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

Publication Update

I have lots of exciting news to share soon, as we are getting closer to publication of our new work.

PRE-ORDERS FOR NEW BOOKS ARE OFFICIALLY CLOSED, and I’ll be back with you in a few days when we clear edit on the gorgeous BatCycle pattern, which will be free to all. I have tried to capture the incredible variations possible with the photography, and I expect we will see a whole new wave of cycling linkages come out of it when you all get your hands on the patterns.

Thanks to all for your support during these incredible ten years of exploration of geometric and architectural beadwork. Pre-order people, I will be in touch with you via email on September 15th with a complimentary digital download and a shipping update.

Just a note -I will be reissuing Volumes I and II in new editions soon too, so if you want to sell your first editions online, now is a really good time. We always suggest listing them for no more than the cover price, $40 each, but no one’s listing will be policed. (Smiling)

See you all soon and I just cannot wait to bead with you again.

beaded Warped Hexagon by Nico Williams

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.

40 comments on “Publication Update

  1. Jo Woolnough
    September 25, 2020

    I am so pleased to have been able to help this wonderful process with my pre-order and look forward to learning more about geometrics within beading – I love volumes 1 & 2 and will be awe of the new one as I have been of these.

    Take care stay safe keep beading 😁

  2. naomi profesorsky
    September 15, 2020

    I pre ordered but haven’t seen any email. Did I miss anything?
    Regards, naomi

    • katemckinnon
      September 15, 2020

      The first releases this week are actually open-source; no need for email today.

  3. Mrs Marion Merrick
    September 8, 2020

    Please could you tell me how much vol 1 2 and 3 are?

    • katemckinnon
      September 8, 2020

      The first two (currently out of print) sold for $40 each, and the new ones will be priced after they are printed, but will be about $50.

      • sylviawalton7101
        September 8, 2020

        Kate, will the reprint of Vol I & II contain the same, or additional material? Thanks…

  4. Ellen Marshall
    September 5, 2020

    Hi Kate, thank you for all you’ve done for the beading community!
    I believe that I pre-ordered Vol 3. I’d appreciate it if you’d confirm.
    Also, will there be any YouT videos associated with Vol 3?

  5. Linda Dunne
    September 3, 2020

    I missed the ordering window for Volume 3. Will there be another printing or will I be able to purchase it as a pdf?

    • katemckinnon
      September 3, 2020

      There will be plenty of paper books – pre-orders were only for people who wanted to support the team while we worked.

      • Linda Dunne
        September 3, 2020

        I’m sorry I missed that opportunity!

  6. Paula J Clouse
    September 2, 2020

    Wow, it’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years. What a journey! Will you be offering update inserts for those who think that Volumes 1 and 2 in the original version are precious and don’t want to part with them?
    Paula J Clouse

  7. Renate Kaulen
    September 2, 2020

    Hi Kate

    I ordered Vol 3 CGB and
    I am going to move soon to a new location.
    How do I/you update my new address information?

    After all this time waiting it would be very disappointing not to receive it.
    Please response asap. Thank you very much

    Best Renate

  8. Diana
    September 2, 2020

    Super excited for this! All the hard work is very appreciated.

  9. Kat Oliva
    September 2, 2020

    I think I’m pre-ordered for the main book. Is it too late for me to order the other 2?

    A day late & …

    CGB hugs to you both


    • katemckinnon
      September 16, 2020

      Oh there will be so many printed! No need to have them on order.

  10. Julia L Powell
    September 2, 2020

    I am so excited to get the third one! it’s been fascinating to really delve into all of this and I’m loving playing with all of it – Thank you so much!

    Question: Are the PDF’s of Volumes 1 & 2 the older versions or are they the updated versions? Thanks!

  11. derangedbeader
    September 2, 2020

    Hi Kate, Will a pdf version of the new book be available? I do not have any room on my shelves. 🙂

  12. Ina Hascher
    September 2, 2020

    Wow so good that it will be availble soon. all the years of working together for all that beautiful beadwork . Thanks Kate for all your time spending with us. Succes with the last weeks. Ina Hascher

    • katemckinnon
      September 2, 2020

      Thank you, Ina! This first wave is only the beginning; there is more work to do but this is the biggie. Hugs.

  13. (Lillian) Jane Tyson
    September 1, 2020

    I have pre ordered a copy of the book but will be moving interstate in a month’s time. I would like to change my forwarding address please

    • katemckinnon
      September 16, 2020

      Sure, just send me an email at and I will update anyone’s address. And we will check them with postcard mailings when we actually HAVE the books in hand and are ready to mail.

  14. Peggy Houser
    September 1, 2020

    I am so excited. Thanks for all the hard work on this huge project.

  15. Sandy
    September 1, 2020

    I tried to comment but was unable to. I did not pre-order the new books. Will I still be able to purchase them?

    Sandy Sherman

    Sent from my iPad


    • katemckinnon
      September 2, 2020

      Absolutely! As soon as they are printed we will have many thousands for sale, pretty much everywhere. We’d love to send to your local bead or bookstore or you can pick it up on Amazon or from Helby, John Bead, Spangles in England, DiMarca in Europe, etc…. Thanks for your interest!

  16. Sondra Simon-Goldman
    September 1, 2020

    Hi Kate

    I love reading your blog and can hardly wait for the publication of the books. Any chance you can open pre-order for me? I thought I had done it, but alas….I messed up!!!!!! Please let me know – I can Venmo or send $$ any way you prefer. Love, love, love Volume’s 1 and 2!!! (Never selling them!!!)


    Sondra Simon Fine Calligraphy and Engraving Studio: 718.592.2505 Cell: 917.359.3224

    **Effective immediately, please use our gmail address:


    • katemckinnon
      October 9, 2020

      Hi Sondra! There is no need to pre-order our books ever, as we print plenty and they will be for sale everywhere as soon as they are finished. We usually only take enough pre-orders to pay for the press run. Thanks for your interest and please enjoy all of the free releases we are putting out while we wait to be able to gather and print and ship our paper books.

  17. Jane Marie Griffin
    September 1, 2020

    Kate, will the new Vols 1 and 2 be printed or will they just be download versions?

    • katemckinnon
      September 1, 2020

      Printed! They are already for sale as PDF downloads, in our shop

      • Mrs Jane Griffin
        September 1, 2020

        Oh ok I thought the downloads were the old versions, looking forward to buying the new printed versions though.

  18. Sue Galvin
    September 1, 2020

    Hi Kate,

    I have moved since I purchased the books and want to be sure you have my current address to send my books to.

    My new address is: Sue Galvin 18318 125th Ave NE Apt 613 Bothell, Wa 98011 206-794-0265

    Thank you! Sue Galvin

    Sent from my iPhone


  19. Carole BOYER-TOUREN
    September 1, 2020

    So glad you’ll reissuing vol 1 and 2, as well ! Have to buy the whole collection !

    • katemckinnon
      September 16, 2020

      I think the first two volumes need updated Basics Sections that include Spines, Exploding Sets, and PodCast beads, don’t you? Sell the first editions online!

      • Carole BOYER-TOUREN
        September 18, 2020

        Hi Kate, I totally agree !! Thank you so much for all you’re doing !

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