CONTEMPORARY GEOMETRIC BEADWORK

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

CGB YouTube: free basic tutorials!

One reason that we don’t have patterns in our books is because they take up so much space. We couldn’t have included hundreds of pieces or artists (nor would this huge, glorious body of original work exist) if we had made a pattern book. Our books teach how. They are Explorer’s Guides, and you are the Explorer.

If you put in the basic work to learn Wings, Horns, and the MRAW Bands (and put in the work one must, to make the forms) you will be able to read our photographs like music, and you will come, through studying the images, and making your own explorations, to understand how each piece goes together. There is quite a lot of information (and some really good full tutorials) here and on YouTube to help.

See the Basics Sections from both volumes of CGB here on the Book Blog, at this link

See the entire collection of our free YouTube videos

See the collection of free patterns and downloads on the Book Blog

If you are just starting with our forms, we suggest making a Tri-Wing Ring to learn the Straight MRAW Band.

 

14 comments on “CGB YouTube: free basic tutorials!

  1. Terry
    January 6, 2017

    Kate any idea of an actual date for Volume 3? i am so biting at the bit to get my hands on it lol i preordrerd so so excited !!

    • katemckinnon
      January 6, 2017

      Thanks for asking, Terry! It will follow in VERY short order.
      Hugs
      Kate

  2. Kathy
    June 23, 2016

    Hi, I’m having problems with the Golden wrap bracelet. Is there a trick for getting the memory wire into the guide round? I feel like I need 2 extra hands to hold the bracelet and push the memory wire through.

    • katemckinnon
      June 23, 2016

      Yes, if you read the text, we recommend putting the memory wire through early on in the process of creation. Putting it through a finished piece is…. challenging. But it’s how Gabriella did the first one, I think, putting it thru at the end.

      • Kathy
        July 8, 2016

        HI Kate
        I have been trying to get the wire in shortly after doing the guide round but it’s still a fight. Like I said before I keep feeling like I need two more hands to hold the everything and still try to get the wire through the guide size 10 beads. I’ll keep working at it. Love all the new creations!

        • janetgunther
          July 9, 2016

          I add memory wire at the end, after I add a round of 6’s as an elegant round. It is challenging and it seems to take forever but I think it takes all of 5-6 minutes. You only have to do it once!

          • katemckinnon
            July 11, 2016

            It’s so much easier to put the wire in near the beginning of the piece!

      • Jamie L. Welles
        July 10, 2016

        I put the memory in after finishing beading the bracelet. I used size 11 seed bead and 0.025 inch memory wire and it worked fine for my 21 inch bracelet.

  3. janetgunther
    February 5, 2016

    I have started 4 different times, all larger and longerr, the Rick-rack bracelet only to find after the 5th row, it is getting too tight and small. I use size 10 delicas and have made by mr aw bands up to 10 inches long now. It seems if I want a nice and tidy bead structure, it ends up pulling itself together tighter and tighter.
    I know you are really busy with your new project at the moment but at some point could you address this? I love what you are doing with MIT too.
    Thanks Kate.

    • katemckinnon
      February 5, 2016

      The Rick-Rack is a form that by the nature of its construction, always starts something like 1.5 -2 times as long as it will finish. There are helpful charts on our web site to guide you, but there are many variables. This is why we have worked to develop starts that are predictable, and they are coming out in the CGB Pattern Book! It wasn’t an easy job.

      Here are the charts – and DON’T FORGET that those too-small starts are very valuable- they can be used as CASTING MODELS for larger pieces, or as starts for flower brooches, pendants, or elements.

      What you want to do is get involved with all of our newest work… coming so soon. In the meantime, save those too-small starts, and check out the sizing charts lovingly assembled by Cath Thomas, right here on this site.

      https://beadmobile.wordpress.com/cgb-free-pattern-library/rick-rack-pattern-graphs/

      • janetgunther
        February 8, 2016

        Thank you Kate. This exchange gives me more perspective for the Rick-Rack bangle. I certainly will keep all my starts and make them into pins. Your words are encouraging to me.
        I look forward to the new work coming soon! All the best, Janet

  4. jamielw505
    December 19, 2015

    I am really having a problem understanding the directions to the Zigged Parrot Tulips. The bellyband has increases all around, though in the picture on page 157 it looks like it is bending downward (similar to a decrease). then is step 1 continuing the increases. Are the downward looking beads in the picture sticking up?

    • katemckinnon
      December 22, 2015

      Hi, Jamie- the Band is a Rick-Rack, so it has both increases and decreases. We have round by round instructions (a full pattern) in the book, pages 156-160. But you need to understand the Zigged Band to make the Tulips.

  5. Jacquie Tagansky
    August 5, 2015

    Excellent video, thank you.

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