, 2020

    Have a quick recovery. Hope you will feel better soon.

  14. Jane Griffin
    March 24, 2020

    Take care Kate, hope you feel better soon and thank you so much for such an inspiring project ❤

  15. Lori Finney
    March 24, 2020

    SO sorry to hear you’ve been caught by the virus, Kate, be well soon.

  16. Friderike Strassmann
    March 24, 2020

    All the best to you, Kate! I appreciate your work and of your team so much and hope, you can finish your projects as you wish. I am looking foreward to it, no matter how long it takes. Best regards Friderike

  17. maevernon7742
    March 24, 2020

    Please take care. Thank you for all you share.❤️

  18. Dyanne Welch
    March 24, 2020

    I’m so sorry to hear you have the virus, Kate, but am happy to know that so far at 8 days in, you are doing okay! ❤️❤️❤️

    Sent from my iPad


  19. Hagit Amichay
    March 24, 2020

    Dear Kate
    I wish you a very fast recovery and sending you a big hug.
    Thank you so much for the inspiration, innovation and huge contribution to beading and beaders. ❤

    March 24, 2020

    I must say I am so sad to see your leadership come to a close. Your adventurous spirit and open mind wrapped in leadership has been a joy. Thank you! Thank you!
    Hope you and Charles are on an easy path to good health.

  21. Trish
    March 24, 2020

    Dear Kate,
    Praying that all will soon be well in your world!
    Thank you for the joy and inspiration that you bring to mine.
    Wishing you strength, hope and love.

  22. Melissa Starks Rodriguez
    March 24, 2020

    Prayers are with you

  23. Teresa Sagaser
    March 24, 2020

    Hi.  I’m sooo sorry you caught the virus.  I wish you good health and a speedy recovery.  Hugs.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

  24. Jill Azzouzi
    March 24, 2020

    Oh gosh so sorry you are ill. I pray for your speedy recovery.

  25. Leslie Carlin Venturoso
    March 24, 2020

    I can’t thank you enough for your dedication to this project. I’m sorry that you have the virus and wishing you a speedy recovery. Hugs to you. Stay safe.✌️❤️😘

  26. Sylvia Starr
    March 24, 2020

    Hoping you are feeling better very soon. Thank you for your groundbreaking work. So exciting!

  27. Susannah Thomson
    March 24, 2020

    Awwww Kate
    I didn’t realise you’d caught the lurgy
    Stay safe and get better soon

  28. Peggy Houser
    March 24, 2020

    Be well!

  29. blackgwangubeading
    March 24, 2020

    Take good care of yourself and get well soon.
    Tonight midnight in Ontario non-essential businesses will cease for two weeks.
    We may look at things this way:

    “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn
    bushes have roses” Lincoln

    “Without great solitude, no serious work is possible” Picasso

  30. Donna Meyer
    March 24, 2020

    Thanks for all of your hard work. Hope your recovery is qick and easy.

    • katemckinnon
      March 24, 2020

      It’s not a good virus to get, please stay safe and thank you for your kind thoughts.

  31. Ruth McQuinn
    March 24, 2020

    So sorry to hear you have the bug, and pleased that you are doing ok! I have recently moved (again… why oh why…) and I’m sorry but can’t remember where to update my details. Could you let me know know where I input the new address? Thanks so much. And take care!

  32. Lisa Brenner
    March 24, 2020

    I’m so sorry to hear you caught the virus. I’m wishing you a speedy recovery and I’m sending you virtual hugs.
    Lisa from Saint Paul

  33. Erin Bachrach
    March 24, 2020

    Hang in there! Sending some healing energy 💗.

    Sent from Erin Bachrach


  34. Brigitte Baierl
    March 24, 2020

    hi Kate, thank you for your information! I’m sorry to read you got the virus – hope you will be fit again very soon, Best wishes from Germany Brigitte Baierl


  35. Claudia White
    March 24, 2020

    A speedy recovery to you! You continue to inspire. Claudia

    On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 8:10 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: “Greetings, beaders. We are all suddenly in a new > world, to be sure. I hope that this finds you well. Our hearts go out to > all in grief. Many are stuck at home now, but not everyone has art > supplies. One of the things we will try to do in the next months ” >

  36. Nancy Graver
    March 24, 2020

    that was supposed to be signed Nancy ________________________________

  37. Melissa J Geier
    March 24, 2020

    Kate you do such amazing things. All the work and groups and planning and everything are awesome for someone like me. I can’t design . Please get well and take care of yourself. Thank you.

  38. Sara Battaglia
    March 24, 2020

    Dear Kate, a big hug from an italian beader ❤ you already know that here the situation is not so idilliac but me and my family are all lucky and nobody had caught the virus right now. We are all at home, me in smart working, but at home! I really hope you'll feel better very soon!!! I want to thank you for everything you for this beatiful beaded world ❤ Sara

  39. Ruthann Kowalski
    March 24, 2020

    Praying for your Speedy recovery.

    • katemckinnon
      March 24, 2020

      Thank you so much, Ruthann, even with a mild case it’s no joke so everyone, please stay safe.

  40. christiane mckeown
    March 24, 2020

    Take care of you…am pleased you seem to be on the mend…lcx

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    • Pat Ravnaas
      March 24, 2020

      Kate, although I am anxious to get the books ordered, I just want you to be well. Hugs and a speedy recovery. Thank you for all you have done for the beading community! 😊💜😁

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