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

Hello October

Good morning, all! I’ll have two more separate posts up this weekend, one about MIT in 2022, and another with our first kit offerings, book news and a couple of patterns, free to all. But first, let me chat, and do a bit of business, give you some general updates.

I’ve come to be excited about our first release being digital, because it brings back the early days of CGB, when we have a chance to release the new work and still have time to catch photos of it for the paper release. Bead with us! We have a huge coffee-table book of artwork to be printed in Spring that we are still filling up with photography. I also have a new photo setup that is still just a simple folding tent but is blowing my mind with the clarity it is delivering. I am re-photographing whatever early work I can, so that we can show it with 2021 photography equipment and standards.

Kits are thrilling and always amazing in the sheer space and time they consume– the beads alone take up an entire room, never mind the envelopes and origami paper and bins of bead boxes, labels…. But it’s worth it, because they are alive and real in our hands, to your hands.

Honestly, just to see a room full of beads is like a fever dream for me. I will share photos of the process with the kit posts.

Spiral Triangles, designed by Dustin Wedekind, beaded by Kate

Over this Fall, in addition to bead assortments, we will be making some nice foundational kits with our favorite scissors, Tulip needles and hand-wound special bobbins of Nymo from the big cones, along with preparing the CGB academic textbook to be tested live at MIT in January.

(Re bobbins of Nymo – we have enough bobbin-winders now, thank you to all who offered to help! Thank you all!)

The CGB work occupies me somewhat more than full-time, but I am really enjoying it. I feel like all of the questions I have had since I was a little child are finally coming into play, into focus, and in some cases I AM GETTING ANSWERS. This is huge for someone like me, and I am reveling in the freedom of writing, assembling, and delivering. The isolation of the pandemic is a shared situation, but to be honest I have been in this state for years.

The fact that some of the answers I am getting are for the science team is a really shining benefit of my study of beads, and I am so grateful. I have been able to clarify problems for myself about the nature of light, interactions, fields, and physical space. What a gift.

Send your hate mail today!

Unfortunately I must say again that I am tired of getting hate mail from the small minority of unpleasant people who are impatient for our publications. I am always surprised to see anger appear in beadwork, which to me is a spiritual practice. I think I would rather get my hate mail all at once rather than once a month, so if you could please send yours to me without delay to: we can end our relationship promptly and efficiently. If you don’t want to have a pre-order in on a CGB book, that is a very easy solve – we always offer no-hassle book refunds, any time, any reason.

Digital releases will begin shortly, but there is zero chance that we will see paper books before spring – everyone is fighting over supplies, we can’t even get the paper this year. There are a hundred news articles about the nightmare in publishing. I don’t mind waiting, it suits me to have all four match, and be finished to academic standards. I am committed to them, and paper books are central to my heart. Nothing will stop me from printing them, but I will only do it when the madness is calmed, and I can supervise the press run.

We should be living in peace, helping each other, saying no to bullies, caring for the animals, the land, the planet, and for those who have the least. It’s time to stand up for what we believe in, and I want hateful angry people out of my life both personally and professionally. So send me your hate mail today, don’t wait. Lay it on me.

To the rest of you, a tight hug. Stay strong.

About katemckinnon

Kate McKinnon has devoted herself to the study of how things are done, and how they could be done better.

33 comments on “Hello October

  1. momrandav
    November 26, 2021

    Stay well safe and peaceful. Love all your beadwork!

  2. kmatth7621
    October 22, 2021

    Ah, dear Kate, I am sorry to say I have no hate mail for you. There just doesn’t seem to be enough confusion and lack of logic in my brain to enable me to send you a hate mail. So, please accept my apologies and admiration instead for doing a job many others would have given up on long ago. You continue to inspire and amaze both the beading and math worlds with your work and the work of others. I shall continue to direct any hate mail I have to my dog after he gets a big drink of water and then rests his slobbery mouth on my leg to dry.

  3. Eleanor Wirth
    October 13, 2021

    No hate mail from here! I love your work and your mission and am totally understanding the reasons for the delayed book deliveries!
    I would love to have a confirmation that my order is still showing up in the system, if that’s possible?!
    Thanks and stay well!

  4. wisebeading
    October 11, 2021

    Sending love and a supportive hug. Thank you for hanging in there.

  5. Laurie Witt
    October 10, 2021

    How could anybody send a hate mail to you, Kate?
    I live to hear your soothing voice on your videos. Pay them no mind at all. They are small minded while others appreciate you and all you bring to the wonderful world of beadwork. I have your used copy of contemporary geometric beadwork on my wishlist for Christmas. Keep up the Beautiful work

  6. Susan Goodrich
    October 10, 2021

    Can’t wait for the kits! Bring those on…not hate.

  7. Joyce Rooks
    October 10, 2021

    Sending you only love mail!❤️❤️❤️

  8. Linda Wahl
    October 10, 2021

    A giant hug back to you Kate from me in beautiful Tucson!

  9. Chris Andrew
    October 10, 2021

    just ignore the haters we should feel sorry for them for not having a heart open enough to accept the beauty of everyone around them thank you for each and every word and picture you post keeps me going even if I never get time to make them lol love you guys x

  10. Sand Miller
    October 9, 2021

    CANNOT wait to see all the new work and pictures. THANK YOU for all your hard work during the trying times for us all. Your enthusiasm is wonderful…especially now. Thanks again.

  11. Peggy Kemp
    October 9, 2021

    Dear Kate, dearest distant friend, That people send you hate mail is really distressing. I want to hunt them down and hurt them, which is not a nice and caring reaction. I guess I have to just bless their hearts and hope they turn themselves around, or at least leave you alone. I am on my way up to the mountains for 6 days, a time when I typically hold my own private bead retreat. I think I’ll take volumes 1 and 2 with me this year and try to make something geometric. My eyes aren’t good at beadweaving anymore, but I continue to try with size 8 seed beads. I appreciate your detailed updates. I had no idea printing was so impacted by the shortages. It’s a truly wild time. Be safe and of good cheer. Know that so many people love and appreciate you. And those who don’t can just get bent. Aloha, Peggy

    • katemckinnon
      October 10, 2021

      Peggy, aloha.

      Yes the printing industry is like a feral dog fight right now, it’s all they are talking about. We can’t afford to compete but you know, I am still working anyway (see longer comment in this thread) and so honestly for me, the timing is right. But I know it’s frustrating to people who think we are a regular business or something… this is a wild project and I can’t even believe how big and alive it got!!!

      It’s always so nice to hear from you. Re hate mail, well. It happens. Someone I didn’t even know sent me some frothy screed last week calling me a liar and a thief, and posted on Facebook that she was going to hire “lawyers” to bring me to heel. I just hardly knew what to say – all she had to do was ask for a refund of her pre-order. I think that more is going on with the angry people right now than we can comprehend. I see them yelling and screaming at nurses and teachers and service workers, and I just can’t even fathom what they are thinking.

  12. Friderike Strassmann
    October 9, 2021

    If i would live nearer, i would definitely offer to wind bobbins for you! Instead i can only send you my greetings and a big hug back.

    • katemckinnon
      October 10, 2021

      If you lived nearer we would be beading together!

  13. Anne G Thomas, PhD
    October 9, 2021

    Thank you for all of your work and for your open and honest communication. You bring joy into my life and you came into my life at the beginning of the pandemic. You are one of the silver linings. If at some time you need extra help please let me know.

  14. Sarah Beardslee
    October 9, 2021

    Honestly, I’m patiently waiting for all the goodness!! The pandemic has thrown everything off, and I know that so many things are being delayed due to shipping issues. My own jewelry making business has had it’s own share of challenges, with one of my suppliers basically going out of business, without being able to find a replacement for what I need. First world problems. Looking forward to seeing all your upcoming posts.

  15. Shannon Guzzo
    October 9, 2021

    Hugs back atcha! Quality is worth the wait!!!

  16. Linda
    October 9, 2021

    So sorry you are receiving so much hate mail. It is totally unnecessary.

    • katemckinnon
      October 9, 2021

      It’s just a rare few, so I’d like to find them all at once so I am not accidentally working to deliver the stuff of my heart for them.

  17. Deirdre Rose
    October 9, 2021

    You put it perfectly Kate re. the hate mail. If you love beads and beading how can you be in a hurry? I would love to help wind bobbins BUT I am UK based so probs not much use. I am happy and excited to wait for whatever is coming out

    • katemckinnon
      October 9, 2021

      We got a ton of offers for bobbins, which is wonderful, but thank you! Keep in touch!

      • Laurel
        October 9, 2021

        Kate, I would be happy to wind bobbins

  18. Susan Richter
    October 9, 2021

    Congratulations on your creativity and perseverance. I’ve admired your your and your teams work from the start. Always know that you have made in a difference in many many lives. Best Susan Richter

    Sent from my iPhone


  19. Catherine Russell
    October 9, 2021

    I’m excited to get the next books whenever you are able to make that happen. You are such an inspiration in so many ways. I’m very sure that appreciation for all you do is overwhelmingly greater than any negative thoughts about book delivery dates.

    • katemckinnon
      October 9, 2021

      Oh yes, our community is vibrant and full of life, the way beading should be, but I have had enough of diplomacy with the way a certain segment of society is acting – people are abusing health care workers and teachers for Pete’s sake. One hate mail for me can ruin a whole week, all of them together would be much better so I can get rid of the dozen or so people who are causing all of the harm.

      Like on Facebook, I think they figured out that a giant flood of misinformation came from just a handful of accounts. Life is like that!

      Thank you for your lovely note.

  20. BarbaraBriggsDesigns
    October 9, 2021

    Kate, your paragraph re: hate mail is priceless…love it!

  21. Sondra Simon-Goldman
    October 9, 2021

    Good morning…..I am prepaid for the books and happily waiting. However, I’m confused by the previous post about the digital books. If we are prepaid for print books, do we get digital? Or, do we have to purchase the digital. I’m happy to do that, but a bit confused – so sorry!

    If I need to purchase the digital, please let me know and I will do so asap…..thanks for all your hard work – it’s much appreciated!


    Sondra Simon Fine Calligraphy and Engraving Studio: 718.592.2505 Cell: 917.359.3224


    • katemckinnon
      October 9, 2021

      Hi Sondra. Everyone who buys paper books ALWAYS gets a free digital copy, and in fact pre-orders will receive complimentary digital copies of all of our new books, with our thanks. If you have paper copies of Volumes I and II but do not have digital copies, please email me at and ask for a download.

  22. Carol
    October 9, 2021

    All good things are worth waiting for, thank you for sharing this wonderful journey of discovery, innovation and beautiful beads.

  23. Angelina
    October 9, 2021

    And a big hug to you, stay strong. It’s hard not to take it personally, but people’s anger and frustrations aren’t about you, beading or even the books, it’s about their own dissatisfaction with their lives. Xxx

  24. dbednarek
    October 9, 2021

    Hi Kate, This is not hate mail in the least! I have always worked with both beads and yarn in weaving and tapestry weaving has taken over my creative time the past couple of years. However, I still look forward to getting my paper copy whenever it comes out and will check the digital releases too. I haven’t given up beads, they’re just on the back burner. Stay well and keep up the amazing work. Not many people would stick to this as long as you have, Deb a Bednarek

    Sent from my iPad


  25. Marilyn Earhart
    October 9, 2021

    Thank you for hanging in there. You are a trooper with a beautiful vision

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