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Winter Solstice Greetings

Dear Beaders,

When last I wrote, I began with “we are all in a bit of crisis right now with the pandemic, America is having a contentious election, and this tough time is shredding all feeling beings.”

Since that time, it’s all true, and even more tragic. Over 300,000 dead, the pandemic at a complete overload level, and my countrypeople acting like they don’t know how to come in from the rain, people refusing to wear masks, acknowledge the election, continuing to do family gatherings. White supremacists with weapons in my city, your city, threatening, harming, harassing. There is so much dangerous behavior right now, and I simply don’t know how to look at Facebook and watch people proudly not wearing masks, flying around for the holidays… it hurts to see and I wish we had any type of working government that could pay people to stay home so we can beat this thing.

Half of the people I know and love work in the arts, the theater, they serve in restaurants or work in bars, they do child care and stage lighting and they run bakeries and bookstores, and they are all losing everything while the very very wealthy are making billions of dollars a day. It doesn’t have to be like this.

Our team is ready to go with our new work, but I simply cannot print the books until we can gather to assemble and ship (it’s many tons of books in many thousands of packages) and I just can’t let ten years of work go out as a PDF release, even to pre-orders, I’m sorry. We are just going to have to wait like everyone else while America falls quite unnecessarily into ruin, and then we will have to wait some more while we crawl out. I would guess it will be spring before we will be even able to consider gathering as a team to print and ship. In the meantime, I continue to work; by the time we can to to press I will likely have all four new books/projects ready to roll at once.

The crushing part of this is that while we wait, millions more will lose their jobs, their lives, their health, their shops, their savings, their houses, and their cars, their mental health, and their loved ones. Many of the artists we know and love are in peril, are depressed, are out of money.

You may have heard me mention before that I am currently in a three-year national service period. During this time of a complete lack of national leadership, it’s been difficult to interpret how we should comport our science and discovery teams. For my own part, I’ve used my art to try to bring change, and I’ve continued to work on our presentation so that our books and patterns and classes can support our artists.

Here is a street art piece I placed in an old metal callbox on Capital Hill in DC. It features a moveable action figure of the the late, great Ruth Bader Ginsburg raising her gavel next to a cage of “detained” migrant children with little silver mylar blankets. I did a whole series of pieces like this, moments of our heartbreaking times.

The river of glass tears represents the endless river of harm: stolen children, stolen land, disappeared women. The beads used were from the great John Bead donation; these are big silver-lined glass pony beads that tarnish in the middle; the sparkling tears will turn darker with time….as grief grows.

I hope to be back with you soon, but I fear many of us have a hard winter ahead. I’ll be focusing on the health of our creative teams for the next few months; it’s so hard to live hand to bead to mouth.

As always, I greatly appreciate everyone’s support of the project, and if you pre-ordered any of our new books, you are first in line off of the presses when their blessed clatter begins. If anyone is weary of the wait, refunds are always immediately available. Just email me at

One piece of important news – we moved. When it became apparent that we won’t be able to work in DC again anytime soon (Zoom meetings are not the same as discovery teams gathering) we decided to prioritize CGB, and we moved to Savannah, Georgia, so I could more easily collaborate with Sam Norgard and the brilliant SCAD students during the ongoing pandemic.

Being in the same town will allow us to all work on big pieces together, even if we can’t be in the same room. So far so good – this is a beautiful old city and I’ll enjoy my time here.

Each of us can do our part to help end this nightmare – we can wear masks, wash our hands, donate to food banks and shelters, check on our neighbors and friends, and keep an eye out for those who are struggling. We must join hands in love and strength and grow toward a new spring.

I wish I could chat with you all, see what you are making. Please know that you are in my heart and mind as I burrow in and work. Good luck to you and yours, stay safe and I hope to see you at the other end.


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.

64 comments on “Winter Solstice Greetings

  1. Helen Taverna
    December 28, 2020

    Dear Kate, I am finally catching up on emails, and reading yours and seeing that magnificent piece, was just heart warming. I know exactly what you are saying as I haven’t seen my grandkids in a year, watching my other friends get together travel and act like there is nothing happening. My heart hurts at the selfishness of many, forgetting those that are sacrificing their lives for us, taking care of the sick in hospitals all over this country…(not to mention workers at the PO, Food Stores) ..Prayers are the only thing I have at my disposal, and hoping that the changing of the leaders will get our country going in the right direction…. But I was excited to read you moved to Savannah! I am just outside living in a town called Bluffton, SC…. I do go into Savannah, (Mostly for doc visits ATM)….but love it…We moved south in August 2019, so wasn’t expecting a lockdown and no travel north. But we are blessed to be in such a lovely beautiful area that we can walk/ride & socially distant ourselves….It’s great….Welcome to the area… Be safe, healthy and Happy New Year! And I will wait along with the others for the final release….it is made even better by the waiting! Helen

    On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 10:34 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: ” Dear Beaders, When last I wrote, I began with “we > are all in a bit of crisis right now with the pandemic, America is having a > contentious election, and this tough time is shredding all feeling beings.” > Since that time, it’s all true, and even more” >

  2. patricia piedrahita
    December 28, 2020

    Thank you for that beautiful and moving message Kate, in these troubled moments I think it is very useful to go back to simplicity, I share an old Hebrew prayer that summons that simplicity
    “May your awakenings awaken you. And that when you wake up, the day that begins excites you. And may the moments of the sun that filter through your window at each new dawn never become routine.

    And that you have the lucidity to concentrate and to rescue the most positive of each person who crosses your path.

    And don’t forget to savor your food carefully, even if it’s just bread and water. And to find some moment of the day, even if it is short and brief, to raise your gaze upwards and give thanks for the miracle of health, that mystery and fantastic internal balance.
    And that you manage to express your love for your loved ones.
    And that your hugs, hug. And that your kisses, kiss.
    And may your sunsets never cease to amaze you, may you never stop marveling.
    And that when you arrive tired and satisfied in the evening, you have the good sense to thank you for the task done during the day. And that your sleep is calm, restorative and without over jumps.
    And do not confuse your work with life, or the value of things with their price. And do not believe yourself more than anyone else because only the ignorant do not know that we are nothing but dust and ashes.
    And do not forget for a moment, that every second of life is a gift, a gift, and that if we were really brave, we would dance, and sing for joy when we became aware of it. How a tiny tribute to the mystery of life that embraces and blesses us “

  3. Hagit Amichay
    December 24, 2020

    Dear Kate,
    Thank you so much for your very touching and deep words. Your street art piece sends such a strong message even in picture. I wish I could see it.

    I am perfectly ok with waiting for the books.

    “A masterpiece does not unfurl its wings immediately. It takes time. It will fly when it is ready.”      A.D. Posey

    Love and hugs

  4. Susan Sunde
    December 22, 2020

    Hello Kate.

    I hope you are well. I hope you will be able to publish your book eventually. I know it’s been a labor of love. I have a few items of yours on my bead bucket list.

    I have a question for you. Is it ok if I reference contemporary geometric beadwork YouTube video in the even a second source is needed. This is for basic stitches. Specifically how to make a peyote triangle. I have my own instructions but the animated video sometimes helps new beaders.

    Thanks for considering my request. Merry Christmas!



    • katemckinnon
      December 31, 2020

      Of course! Please do, and it’s fine to embed the video in your own tutorials as well. It’s open source!

  5. Jane Haultain
    December 22, 2020

    Dear Kate, I am sad to read such distress for America and her people….Here in NZ we are able to live a pretty normal life, but we are aware of trouble and heartbreak for those still in the grip of Covid.I hope that the new year will bring successful use of vaccines so that people can return to normality.I love your street art tribute to a great lad

    On Sun, 20 Dec 2020, 04:36 CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK, wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: ” Dear Beaders, When last I wrote, I began with “we > are all in a bit of crisis right now with the pandemic, America is having a > contentious election, and this tough time is shredding all feeling beings.” > Since that time, it’s all true, and even more” >

  6. Deborah Baker
    December 21, 2020

    Yes, indeed, Kate, you have hit the proverbial nail on the head. as I sit here I listen to reports coming from England of a new strain of covid that is supposedly 70% more transmittable than the old strain. Yet I listen to nothing from our government as to shutting down contact with England, and of course still no limits on mask wearing as mandatory. if we look at the countries who have had much less of a fatality rate we find that they put strict mandates in place as soon as possible, and they have reaped the benefits of that decision by having much lower death rates per population than us. How can we live in a country where this is allowed to happen, where the president talks about invoking martial law to stay in office, and the Congress does nothing about it. it is a hard time for me to concentrate as an artist and musician. I made my living as an advocate for kids with special needs, and have gone back into service, for free, with some of the families that have become so dear to me. Those with kids who have severe needs are in schools or hospitals that allow no visitors. I used to do arts and crafts with them and I cannot do so as that’s kind of a luxury right now, but so vital to our kids socialization and creativity, as well as an outlet for them to express themselves during this period of chaos. Funding has tried up for all but essential services, and all special, schools, hospitals, rehabs, etc, are under a “No Visitor” mandate, which have become necessary in our new world.

    Very discouraging here in Massachusetts as I’m sure the rest of the country. I will never understand why people are so eager to wear a seatbelt when driving their car, but so hesitant to put a mask on. I appreciate so much your words. This time for success to redefine our priorities, and we must work together as a country in order to beat this thing. Try to support local businesses as best we can, and do what we can to stay saying and help others do the same.

    I’m grateful for your splendid designs and the challenge that they are to me as a beader. Thank you so much for your gift


    Deborah B

  7. Anne Thomas
    December 21, 2020

    Thank you, Kate for your heartfelt note – and for all that you are doing. If there is some way I can help you specifically, from 3,000 miles away, please reach out. I am doing my part in San Diego.

  8. Kathie Katerra
    December 21, 2020

    Hello Kate, good to hear from you and know you and the gang are safe. I live alone and beading has kept me sane through this horrible pandemic. I spend my days cuddled with my little dog and beading Christmas presents. I’m fortunate to be retired and can put food on the table. So many are not. I’m so tired of the fear and the chaos. It will end and my hope is that all this chaos will lead to real change on this planet.
    Stay safe.

  9. AprilBird4
    December 21, 2020

    So good to hear that you are ‘relatively’ well. I was really beginning to worry about you and your team, personally, health, physically & mentally. Let your art sooth & refresh you and do what you need for you. This work is way to important for you to do anything less with it than what is right. We will be here when it is ready for us. I think Spring and when there is hopefully at least a light at the end of the tunnel would be very, very appropriate. Take care.

    December 21, 2020

    Totally agree and I’m sure all beaders and followers of CGB understand.Stay creative, stay safe and we all look forward to the release when it happens.Regards Moira Marriott 

  11. Cathryn Reen
    December 20, 2020

    Kate, thank you for the update.
    Thinking of you all in the US. Hoping new events come January, and the vaccines will improve the situation for the country.
    Looking forward to receiving the books when they come. The priority at the moment is health and a safe and happy New Year.
    Life will get better.
    All the best, and to you and yours, a Blessed Christmas.

  12. kathy smith
    December 20, 2020

    I am so, so sorry your soul is hurting. Misery really doesn’t like company in this case. Love and peace vibes being sent your way.

  13. Michelle Smith
    December 20, 2020

    Congrats on your move! Wait….4 books? I think I only pre-ordered 3 books. What is the 4th? In a time of instant gratification I find that I can wait for these beauties to be printed and shipped. All the best to you and the team.

    • katemckinnon
      December 21, 2020

      Hi! I feel that I have five projects, I’m sorry/happy to say, if I include updating or consolidating Volumes I and II and updating them with the new Technical Section.

      Then there are the three things you know and have on order: Vol III, which is mostly all beautiful photographs with some commentary on technique, The Pattern Book, which is fully patterns, graphs and word charts, and an academic textbook suspended in process (pandemic) that I am co-authoring with Sam Norgard, professor of design at SCAD here in Savannah.

      The technical section is a fifth living thing, it’s free to all and the update is now over 100 pages and I am struggling a bit with finishing it, as there is so much to tell and I have spent years in discovery, constantly both re-discovering older ideas and re-defining new ones… this will be a living library updated and added to by the whole team.

      This is actually a wonderful opportunity for me to do what I dreamed of, and finish all five of them together. I only wish the circumstances were better for all of us people, and that it wasn’t such an epic task. I think I will take a year to just stare at the Georgia seabirds and bead after.

      I had a great discovery this week, which is that beading wizard and innovator Jean Disrud is living in Savannah now. I first met her in Key West. She is… brilliant. And that might be important.

  14. Debra Baker
    December 20, 2020

    Dear Kate, I am totally fine waiting. For me, as has been the case in the past, hand work brings joy to my life. I have been making squares and triangles, guided by GBB’s excellent videos and diagrams. I do something creative every day and that makes me happy. We’re seeing another generation of creatives bring their work forward and some of it is fantastic. I’m back to needlework and am working on a series of Quaker Squares which are reminiscent of your work, lots of triangles, circles, and squares. I’m glad to hear that you’re in Savannah. It is a beautiful city. We spent 5 days there in the first days of March, murmurs of the virus just beginning. I haven’t been to a restaurant since then, oh but what wonderful food it was. I think it’ll be a great place to hunker down and stay safe. Thank you for all you do to bring art to our lives. The RBG piece is hauntingly beautiful.

  15. Gale Michel
    December 20, 2020

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.

  16. Joyce Peterson
    December 20, 2020

    Kate, as a true artist you speak for us all. The move to Savannah just sounds right. Hang in there!

  17. Aina Ferris
    December 20, 2020

    I enjoyed your wonderful and wise post and am perfectly happy to wait until the books are ready. You are very correct, that this past year has been horrible for many people. As well as the past four years for many. I live in Canada so I am somewhat removed from the troubles in the US, but we are all affected by COVID. My dad used to say, keep your ears stiff, and that is what we all need to do. Here is hoping that with vaccines finally coming out, next year will start to be better, and that by this time next year we will all be able to live more normally again. I wish you and yours a good new year, and look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

  18. Julie Sutherland
    December 19, 2020

    Hello Kate

    Your winter solstice greetings post is really very moving. Your words are probably the most comprehensive and soulful that I have read coming out of America in recent times. I have to tell you, I simply cannot consume and digest all of the news coming out of your formerly great country; I look on in horror and disbelief at the comprehensive denial and discord that is constantly portrayed in all forms of media that reaches us here in Australia. Many jokes abound all across our country about the imbecilic nature of your soon-to-be 🤞former president and the destruction that follows( I hope it’s not too insulting to use those words) but underneath that we feel so truly sad about the unbelievable heartbreak you are experiencing.

    Thank you for everything YOU are doing to persist and survive. Your words and deeds are powerful and I am truly grateful.

    Sending you and all your immediate team, now in Georgia, heartfelt, human kindness and support… even though that can only be virtual for now. Julie Sutherland

    On Sun, Dec 20, 2020 at 1:35 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: ” Dear Beaders, When last I wrote, I began with “we > are all in a bit of crisis right now with the pandemic, America is having a > contentious election, and this tough time is shredding all feeling beings.” > Since that time, it’s all true, and even more” >

  19. sarah loudon
    December 19, 2020

    Thank you, Kate. I will be thrlled to have the books whenever it is safe and feasible to get them out. In the meantime, be well and surely things will begin to look up a bit sometime in 2021.

  20. sarah loudon
    December 19, 2020

    Thank you Kate, I shall be thrilled to have the books whenever it is possible and safe to continue. Be well, and here’s hoping that things begin to look up during 2021.

  21. Peggy
    December 19, 2020

    Dear Kate. Love your dedication to your beadwork but I don’t like your politics. Wish you would have left that part out. I just want to hear about your beads. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas. Peggy

  22. Kathee Colman
    December 19, 2020

    Dear Kate,

    Your latest email touched me deeply. We are indeed in the midst of a dark time all over the world.

    Kate I want you to know your books have shined a light into my brain. They spark both curiosity and admiration. Most of the math and beadwork are out of reach for me at the moment. But that is precisely why I love them. It’s encouragement, aspirational and inspirational all at the same time.

    The simplest and best things we can do right now is to acknowledge each other, take care of each other and be kind to each other. You, your books and your updates do just that for me. I don’t care it I have to wait. Good things come to those who wait.

    While I wait, I’m trying to help others as others like you have helped me. Kate, your gift is reaching people with your art. And I’m pleased to say your art has reached me and encourages me to keep challenging myself.

    Please be safe and have a Merry Christmas.

    Best regards, Kathee Colman

    Sent from my iPhone


  23. Linda H
    December 19, 2020

    Thank you for the update Kate.
    It’s been sad watching the things happening in the States for the last year. We have been very lucky in Australia with the pandemic and people are generally being sensible with precautions. I have no problem with the wait as I know the book will be worth it when it arrives. Please take care of yourselves first, that is more important than a book.

  24. sallanwalke
    December 19, 2020

    Thank you for the update. I hope that out r new administration will be able to turn this around. Unfortunately the general populace doesn’t see the suffering of the artìsts…we seem to fade into the background. Let us know if there is anything we can do.

    On Sat, Dec 19, 2020, 10:35 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: ” Dear Beaders, When last I wrote, I began with “we > are all in a bit of crisis right now with the pandemic, America is having a > contentious election, and this tough time is shredding all feeling beings.” > Since that time, it’s all true, and even more” >

  25. Jane Tyson
    December 19, 2020

    Hello Kate,

    Thank you for the up date. Be well. Wishing you all your famiky and friends a happy and healthy Christmas and may we all have much joy from a new and hopefully better year.

    On Sun, 20 Dec 2020, 02:04 CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK, wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: ” Dear Beaders, When last I wrote, I began with “we > are all in a bit of crisis right now with the pandemic, America is having a > contentious election, and this tough time is shredding all feeling beings.” > Since that time, it’s all true, and even more” >

  26. Violetta
    December 19, 2020

    Hi Kate! So nice to hear from you and thank you so much for the update. Keep safe and take care! Vee

  27. Christine Mole
    December 19, 2020

    So good to hear from you Kate. Here in Australia we have been watching the way people in other countries have been coping with the pandemic and feeling sad. Our govt has been vigilant and tough and so far deaths are under 1000 for the whole country. We thank them for their support ( well most of us do). Apparently our population is about the size of California if you need a comparison.
    We have been watching the unfolding election news with amazement. I wish you an easy transition although it doesn’t look good at the moment. I look forward to getting the books when things settle down.
    Please keep you and your team safe and well through this horrible time. We need artists to survive and provide us with beauty and wonder. Love your RBG Piece!

  28. Claudia White
    December 19, 2020

    Thanks for saying what we feel so well. Good riddance to 2020 and looking forward to 2021. We can only go up from here!. Be well and safe, Claudia White

    On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 10:34 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: ” Dear Beaders, When last I wrote, I began with “we > are all in a bit of crisis right now with the pandemic, America is having a > contentious election, and this tough time is shredding all feeling beings.” > Since that time, it’s all true, and even more” >

  29. Naida
    December 19, 2020

    Oh Kate, my heart breaks to read your post of such despair. Dark times indeed, but we, your neighbours to the north, trust that there is light at the end. Keep well.

    • katemckinnon
      December 20, 2020

      A very hard time is coming for over half of America … evictions, COVID, hundreds of thousands or even a million more deaths… homelessness, lingering health problems, insurance nightmares… and no help in sight until at least March 2020. It’s very grim. And a president who is holed up in the White House trying to figure out how to hold power, instead of how to feed his people. It’s very Nero/Rome… this is not good. Hold us in your hearts.

      Maybe somehow our Congress will act to step in to remove the existing government but this would be extraordinary in the US; we don’t really have the correct protections like votes of no confidence.

      A strong resistance is in place, see for example Chef Jose Andres of World Central Kitchen, who is saving restaurant workings by employing them to cook for and feed the hungry every day without regard for nation or party. He’s my pandemic hero (who was really already a hero before all of this).

  30. Susan Holmgren
    December 19, 2020


    Thank you for penning such a thoughtful analysis of the state of our nation. It is a sad reality that our country faces such an array of serious and daunting issues.

    I was pleased to see you street art piece of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. I am sure she would be pleased as well. Please post photos of your other street art pieces. I would love to see them.

    My best wishes and hope for the future of our nation and for your friends and family who continue to struggle through these difficult and most challenging times.

  31. Beth
    December 19, 2020

    Blessings and peace upon you Kate.

  32. kmatth7621
    December 19, 2020

    Please know that you and the team are in our hearts and prayers. I’m glad to hear about the move. Not only will it help you work better, but the D.C. atmosphere isn’t good for anyone. And, as the saying almost goes, good things come in slow packages. Take care and stay safe.

  33. Sharon Manewitz
    December 19, 2020

    Stay safe and healthy. Enjoy beautiful Savanah. Thanks you for your thoughtful message. May your Christmas be happy and your New Year filled with good surprises. Miss you.

  34. Gail Sammons
    December 19, 2020

    Thank you for putting your true feelings out there. So many people are afraid to say anything “political” for fear of losing followers and supporters. We all need to stand up for what is right and stop the hate and poison that has been running through our country for the last 4 years. If you ever need any help with anything, I would gladly volunteer money and time to support you.

  35. Debby Zook
    December 19, 2020

    And anyone in Georgia: Please remember to vote!

    • katemckinnon
      December 19, 2020

      I know that we are excited to be able to vote in the Jan 5 election- we had no representation in DC so it is fantastic to be able to support Warnock and Ossoff.

      • Lori S.
        January 7, 2021

        As you touch on many different topics — your words resonate deeply with my thoughts. I’m in the DC area and I’m sorry our paths didn’t connect while you were here…and I’m thrilled that of all places to go to — you went to Georgia. I cannot express clearly enough my gratitude for what the Georgians have dealt with during these past couple months and for what was just accomplished on Tuesday! Thank you for everything.

  36. judge55
    December 19, 2020

    Wishing you and all your colleagues the best Christmas ever, thankyou for all your hard work.

  37. Joan Diehl
    December 19, 2020

    Hi Kate–I appreciate you articulating your thoughts so clearly and I’m in total agreement! Keep safe and we’ll see the new books when you’re able to complete the project. Many thanks, Joan

  38. Laura B.
    December 19, 2020

    Kate, It is so nice to read such a sane post during these crazy times. I was thinking of you the other day and wondering how you, and to a lesser degree, the project was faring. Glad to hear both are nice and protected and waiting to emerge on the other side of this. Sending you much love, goodness and grace during these troubling times.

  39. Kathy McLaughlin
    December 19, 2020

    Your email is way to political and divisive. If you want to continue in the future with this type of email going to beaders I will unsubscribe. What your political thoughts are do not belong on this web/email site. It is about beading not Politics. I cannot express my thoughts in your emai to thousands of beaders so how unfair is that?

    • katemckinnon
      December 22, 2020

      Oh, your thoughts are public, Kathy, all replies to the updates post here publicly unless they are offensive enough for me to delete, which is so rare.

      My politics aren’t really separate from who I am, instead they represent my deep beliefs in fairness, goodness, kindness and caring for the least of us, as Christ instructed (if you happen to be religious, this is important to me).

      I rarely discuss politics in a beading setting, but this is a very fragile moment. So – I support you if you need to unsubscribe, cancel your order, or any other reaction you have to my hopes, dreams, and fears for our democracy.

      My best to you always.

    • kathy smith
      December 22, 2020

      I usually try to put myself in another’s shoes regarding politics. I am definitely on Kate’s side of the political aisle. But I imagine reading a post promoting trump and I know I wouldn’t very much like it. And here’s the huge ‘BUT’ – I think almost everyone agrees that many of the things trump does are just plain wrong. Would you honestly have a person in your house, with your family, who is a misogynist, a racist, a bigot, a narcissist, a person who ‘grabs them by the pussy’, who is currently trying to illegally overturn an election that his candidate won by over 7 million actual votes and garnered 306 electoral votes, and is now begging for his base to send him money during a pandemic when everyone is suffering other than the very wealthy. When was the last time he addressed COVID other than to point out how great he is? We now have over 325,000 deaths and over 18,500,000 cases. And he is doing nothing about our population dying other than stirring up discord. Could you honestly say that is the type of person you’d have in your home?

  40. deshoefer
    December 19, 2020

    Perfectly said. Your amazing books are well worth the wait. We now have time to get those UFO’s done, to clear out bead mats and bead tables to be ready for the book release!

    Diane Hoefer

    On Sat, Dec 19, 2020 at 9:34 AM CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: ” Dear Beaders, When last I wrote, I began with “we > are all in a bit of crisis right now with the pandemic, America is having a > contentious election, and this tough time is shredding all feeling beings.” > Since that time, it’s all true, and even more” >

  41. Mary Tennant
    December 19, 2020

    We are all in a very difficult place. Thank you for your heartfelt wishes. Someday this will pass but for now we must do everything in our power to see it through to the other side. My grandparents all survived the 1918 pandemic.

  42. Peggy Kemp
    December 19, 2020

    Kate, it’s so good to hear from you. Nothing is more important than health and safety and decency and civility at this point. We can wait for the books. I was just thinking I never really did justice to Volume 2 and should go back and play some more there. In the meantime, since pre-ordering, my vision has gone to pot and I can no longer bead with 11/0 Delicas without incurring great eyestrain. I sold my extensive collection to one of my beading buddies, it just hurt too much to see them and not be able to bead with them. I still want to get everything, though. As my husband Matt said, I can still derive great inspiration and take it in new directions using beads I can work with (usually 8/0 seeds). But 4 books? I think I only knew of 3 to pre-order – vol. 3, the pattern book, and a coloring book. Is there another book to pre-order? Matt also suggested that you might appreciate some unencumbered donations about now. We’d be willing to do that to support the effort or you personally.

  43. tanbryn
    December 19, 2020

    Thank you Kate!, for expressing what many of us feel.
    You and your team have given me a glimpse into the beauty, order and flexibility that are at the heart of our world. This also gives me hope. Knowing that we can use the art of beadwork and science of mathematics to express the strengths that are inherent in our core help me realize we can come through this together.
    The books will be greeted this joy whenever they arrive.

  44. Dominique Charbonneau
    December 19, 2020

    Dear Kate, If it can be of any comfort to you all, let me say thay that many of us, here in Quebec, think a lot about all americain victims of 4 years of trumpism ( I include here the so numerous victims of COVID-19) I never thought we would ever see that. Trump opened a can of worms that in fact was Pandora’s box. And it’s consequences affects very much also your north-american neighbour. It opened the door to all extremisms here also. The problems surging here are not as acute but we see very well what is going on. I wish you all the best in the months to come. Be safe, be happy, hold on. Your are a part of what United states has best to offer. With love and respect.

    Dominique Charbonneau


  45. Mrs Jane Griffin
    December 19, 2020

    Great to hear from you, I was starting to worry, and happy to wait for as long as it takes with the books x

  46. bevmire
    December 19, 2020

    Be strong. We’ll get through this.

  47. Brenda Day
    December 19, 2020

    Thank you Kate for keeping in touch. I have missed your posts, and look forward to receiving the books as and when. We can all wait patiently until it is safe for you to release them. Stay safe dear friend. Thinking of you often.💞

  48. Brenda
    December 19, 2020

    Thank you Kate for keeping in touch. I have missed your posts, and look forward to receiving the books as and when. We can all wait patiently until it is safe for you to release them. Stay safe dear friend. Thinking of you often.💞

  49. Carol Kuebler
    December 19, 2020

    Kate- Amen! We need more artists like you who believe in themselves and work from their heart.

  50. wisebeading
    December 19, 2020

    Stay safe and well.

  51. Shannon Guzzo
    December 19, 2020

    Lovely, loving, heartfelt message. Thank you Kate.

  52. Dyanne Welch
    December 19, 2020

    Thank you for those wise and kind words! Stay safe! ❤️Dyanne

    • Bonnie Lankard
      December 19, 2020

      Glad to read that you are settling in Savannah and near Sam and the Coastal Bead Society of which I am a member. I am across the river in Bluffton, SC and also social distancing. I do get to Sav’n now and again and am available to help within the guidelines on projects for which you need a team. Our Sun City has limited meetings to 12 masked and distanced participants, but we are happy to have you as our “neighbor “

  53. Charlene Kenney
    December 19, 2020

    What a beautiful piece you made in honor of RGB! Keep up the good work!

  54. zannaht
    December 19, 2020

    Oh my

    Thanks for this gorgeous email

    We’d all love to see more of your installations I’m sure.

    Give huge love to Sam for me please? Are you stitching together squares with her?

    All love



  55. Janet Sherman
    December 19, 2020

    Thank you for the update. Stay safe, stay well.

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