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Superstars: Reverse Starflower Pattern Downloads

This was one of the most interesting and difficult patterns for us to present, and while the Superstars chapter is still in final edit, we wanted to share the Reverse … Continue reading

December 13, 2022 · 4 Comments

Reverse Starflower Charts

For advanced beaders who want to get started on the form in advance of our Step-by-Step pattern release, here are the charts for two Starflower patterns, a Basic and an … Continue reading

December 12, 2022 · 5 Comments

Superstar Patterns: The Reverse Starflower

In 2021, we were continuing to revel in the freedom of linear creation brought by the Casting Spine (devised by Joy Davison) and writing up all of the ensuing (and … Continue reading

December 12, 2022 · 5 Comments

Superstar Patterns: The Flat Star Download

This neat star pattern uses geometric peyote stitch with two alternating increase/decrease progressions – the Triangle Increase (also known as the Herringbone Increase) and the Hexagon Decrease (a three-round slow … Continue reading

December 11, 2022 · 32 Comments


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 … Continue reading

December 6, 2022 · 30 Comments

A New World

Just a note to say that I am excited to be in October, it has been a long journey since last we spoke, and as we approach our conclusion I … Continue reading

October 9, 2022

A Deeper Understanding

I’ve mentioned before that if I had known what I was getting into when I first picked up beads and thread, I would have put them back down on the … Continue reading

July 21, 2022 · 29 Comments

Everything, all at once!

Just a quick post to the CGB Blog to let you all know that I am thinking of you during this busy time, and that naturally everything we’ve been working … Continue reading

May 29, 2022 · 43 Comments

Welcome to Spring

Good morning to all of you, from a warm, soft and rainy Spring morning in Savannah. The world outside my door is full of flowers and birds, but also war, … Continue reading

March 24, 2022 · 8 Comments

Illustrated Word Charts

Greetings, all. Karen Beningfield, Kristen Ho and I have been working on our final Illustrated Word Chart formats, and this is one of them that shows each round as it … Continue reading

January 18, 2022 · 26 Comments
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