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

Hello out there

As we cope with the uncertain situations in our world right now, our team is grateful for what beads can offer us; meditative solace, community, and a connection to an ancient practice.

Thank you sincerely to all of you who have written in to tell us what CGB has meant to you over the past ten years, while we did discovery together, like a family.  It means a lot to me to get those letters, especially now.

Karen Westcott cycle web

Kaleidocycle by Karen Westcott Lautenschlager

The books are progressing nicely to the end despite us having to do each part of the finish remotely (normally we would pile up in some kind of quorum for the final edits). Our best estimate from our press for release for Pattern Book/Volume III is still around the end of August.

As the world has come to a halt this Spring, we find happiness in the idea that over the summer, as we release and demonstrate all of our new technical information) we will be able to collect more and more photos from around the world to fold into the printed pages this August. After all, it’s your work I love to feature.

I feel like an ancient wizard in a secret grotto, at a spinning wheel… and I cannot come up and out until all of the stories are spun. Soon.

CGB Meets Claudia Furthner

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Cycle Options CGB

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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.

11 comments on “Hello out there

  1. Barbrichard
    May 4, 2020

    Inspired by your post of Capitola Bradshaw’s Warped Square Bangle!
    Love it!

  2. Brenda Herrling
    April 29, 2020

    Congratulations on the feature in Beadwork June/July 2020. I’m seeing a lot of that type of beadwork online now. It is nice to read about it from the source.

  3. Amy Fox
    April 28, 2020

    What totally gorgeous pictures! I am happy to wait as long as it takes to hold this beautiful creation in my carefully washed hands. I do have a question, please. when I ordered my books I did not see any information about ebook versions. I do actually want the printed books – they will be works of art to savor. Will ebooks also be available? (For when we can travel again.) Amy

    • katemckinnon
      April 29, 2020

      Hi Amy! Yes, you will receive a complimentary full digital copy when we send the book to the press in August! Until then we will be releasing material from our Technical Section, and doing bead-alongs to guide people through the techniques. Digital copies will also be for sale solo in our shop at

  4. Debra Baker
    April 28, 2020

    This work is so beautiful and inspirational. It has drawn me under its spell.

    April 28, 2020

    Hello Kate, team and beaders world wide,
    I am grateful for all of you.
    Kate has been the catalyst for a project, the likes of which I have never seen. I have had the unusual experience of sharing your collective knowledge with students at the Savannah College of Art and Design. It is pure delight to see them engage with the ideas and beauty grown from the finger tips of so many.
    Keep safe and well.
    Love out to all,
    Sam Norgard

  6. Luz Stella Mesa O.
    April 28, 2020

    Muchas gracias el kaleidoscopio lo aprendi gracias a ustedes estoy esperando las nuevas publicaciones ya que tengo la I y la II

    Dios proteja a todo el grupo

    Luz Stella Mesa

    Medellin Colombia

  7. N Shannon Guzzo
    April 28, 2020

    All those fantastic designs! Can’t wait for the book!

  8. phylart
    April 28, 2020


    At last; can’t wait.

    Stay safe!

    Phyllis Dintenfass


  9. Christy Conolly
    April 28, 2020

    I probably missed many posts – but is there a preorder list or a waiting list to get on for your new book?

    • katemckinnon
      April 28, 2020

      Hi Christy, thanks for asking. We do have a pre-order list accumulating, and the link is here. There is no need to pre-order, though, unless you just want to support the work in process. We will be printing plenty of books. Hugs!

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