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


A Jellyfish Assembly, above, and two green scatter triangles, below, by Kathryn Shriver
A flexagon in round beads by Emma Malan, above, and below, some new Swirl Triangles from Kathryn Shriver, which we are wordcharing for our bead assortments.
A lovely Star Spiral created by Susannah Thomson, very nice to make off of the edge of a Casting Spine.

I can’t wait to show you our upcoming new Foolproof Kaleidocycle pattern, I’m very happy with it and it’s my new favorite assembly (although Kathryn’s Jellyfish Assembly above is awfully pretty with the flower shapes, and makes an astonishingly good brooch…) The green scatter and the Spiral triangles will be two of the faces in the demo, and our upcoming bead assortments and colourways are just right for recreating the intensity of these works. All of these pieces are in the new books!

We should have the beads all packed up and loaded into our shop in just a few days, available for exchange or purchase. I only wish we are able to send them out of the country, but for now, they are just available to ship in the US.

It’s time to turn the cats out of my lap, shut down the computers, and look forward to a new day tomorrow. There is so much going on, and all of it is Everything.

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

14 comments on “colours

  1. Moira Marriott
    December 20, 2021

    Amazing innovation and inspiration as always.. keep up the good work .. Beads forever ♥

  2. Sandra Toney
    December 17, 2021

    Also I can’t wait to see the new kaleidoscopic pattern. Thanks to everyone for all your talents and hard work.

  3. Sandra Toney
    December 17, 2021

    I love the new colors. I also got the sunset beads. I plan on trading my reservation for beads so please let me know when they are ready. Thank you

  4. bevmire
    December 17, 2021

    Hi, are you doing any instructional videos?

    • katemckinnon
      December 17, 2021

      Yes, I am. I think it’s important, although it takes more time.

  5. Bonita Munson
    December 17, 2021

    Everything so gorgeous! Susannah Thompson’s Star Spiral makes me want to swim in it.

  6. Ana María Buse de Avila
    December 17, 2021

    Gracias por los envíos de los trabajos que se están haciendo. En esta época de pandemia la entretención es primordial. Felices fiestas Ana María

    • katemckinnon
      December 17, 2021

      Gracias por estar presente y les deseo también un feliz momento, ya que este año llega a su fin. Con amor Kate

  7. Fiona White
    December 17, 2021

    Kate, these are all looking so enticing and mesmerizing. Can’t wait to eventually see everything “in print”. Keep safe and enjoy that beautiful scenery. Thanks to you and the team for your fantastic work and beautiful ethos. 🙂

  8. khoutzel
    December 16, 2021

    Hi Kate! I am on the fence about buying your bead packages because I have QUITE a stash of my own. But the colors you put together are lovely. Is it possible to list the color numbers when you make a post like this one? Also, will there be color numbers listed in the book? Thanks! Kay Houtzel

    Sent from my iPhone ________________________________

    • katemckinnon
      December 17, 2021

      Hi Kay! All of our beads are stickered with colour numbers, and we will absolutely list those numbers in our patterns and books. It’s so important. Right now we are working with our full library of colour, and deliberately making a lot of unique mixes because part of this effort is to stimulate a range of work, rather than sending the same 9 or 12 bead colours to everyone in the world.

      Regarding listing colour numbers in the posts – these are peeks at new pieces, and we are completing their word charts and colour listings now. We will include a booklet of photos and word charts stuffed with colour charts and graphic patterns with all of our bead kits. It’s all being finished right now, and it’s all fresh new colour work. Kathryn Shriver, who made many of the colour choices, is the first of our Fellowship recipients, and so each bead kit purchase is actually what supports the person making the beauty. It’s a nice circle.

      Another thought on colour variation in our assortments is that if we restrict our colourways, we would have to fairly instantly buy the entire North American supply of each and all of those bead colours in order to fulfil our kit orders, and we don’t want to hoard to share, if you know what I mean.

      By spreading ourselves across the entire library of colour, but applying the same design rules to each kit, we are sure to be able to offer this breath-stopping quality in all of our mixes.

  9. Charmaine Duxfield
    December 16, 2021

    Absolutely fabulous 🤩 Such wonderful creativity!

    Cheers, Charmaine Duxfield

    On Fri, 17 Dec 2021, 2:53 pm CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK, wrote:

    > katemckinnon posted: ” A Jellyfish Kaleidocycle assembly, above, and two > green scatter triangles, below, both by Kathryn Shriver. The colourway > above is almost un-photographable, it’s so vivid. The golden beads in the > petals above are hex-cut 24k-plated Delica #C501. An” >

    December 16, 2021

    You take my breath away!

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