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Releases from the new books!

This evening will mark the beginning of the free, open-source releases from the new books, and I am so pleased to finally be welcoming you into some of the finished work. It’s been a thrilling and intense five years.

I find it difficult to believe the apocalyptic scenarios unwinding around the world. Pandemic, fires, melting ice… and more. I hope you are safe, and I hope that we get to see each other again, gather and laugh and bead together again. In the meantime, I continue to move forward and hope that you will be as enchanted as I am by the upcoming release, and that soon we will all be rebuilding together in peaceful cooperation. Perhaps we will work on a national service team together. In the meantime, some of us must dream of clean air, safe children or fair governments.

I won’t be able to answer any individual inquiries until the coming weekend, so in the interim please enjoy the public release, and know that I am squirrelling around behind the scenes, readying our email lists, preparing to verify addresses, managing page edits and continuing to be grateful that I somehow ended up with the privilege of shepherding all of this genius together.

Don’t worry if you don’t have the book(s) on pre-order – I can only manage a certain level of accounting and correspondence here on my own, and we will be printing tens of thousands of books to send all over the world so that you will have a local option, an Amazon option, and all of our favorite distributors will be able to get them for you too.

If you have an address change, please drop an email to me at and I’ll be sure your contact info is updated on our shipping lists.

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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.

15 comments on “Releases from the new books!

  1. Rochelle
    September 22, 2020

    Where exactly can I find the newest release? I’ve looked for it but haven’t been able to locate it.

    • katemckinnon
      September 26, 2020

      Hi Rochelle! We are uploading a finished PDF later today, in fact. The edit version was taken down a day or so ago.

  2. Babette Borsani
    September 15, 2020

    Thanks for all your hard work and sharing it with all.

  3. Silvia
    September 15, 2020

    Dearest Kate, apologies for addressing you so familiarly but you are such a precious person …. Thank you for releasing the technical information for free, for making the effort of redacting and posting it, to begin with, for keeping us informed, for sharing updates, for just being a positive entity in a universe that needs that kind of stuff increasingly more. Please disregard any kind of “complaints” … the mind boggles at the idea that this would happen at all. You have been a boon to the world of beading and pulled us forward tremendously in knowledge as well as in the way a person could conduct themselves. You are supporting yourself financially with this and you still find it in your heart to share and help and patiently address any issues that come up. Salute to you. Oh, and just to stop all this pathos ……. so looking forward to seeing “the new stuff”.

    • katemckinnon
      September 15, 2020

      Oh, thank you so much Silvia! I appreciate the kind words. Soon we hope to support ourselves with the work, but it won’t be until we go to press. I am very eager too. : )

  4. Tamara Allison
    September 15, 2020

    I’m super excited for this release! I’m glad I was able to preorder. You’ve done a fantastic job and it’s all worth the wait. 🙂

  5. katemckinnon
    September 15, 2020

    Hey, if anyone is tempted to be unpleasant about an open-source release (I’ve received a few emails) please remember that we are an all-volunteer open-source research team and all of our technical information is always free.

    I am simply starting the ball rolling today while we figure out how to make our huge print and shipping run happen with only me to manage it. Normally this is a many-person job, with thousands of pounds of books etc. – there are many things we can do to make it happen, but there is really only me to do those things. We can have the bindery mail the books, for example; this is something I am looking into.

    • Julia L Powell
      September 15, 2020

      If you would like REALLY good info on distribution and mailing, you might want to reach out to Jon Schindehette at – he’s very experienced in helping independent artists deal with logistics and services! I highly recommend talking to him!

      • katemckinnon
        September 16, 2020

        appreciated! I have a great rep and I love our print and bind houses but I am always open to expert advice. I will be in touch with him about this crazy time and the new challenges of proofing/mailing with the pandemic and the Mad Postmaster General.

  6. jigsawcube
    September 15, 2020

    🙏🏼 Thanks so much for doing this. I already have so many projects on my list from what you have already shared. I really appreciate all the hard work and dedication

    Sent from my iPhone


  7. Marianne Mukai
    September 15, 2020

    Kate does say in the first paragraph, “…*some* [my emphasis] of the finished work.” I’m sure these are just a few projects to get us excited about what’s coming soon, and to give those who cannot afford to buy the books some projects to see what it’s all about.

    • katemckinnon
      September 15, 2020

      Thank you, Marianne. We always make our technical sections free to all, and I am releasing a large portion of our Cycles chapter, which is a part of the open source technical information. Thank you to all who are being patient, this is a bit of a difficult time here on my own.

  8. Cathy Dempsey
    September 15, 2020

    Are you saying you are putting out the info online, free, before the people who ordered the new books gets them….after this long wait?

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