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

Basics Sections, Volumes I and II

Please enjoy the wonderful, idea-filled Basics sections from both volumes, with our love and compliments.

Along with Kate’s accompanying free video, you can learn all of our basic techniques and innovative threadpaths – and then you will be more than ready to plunder our two paper books, which we think of as Explorer’s Guides. Find them here!

We welcome your contributions- please send photos of your work, leave your questions here as comments on the blog, or on our Facebook page, and enjoy all of our YouTube videos.


Vol I Basics sample


CGB Basics Header, Volume II, Kate McKinnon 2014

14 comments on “Basics Sections, Volumes I and II

  1. Susan Holmgren
    August 31, 2020

    I would like to make a batcycle. I have purchased books 1 and 2. Can I find instructions in either of these books.

  2. K
    January 8, 2020

    I’ve been working on the peyote triangles. I have done 18 triangles with 9 rows each, I seem to be having a challenge zipping them together to complete ( I think its call ) kalisocycle. It’s the flower face I dont know where to look for the instructions for the hinges. Could you be so kind to point me in the right direction? Thank you so much, K. Nelson

    • katemckinnon
      February 9, 2020

      Our YouTube channel has lots of video, start here?

  3. co0494z
    September 9, 2019

    How do I get Vol 1 and 2? What password do I use to get in?

  4. bonnie van steen
    May 22, 2019

    Hi Kate-
    I have 3 mirror tetrahedrons with a hinge connecting each pair. Where do I attach the 3 to create a kaleidocycle? Also once I’ve done that (I’ve also made a star from warped squares) what do you suggest next? Does the new exploding podcast supersede the mraw belly bands? I am so far down this rabbit hole and looking forward to a long weekend of beading!!!!! Thank you so much!

  5. Cheryl Birnbaum
    December 6, 2018

    Fantastic!! I want to learn “warped square stitching” so badly. Thank you for a free pattern and sharing ❤

  6. Andrea Rohr
    May 2, 2018

    Ich Danke ihnen für die Youtube Anleitungen sie machen wunder schöne Armbänder, da ich eine Anfängerin bin verstehe ich leider das ganze nicht, deshalb wollte ich sie fragen ob sie nicht eine Schritt für Schritt Anleitung in youtube machen könnten von einem Rick-Rack Armband?
    Wäre super, liebe Grüsse Andrea

    • katemckinnon
      May 3, 2018

      Please see the MRAW Zigged Band and also the PodCast tutorials for ways to make Rick-Rack bangles!

  7. Karen
    May 2, 2018

    I have your 2 CGB books, and looking forward to the Kaleidocycle and variations!

  8. dana
    February 9, 2018

    I just found you a few days ago, and have spent every spare minute reading your website tutorials, and going back through the blog – I am fascinated by your work! Just made my first little hypar (so cute!), and will continue on from there. Already thinking about how well this style might work with bead crochet…

    • katemckinnon
      February 12, 2018

      That’s fantastic, Dana, I can’t wait to show you all of the new work I am finishing up right now.

  9. Lillie Hodges
    September 13, 2015

    Peyote stitch has always been my favorite stitch. Square stitch is my second favorite. I am going to try my hand at this and keep you posted. I have beaded patterns from Margie Deeds book “Beading Her Image”, and we will see how this goes. Thank you so much for sharing your open mind and all of your questions, that open our minds to have more question. You are a genius and beading.

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