an open source architectural beadwork project from Kate McKinnon and a worldwide team of innovators
Good news on all fronts, as more of us on team are getting vaccinated every day and we can begin rescheduling things like press runs, book shipping, workshops, beadalongs and team meetings. I still think that enough of us will be able to gather in July and August to print and ship the Pattern Book & CGB Volume III, and Sam Norgard, Kathryn Shriver and I plan to finish up the textbook this fall. If you are on our pre-order list, please don’t worry about address updates yet, we will be professionally checking our mailing list before we ship and we will be sure to be in touch with you to be certain we are current.
One of the first things we have to announce is that the long-awaited BatCycle Beadalong is coming. Join us right here, on Facebook and Zoom for the free, comprehensive BatCycle pattern release. I will present the linkage, show the parts, walk you through the pattern, and for the month of May our team will be available to help everyone who wants to make one.
This is an example of a BatCycle that is almost (but not quite) closed up- amazingly this is the same piece, just in 18 different orientations or folds. Even if you are a cycle wizard, I think you will be astonished by some of the things I have to show about what this linkage can do.
BatCycle kits are available, and they are a fundraiser for our Fellowships and Stipends fund. They have 16 unique colour blends and are made up of all of our favorite, most luscious beads. Find them here for $120 each. The kits have enough beads to make two complete BatCycles, and a great deal of variety is possible by combining the colours further or in different ways.
The BatCycle linkage was designed /discovered by Claudia Furthner.
It is similar to a Kaleidocycle, but uses Warped Hexagons in addition to triangles.
The BatCycle kit, with softly blended colours in beautiful finishes. Beads are Miyuki Delica size 11 cylinders, and size 15 rounds in two different shades. Please see kit page for description, or visit our science team, The UnLAB, to learn more about our Fellowships and Stipend fund.