CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK

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

Superstars

We’re almost ready to release our first free patterns (from our Superstars chapter) and a whole lot of new CGB news – new fellowships, our first book release, our very own studio space, a gorgeous Joyce Scott piece we are going to raffle off in support of our education fund, and a very special (pandemic-safe) workshop/retreat series.

Here’s a peek of the chapter opener, and we’ll see you in a few days!

Have you ever experimented with alternating increase and decrease sequences?

About katemckinnon

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

30 comments on “Superstars

  1. Savita Persic
    December 9, 2022

    Hello Kate I have preordered the 3 books but not the text book
    Is there new information in the text books that are not in the others
    Please let me know Savita

  2. Alex Ehlert
    December 9, 2022

    I love the fact that this has been an internationally collaborative and open project and cannot wait to be able to buy the books….(for me preferable than a screen). The world would be a much better place with some more competitive collaboration as opposed to the me myself and I world we live in. Kate, your positivity and acceptance shines with this project, the exploration of beads geometric and open discussion of the same also gives me hope for a better world. The collaboration of many beaders, is a testament to their trust and respect for you Kate. What a treat for someone to be able to explore further via a fellowship. Thankyou Thankyou Thankyou Kate for your drive and enthusiasm. Looking forward to the publication ….. alex

  3. yolandamunozsite
    December 8, 2022

    Your work is astonishing, and I look forward to seeing all the books and trying the projects. In this upside-down planet, your creativity shines and makes me feel hopeful. With gratitude from Montreal.

    • katemckinnon
      December 8, 2022

      what a lovely and kind thing to say, Yolanda. Thank you!

  4. Joan Snyder
    December 8, 2022

    Love it can’t wait very good job you do thank you and Merry Christmas God Bless

  5. Naomi Profesorsky
    December 7, 2022

    Hi Kate,
    So excited to hear from you, and see more of what’s coming soon. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to contemporary beadwork, but more than that – the vision, the leadership, the listening (and taking photos) and logging all the new creations. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!!!!
    Hope you can get some family/fun/rest time during the holidays, Naomi

  6. barka
    December 7, 2022

    je suis toute nouvelle dans le perlage.
    j’adore ce que vous faite :))

  7. Ina Hascher
    December 7, 2022

    Hope to find our new book soon. Succes Ina Hascher.

    • katemckinnon
      December 7, 2022

      yes, but it’s books, we are organizing four of them, it is a stunning amount of detail work. I think you will be amazed as you have seen it develop since the very beginning. Hugs to you and Egbert!

  8. Jacqui
    December 7, 2022

    Hi Kate
    Hope you are keeping well and are looking forward to Christmas
    Just asking if you have dispatched any of the books yet as I’ve not received anything yet
    With Best Wishes
    Jacqui xxx

    • katemckinnon
      December 7, 2022

      No, this is a preview, and we will be doing our first digital pattern release (free to all) in just a few days. Stay tuned, we have a lot of news, books, fellowships, and more.

      • Jacqui
        December 7, 2022

        Hi Kate
        Looking forward to seeing the digital patterns and eventually receiving the book and seeing all of your hard work
        Best Wishes
        Jacqui x

        • katemckinnon
          December 7, 2022

          Thank you, Jacqui! I could never have come this far without such a huge community to work with and through. It’s awe-inspiring.

  9. Jo Woolnough
    December 6, 2022

    Wow I cannot wait to see my long awaited book – it’s been a long time coming but I know it’s going to be worth the weight.
    Thank you Kate for persevering to get this book out for us 🙏

    • katemckinnon
      December 7, 2022

      Worth the “weight” is right! Laughing! We are striving to keep each one under a pound for shipping reasons.

      • Jo Woolnough
        December 8, 2022

        lol I guessed that honey – but I’m still excited as I cannot wait to see them xx

  10. Anja Ruben-Askelid
    December 6, 2022

    I am looking forward to when the books will be released. Ihave not done a lot of beaingblately .l do love working with intricate patterns and tiny seedbeads.

  11. Becky
    December 6, 2022

    I haven’t done much with decreasing nor increasing, but some.

  12. Paulette Mazurek
    December 6, 2022

    I hope those of us that did not purchase a book in advance will be able to in the future. I enjoying following this blog and CGB news and updates. I enjoy making warp square projects and 3D elements. Best to you Kate and the whole CGB Family!

    • katemckinnon
      December 7, 2022

      Definitely! I didn’t want to take any more pre-orders until we were sure about a date; the last wave was in support of our fellowship for Kathryn Shriver. We are going to print a LOT of books, they will be in shops all over the world.

  13. Catherine
    December 6, 2022

    Alternating increase and decrease. I never thought of trying that but now that I’ve heard the idea I wonder why I never did think of it. Often the best ideas that never occurred to me seem so obvious after I’ve heard them. I’m going to have great fun making a bunch of the simple goat stars for Xmas!

    • katemckinnon
      December 7, 2022

      Agreed, and once we saw Susannah’s spiral it really changed some of what we thought we knew, and the concepts crept into every chapter. As I told her, she is singlehandedly responsible for five years of delay in publishing as three times she has shown me something that she made in play that upended my apple cart completely. First was the geometric triangle-based Kaleidocycle in 2015.

  14. Jane Marie Griffin
    December 6, 2022

    Oooh how exciting 🎉😍

  15. Kate Costello
    December 6, 2022

    At this moment I’m not sure if I have use alternating increasing and decreasing sequences. I am currently using odd count peyote on a bracelet and trying to knit socks.

    • katemckinnon
      December 6, 2022

      Ha!!! I am pretty certain that I never did, except when making Rick-Rack but that doesn’t really count as it was all one idea. This one mixes Hexagon and Triangle (aka Herringbone) for spectacular results. The Reverse Starflowers switch the progressions for a cupped form.

  16. Maria Varga
    December 6, 2022

    It Will be so much fun!

  17. Mary Vastola
    December 6, 2022

    When will the actual books be mailed?

    • katemckinnon
      December 6, 2022

      As soon as they are finished! It won’t be long, but it is a huge amount of work (4 books worth) that we are finalizing and we cannot give a date until the press files are complete. We thank you for your patience as we work non-stop toward this goal. Anyone who feels impatient should let us know for a full refund of any pre-order, as has always been our policy. Best, Kate

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