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BatCycle Bead Colour Assortments / Choices

Good morning! I’m looking forward to this coming Saturday, May 1, when I begin teaching the fascinating BatCycle linkage in a class that’s free to all. Links will be posted … Continue reading

April 29, 2021 · 5 Comments

Preparing for the BatCycle Beadalong

Preparing for our beadalong is simple. No specific beads are needed, although we like to use size 11 Delica cylinder beads for our geometric beading. The number of beads needed … Continue reading

April 26, 2021 · 2 Comments

Last week to pick up BatCycle kits

Greetings! For those of you beading with us the May who want one of our special BatCycle kits, this is the last week to get one. I wish I had … Continue reading

April 19, 2021 · 11 Comments

CGB Workshops: November and December

Workshops just posted – please sign up if you’d like a slot – we will be teaching ALL techniques from ALL books at BOTH sessions. Click the links for more … Continue reading

April 16, 2021 · 21 Comments

BatCycle Beadalong: Saturday, May 1

Greetings, all! Good news on all fronts, as more of us on team are getting vaccinated every day and we can begin rescheduling things like press runs, book shipping, workshops, … Continue reading

April 16, 2021 · 15 Comments

CGB Talk at UCLA this Monday, tune in here

Greetings! I’m happy to say that we expect to be back together as a team soon, as we are all now getting vaccinated and should be able to travel, etc. … Continue reading

April 3, 2021 · 8 Comments

vaccine news and a peek of Spines and Spirals

I read with eagerness that I and my US team will finally qualify for COVID vaccinations as of May. This is great news and I hope it comes true. I … Continue reading

March 14, 2021 · 6 Comments

February, 2021: publication updates

It is almost incredible to me to type the date. I cannot fathom that the pandemic is still ongoing, or that there are people who are too selfish to wear … Continue reading

February 10, 2021 · 20 Comments

Thread as Ancestral Fiber 2

The Tailor Bird uses balls of fluffy plant fiber (like the loose fiber bundles called roving) to sew leaves together to make its nest. By cleverly using its beak as … Continue reading

January 3, 2021 · 3 Comments

Thread as ancestral fiber

I was thinking this morning that the thread we bead with has a lot in common with the threads of knowledge and experience of our ancestors. The threads we cut … Continue reading

December 31, 2020 · 13 Comments
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