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

Welcome to April!

There is a great deal going on at this time with our project – lots of edit activity and great ideas being folded in as we go through all of the material from the first two CGB books, and all of the material from the two new ones coming off of the press this summer. I spoke with our press rep this past week, and it looks like we’ll be getting the CGB Pattern Book and CGB Vol III in August, which gives us a May 1 final submission date, which is nice as we have a bit more time to begin circulating the material around to get wider input. I’ll put them back up for pre-sale in our shop as soon as our files are submitted.

A neat thing happening today that you might want to share is that Danielle Wickes is teaching a free introductory Geometric Peyote triangle class in a series for Michaels crafts stores, and that excites me because of course introducing new people to geometric beadwork is always a good idea. I was pleased to see this beautiful instructional illustration by Karen Beningfield (at the bottom of this page) was featured in the class PDF, and that the bead-by-bead animation done by Julia Pretl for CGB was included as well. We love to see these open-source contributions flow around the world.

Danielle is a wonderful instructor, and her patterns are clear, simple and easy to follow. If you know someone who wants to learn a triangle, this FREE class is a good bet. Click the link or the photo to go to the signup. Thanks much to Carmi Cimicata and John Bead for once again putting CGB forward, it’s much appreciated!

illustrations by Karen Beningfield, flower petals by Kate McKinnon (open source)

About katemckinnon

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

5 comments on “Welcome to April!

  1. jemsbyjill
    April 3, 2022

    Getting this email on 4/3 does me no good whent he class was on 4/1

    • katemckinnon
      April 4, 2022

      The organizers actually only gave me one day’s notice, and the entry was posted and sent out (and put on FB) the very early morning of April 1. Not much I can do about that.

    • Laurie Napa
      April 7, 2022

      The class is available (for free) on Michaels website. Just click on Kate’s link – above – and it will take you to the website where you can choose from a number of classes

  2. Moira Marriott
    April 1, 2022

    Very upbeat and positive … bead on and create looking forward to beady future xxx

  3. katemckinnon
    April 1, 2022

    I was so excited to see the illustration from Karen for the first time, because it’s a simple way (with few words needed) to show a beader how to make the design round by round. Brilliant!

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