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

End of Year Updates

Greetings to you at the end of the year. I hope this finds you well. As promised, this is me, being in touch with you before year end. Please read this post all of the way through before contacting me. I say this with love and a towering inbox: there is no need to email me unless you need a refund, because….

We Have A Press Date!!
As soon as our paper arrives (early May) we will begin printing. If you want your pre-order, good news, DO NOTHING. I am grateful that we have a slot and have no more concerns about being able to fulfil our pre-orders. Whee!

Bead Assortments are now Available!
I’ve just started adding bead assortments to the shop now, and more will continue to pop up over the next few days, weeks and months. By popular request, bead kits can be sent anywhere in the world, but delivery can be slow and this might not be not a good value for those outside the USA. Buy as many as you like! They are luscious, and no two are the same.

New Kaleidocycle Pattern
My “Foolproof Kaleidocycle” pattern is coming along, if slowly. Please see the next post (coming later this afternoon) for complimentary word charts and colour suggestions for the triangles we used to create our demo. I have high hopes for this tutorial, and it would thrill me if any of you used the same pattern faces as we did to build it. We have a sea-and-sand Magic Triangle, a signal pattern by Joke Van Biesen (below, left) and a gorgeous spiral from Kathryn Shriver, inspired by Dustin Wedekind. Stay tuned.

a FoolProof Kaleidocycle temporarily tied into a linkage to check patterns, beadwork Kathryn Shriver and Kate McKinnon

If You Have A Pre-Order On File With Us, please read below:

USA & ALL COUNTRIES: If you have a pre-order in with us, and you want to receive your order in May 2022, DO NOTHING. When I get our books, your pre-orders will be the first in the world to go out, signed, and with our extras. Yes! Even overseas! Just hang tight, no need to email. I am hugely appreciative of you and look forward to collaborating and celebrating with you in the future.

EXCHANGE: if you want to exchange a pre-order reservation for beads, patterns or anything else, then you may use the discount code PREORDER to receive a credit of $74 at any time against anything in the shop. This offer does not expire, but it can only be redeemed in the shop. If you choose to to exchange your pre-order for a bead kit, I will check your order and be in touch with you if I have questions. If you exchange, you will receive a digital copy of the book(s) when they print, but otherwise your business with me will be concluded. If you wish to exchange more than one pre-order, please place more than one kit order.

If you have more questions, or do not want to exchange or continue your pre-order, then I will need to issue you a full refund. Please contact me via email, and your refund will be issued via PayPal in the first week of January. I appreciate your support and interest in the work, and hope that you find the books in the world when they go to press.

To recap:
• do nothing and receive exactly what you ordered (this is best for me)
• exchange in the shop, and close your pre-order (this is just fine)
• have a refund (this is final)

and I thank you for reading this post thoroughly.

so many colours

Speaking of the Fellowships, this week we made a special gift of a sample of every bead in our colour library to Anvi Shah, who is doing a community project (neatly called All Colours) with Sam Norgard, our first 2022 Fellowship recipient. These beads will travel with Anvi home to India, and who can predict where they will go from there… moving through her hands, her work, her dreams and her heart, and through her practice touching others. The week before we sent a similar package off to Karen Beningfield and her collaborators in Cape Town, South Africa, and so it has been since 2015, always outflowing.

Our team exists to share knowledge, resources and ideas, and we thank you for your support.

Above, Anvi with All the Colours, we were were overwhelmed with their beauty!
Below, making a looonnnng spiral at our December workshop.

About katemckinnon

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

9 comments on “End of Year Updates

  1. Mary Lynne Westervelt
    January 14, 2022

    Just wanted to let you know how happy this post makes me! I love that the preorders will be sent in May – which happens to be our shared birth month. This time of isolation has been so hard on many of us. I know that for a long time part of my brain seemed to freeze up to the point where I couldn’t bead. Now I can see a beautiful light in the distance in the form of the CGB project. Thank you and the team for your continued efforts. Love to you all!

  2. Janet Sherman
    January 12, 2022

    Love the assortments!
    Does the offer to exchange preorders for beads also apply to preorders for the textbook?

    January 1, 2022

    What an amazing way to start the new year!

  4. Karen
    December 31, 2021

    If we choose to take beads rather than the books, how many 10-12 grm tubes will we receive? Happy New Year to you and your team!

    • katemckinnon
      January 1, 2022

      You will need to choose that from the shop. For an even trade (well, it will cost you a dollar, which we will refund when we ship your kit) it is the 9-bead assortment. If you simply want a $74 discount off of a larger assortment, you can choose that too.

  5. Moira Marriott
    December 31, 2021

    Thank you the update. Wishing you and team a healthy, creative new year xx

  6. Sherry London
    December 30, 2021

    I would like to cancel my preorder by using $75 credit on the $75 assortment of beads. However, your system rejects that by saying that the total order cannot be $0.

    Is there a way to fix that?

    • katemckinnon
      December 30, 2021

      Big Cartel shop help confirmed that orders cannot be $0, so I changed the discount to $74, and I’ll tuck a dollar bill into your order.
      : )

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