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

Wonderful feedback

Thanks to all who read our pages yesterday and sent in photos, ideas, or gave feedback. We had some wonderful additions, quite a flood of input from all over the world and I’m still sorting through all of it. It’s astonishing, really, how many people are beading with us and encouraging us.

I’d like to include some of the new material to yesterday’s release before we move on, so I won’t have a new update today, but we’ll see you tomorrow with new PDFs, including the Flower Face, the Butterfly Assembly, and (a special favorite of mine from this chapter) Sylvia Lambourg’s glorious Red Flower Face cycling bangle.

This is such a beautiful, simple idea; a fashionable bangle that folds into a cycling linkage. Sylvia made her triangles to 9 rounds, or 9 beads per side, and ended up with an 8″ bangle that is very flexible and softly draping. We have word charts for these but we’d love to see your petal designs as well.

Thanks to those who sent in address updates, but don’t worry about this too much. Don’t worry about anything! We’ll do a professional check of addresses (including a postcard mailing) before we ship, and we aren’t quite there yet. As always, if anyone is grumpy about the timeline, I’m sure you know what to do: just email me ( to step off of the pre-order list and receive a full refund PLUS a complimentary digital download of the final book(s).

Personally I am sympathetic, I can hardly wait for cookies to come out of the oven. But somehow, I have done ten solid years here and am grateful for such a harmless and useful obsession.

The only thing I ask people not to do when they get in touch, email, or comment on our posts is to be unkind, because unkindness hampers joy and productivity, and at a time like this we really all need to stick together. When the news gives us anguish, we need to give each other love.

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.

21 comments on “Wonderful feedback

  1. Halyna
    December 25, 2020


  2. Arlene SHERAS
    September 23, 2020

    It all looks amazing!!

  3. Heike Schwelm
    September 17, 2020

    I want to be a part of your group

  4. Joanne M. Fiume
    September 17, 2020

    Beautiful….inspiring….magic! Thanks for all of it!!!

    • katemckinnon
      September 18, 2020

      Welcome! Bead with us, send in photos of your work, contribute questions and ideas, that’s all there is to it. I long for the time, should it ever come again, when we can gather again together, because that’s what our team really does…it’s when we come together in person for a week or so that the work soars and sings and reaches new levels.

  5. Anke Glinka
    September 16, 2020

    Great work! You’re always an inspiration

  6. Paula
    September 16, 2020

    I am in awe of all you and everyone has accomplished. Looking forward to all the new pieces.

  7. Maureen Boylan
    September 16, 2020


  8. Adrianne
    September 16, 2020

    Wow! Eagerly awaiting next book!

  9. Naida
    September 16, 2020

    This is all fantastic, inspiring and generous! Thank you.

  10. Farah adeeba Mughal
    September 16, 2020

    Hi Amazing craft work and site

    Would it be ok to send a simple geometric 3d design would enjoy doing it. With Care and thank you


  11. Shannon Guzzo
    September 16, 2020

    Wonderful CGB and Kate!Attached is a photo of my 48 warped squares, 25-row size.  You can see that I have wrapped tail threads around most of them, so the designs may not show up very well.  I’m organizing them in their positions in an 8×6 square Egg Crate to see who will play nicely next to the others.  And then we zip!Each square is named and my friends to whom I am gifting the project will receive a list of the names but NOT the position in the project.   A few may be obvious and a few will, at the other end of the spectrum, be ID’d by process of elimination.  So I attached photos of a few:  “The Days Of Our Lives”“Where We All Live”“Diamonds Are Forever”Just too much fun!!!!!  Love to you all!  Shannon 

  12. Juliet Page
    September 16, 2020

    Hi Kate, I’m excited to see the new books and the teasers you’ll be releasing. I hope people are nice!

    If you have anyone drop off the preorder list, can I please take their place? I think I missed out on the preorder this time somehow.

    Thank you for all you do! Stay safe and bead on. 🌸 ~Juliet Page

    Sent from my iPad

    • katemckinnon
      September 16, 2020

      Thanks, Juliet, there will be tons of books printed so no need to pre-order, but thank you!

  13. Carol Anderson
    September 16, 2020

    Hi,    I’ve been getting your e-mails for a while.   This one talks about PDF’s and how to do the flower bangle.   When I went to your page the post said to click on the link and then click on the follow button.   The follow button looked like it was saying I had to sign up for WordPress and several other online entities.   Do I need to sign up for these in order to see this info.       I did not put in a pre-order but was waiting for the digital version.   So are these PDF’s and other info only available to people who pre-ordered?  If there is a place where I can learn more about how to access the online info could you please tell me where?  I’m really looking forward to learning more about the cycle mechanisms.  Thanks, Carol

    • katemckinnon
      September 16, 2020

      If you are getting the emails, you are already following the blog. Thanks!

  14. Betty Abbott
    September 16, 2020

    Kate, You are the best! Keep up the astounding work and correspondence! So wonderful to be inspired and instructed with participation by so many exceptional artists. And the public exchange involved is also empowering. Thank you. My work has evolved thanks to everyone’s participation in these collaborative efforts. Betty


    • katemckinnon
      September 16, 2020

      Remember the beautiful photos we took of you at the Fashion Institute talk?
      : )

  15. San
    September 16, 2020

    Well said!

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