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A peek at our upcoming Möbius Messenger Cycle and Red Flower Cycling Bangle open-source releases..

Greetings, beaders!

This is an edit copy (never mind the page numbers and don’t worry about typos) of s a sneak peek of two of the patterns from our upcoming open-source Cycles technical chapter. Click here for a PDF in spreads. I’ll provide one in printable pages as soon as we finalize, here on this page and also in a fresh post.

The Möbius Messenger Cycle is my interpretation of the Butterfly Assembly, a really beautiful intermediate Kaleidocycle pattern.

The Red Flower Face pattern is Sylvia Lambourg’s interpretation of my Flower Face Kaleidocycle pattern, my favorite assembly for beginners or people who want a fun, easy bead-up. It’s one of my favorites from this chapter for its simplicity and knockout beauty, and I love the secret superpower it holds.

We should have these through edit and finished up (including word charts and materials lists) in a few days, but in the meantime please enjoy the peek and I welcome your comments.

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.

15 comments on “A peek at our upcoming Möbius Messenger Cycle and Red Flower Cycling Bangle open-source releases..

  1. Diane Schroer
    September 28, 2020

    I have to make the flower face. I see 3 shades of red to orange yes? Must buy beads. 10 grams each color enough?
    Thanks for everything.

    • katemckinnon
      September 29, 2020

      Each triangle uses less than 1 gram of beads, and each Flower Module is about 4-6g. One tube of each colour is plenty. We are publishing the full pattern today! Hang on, it has word charts and colour numbers!

      • Diane Schroer
        September 29, 2020

        Yay! Thank You

  2. Lenore Thompson
    September 19, 2020

    Beautiful Kate, love the idea of working with nature to create this small wonder.

  3. lindacostneryahoocom
    September 18, 2020

    Can’t wait to try it.

  4. mjtodd72014
    September 18, 2020

    Hello Kate,

    Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful flower bangle in advance. You are so generous and hard-working. I have made several kaleidoscopes and a kaleidocycle bracelet. Can’t get enough of them!

    Please take care and stay safe!

    Martha Todd Vancouver, Canada

  5. Irene Riedman
    September 18, 2020


  6. Joan Diehl
    September 18, 2020

    WOW! This is wonderful!

  7. christine Dagostino
    September 18, 2020

    I want to try the red flower face!

  8. Birgit Kolb
    September 18, 2020

    Can`t wait to hold the Book in my hands!Love it !!!

  9. Ina Hascher
    September 18, 2020


  10. Cheryl
    September 17, 2020

    WOW! Thank you!

  11. Donna Meyer
    September 17, 2020

    I guess it’s time to buy more red beads. Excellent project examples with clear instruction!! Thank you so much.

  12. Jane Tyson
    September 17, 2020

    That flower cycle is beautiful!

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