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

Digital Downloads: Volumes I and II

Click either link below to open the site PDF Reader to view or download the books. You’ll be asked for a download password for each PDF.  Fully linked, interactive eBook and App versions will be released soon; stay tuned for details!

Digital versions of each book are complimentary when you buy the paper books from Kate (get yours here) or can be bought separately online ($15/$25).

Download links (passwords required):

Volume I     •    Volume II

CGB Volumes I and II

Please don’t share your password, or distribute the downloaded files. Although CGB is an open-source project, paper and digital book sales actually fund the project; each purchase is greatly appreciated.

There are lovely samples of both books in the Free Pattern Library on this site, perfect for sharing with people who want to know more about our work.

145 comments on “Digital Downloads: Volumes I and II

  1. Melanie
    May 19, 2023

    Hi, I know it’s been a long time since you published these books. I couldn’t buy them back when you first had them for sale. Are the digital versions still available? If so, how do I get them? Are they only available for Kindle? Is there a Volume III?

    Thank you so much!

  2. Maria
    March 13, 2021

    Thank you. I’m happy, I can’t wait to start my projects applying these tutorials

  3. Michelle Phipps
    January 5, 2021

    I’ve purchased the set books twice now because I forgot i purchased and when i go to the link to download they says i’m at my limit. Now when I email support it bounces back.

    • katemckinnon
      January 5, 2021

      You can always email me. I can help.

      I’ll email you now. The downloaded files can be difficult to find, as many of our computers, phones and tablets are configured to stuff them in files like Downloads, My Files, Spam or Promotions, making them hard to find. I have a manual version I can share, and of course we’ll refund your extra purchase.

  4. yahya kararenk
    September 9, 2020

    I want to buy your book, but no PayPal in Turkey. I would be glad if you add credit card payment option other than Pay-pal.

    • katemckinnon
      September 15, 2020

      Hi! Sorry if the PayPal website is not available, but the books will all be back for sale on Amazon again soon, and with bead and bookshops worldwide. At this time the only things we have for sale are PDF downloads of our first two books.

  5. Bee
    March 29, 2020

    I love what you do. I enjoy beading and wanting to Brad a geometric kaleidoscope flat rose . Would you have a video to show me or a step by step photo of how it can be made or sonething similar please.
    Please do you have a step by step photo of the 3d geometric triangle or a video .
    Please add me to your mailing list.
    With care and stay safe

    • katemckinnon
      March 29, 2020

      We will have this covered for you in just a few weeks, Bee- but there are many many free tutorials online to make a peyote triangle!

  6. Susan Holmgren
    March 8, 2020

    I purchased pdf copies of books one and two. I’m ready to head to the bead store as I am so excited to try some of the fabulous things in these books and on the website. Thanks for the inspiration and the wonderful website projects. Please send password so I can get to work.

  7. Kayley Dockstader
    September 6, 2019

    Amazing! Can I get the password for volume two? Absolutely love volume 1! Geniuses!

  8. Jenny Bowman
    July 28, 2019

    Hi Kate, I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your prompt and extremely generous response to my download problem yesterday. I must admit that until I received your email I had just assumed that it was a 24 hour delay, as I have found with other digital patterns I have bought. I only picked up a beading needle 5 months ago and searching on Pinterest for some beading patterns I came across the absolutely awesome work of you and your contributors and I was hooked! Stunning work, and having now opened my ebooks, I can see that the dust in my home will be getting even thicker as I become more and more drawn into this amazing community.
    Thank you again

  9. eafox324
    March 25, 2019

    Does anyone know how long it takes to receive the password for the digital editions? I purchased both volumes I & II, through Kate’s website, a few days ago. Thank you.

    • katemckinnon
      March 25, 2019

      Please check your “Promotions” or “Spam” folders, Elizabeth – we’ve sent them a couple of times.
      Bead on!

    • eafox324
      March 25, 2019

      Never mind! Found, in my spam, after Kate replied!! Thank you Kate!

  10. Gabriel Goh Ming Loong
    March 14, 2019

    i have already started on a kaleidocycle , soo looking forward to the book. just got confirmation of payment and waiting in anticipation to getting my password and the e- book. i’m already blown away by the freebies, can’t wait for the rest!!!

  11. patty moore
    September 6, 2018

    Hi Kate, I got your book Vol II today!!! It is gorgeous. I am so excited to explore all the possibilities. Like I need more projects. But, this really intrigues me.
    Love your book! Thank you.
    Oh can I get the password for the digital downloads of Vol I. I’m really sorry I missed it.

  12. Kathleen B Costello
    June 13, 2018

    Hi, I just received Vol 2 from Amazon (no vol 1to be had). Could I get a password to download the eBook. Hope you are feeling better.

  13. Natalie Doepke
    June 10, 2018

    Hi there, would like to purchase the ebooks only as moving from this address. I went to your link but says ‘coming soon’. Any idea when this would be? Thanks!

    • katemckinnon
      June 11, 2018

      Thanks, Natalie, we are opening our Shop again next week! In the meantime, check your email.

  14. Holly McBride
    May 4, 2018

    Can I purchase these from your store? I click on the link but the store says that there are no products. I would love to purchase them from you vs Amazon. Please let me know how to do this.

    • katemckinnon
      May 4, 2018

      Hi Holly! When you buy my books on Amazon, you are buying from me, thank you so much!
      I live in a city apartment now, and don’t have room to keep and ship them myself.

  15. elizabeth Spencer
    April 28, 2018

    Can I get the password I have moved and lost it. My new mailing address is p. O. Box 523 gold beach or 97444

  16. E White
    April 28, 2018

    Dear Kate,

    I bought Vol 1 shortly after publication – with your signature – and I was a pre-publication subscriber to Vol 2 – I still use my Japanese eraser/map-pin received with the book.

    I developed eye problems a couple of years ago and thought my beading days were over. Fortunately, good medical care has saved most of my sight

    The sight problems plus computer/ internet connection problems means I lost my original book downloads and my password.

    Can I please have a password to allow me to download Vol 1& 2 and the additional materials? I did ask a week or two ago with no response.

    Because of my eye problems, I did not subscribe pre-publication to Vol 3 but I await publication eagerly.

    I love the ‘pod’ and have now 4 versions and am experimenting whenever I have time. Open ended, it is very useful for necklaces as well as bracelets.

    Please send me a password!

    Elizabeth White

  17. Kathy C.
    April 27, 2018

    I am excitedly waiting for the new book and have already made a pod and two kaleidocycles. I also bought the first book on Amazon. It arrived this week, but I don’t have the e-version password. My fingers are itching for my next project! Thank you for all of your hard work!

  18. Juliana Paparizou
    April 26, 2018

    I purchased both books from Amazon. Could you please send me the password?
    And one more question: When will volume 3 be available?
    Thank you,

    • katemckinnon
      April 26, 2018

      Check your email address for passwords, Juliana!
      Vol 3 coming soon – it will be for sale again next week, I think!

      • Lynn Kordus
        May 1, 2018

        I also purchased Vols. I and II. Can you email me the password?

  19. karensartsandideas
    April 6, 2018

    Are the digital versions of volumes I an II still available? I bought mine from you on Amazon. They arrived yesterday. Such beautiful books. I can’t wait to get started

    • katemckinnon
      April 6, 2018

      Yes, definitely, you can find them in our Pattern Library- I will email you the passwords, Karen, and thank you!

      • karensartsandideas
        April 6, 2018

        Thank you.

      • Annie
        April 9, 2018

        Hi Kate,
        I have the same situation as Karen. My husband purchased the books for me on amazon, but I have no passwords. Thank you your phenomenal body of work!

        • katemckinnon
          April 9, 2018

          Happy to help! Check your email.

          • elizabeth Spencer
            April 22, 2018

            New puter need passwords to

  20. veronique catherine
    July 18, 2017

    Bonjour, je suis française et souhaiterai savoir si vos téléchargements du volume 1 et 2 peuvent être traduit en français.Je suis très intéressée par votre travail qui est fabuleux

    • katemckinnon
      July 19, 2017

      Je m’excuse, mais notre traduction française n’est pas encore prête! L’année prochaine, nous aurons les nouveaux livres en français et en allemand, restez à l’écoute!
      Merci d’avoir écrit!

  21. Bertha Hawley
    June 8, 2017

    I just ordered Vols 1 and 2. Please tell me I don’t have to wait till Sept to receive the password to download them.

    • katemckinnon
      June 13, 2017

      Too funny. They should have delivered to you automatically but you know, the land of email is a foggy one sometimes. I’ll email you a manual set of links.

  22. Annemarie van Noordennen
    September 12, 2016

    Hallo Kate, ik heb het boek volume 11 gekocht het is echt geweldig, maar ik heb geen wachtwoord voor mij is het Engels lezen moeilijk misschien zie ik wat oer het hoofd


    • katemckinnon
      September 13, 2016

      Groeten, Anne Marie, en controleer dan uw e-mail voor de download codes voor beide boeken.

  23. Susanne Yndgaard
    April 19, 2016

    I would like to know If I could just download and buy the books. Im from Europe but am not happy about paper books I more like them online. It didnt seem I got an answer.

  24. Susanne Yndgaard
    April 16, 2016

    I come from Denmark but would REALLY like to buy your books as a download. Its not possible with the links you send me I have a good friendship with books i ruin them. 🙂

  25. Anna
    November 19, 2015

    Hello! Your books are stunning, so much inspiration! Thank you very much!!

  26. Cathy
    June 26, 2015

    I bought Volumes 1 and 2 and preordered Book 3…I don’t recall getting a password…OR I might have forgotten? Please advise. I don’t want to miss out on anything 🙂

    • katemckinnon
      June 26, 2015

      Password for which, Cathy? Volume III is a pre-order (no password yet as nothing to download) and if you purchased the first two books from me, the passwords were emailed to you to download PDF copies. If not, please email me at, and let me know what you need.

  27. Dianne Morton
    May 21, 2015

    Where do I get my password from? I just got my vol 2 delivered from Amazon, I’m in the UK 😊

    • katemckinnon
      June 26, 2015

      The passwords come automatically for free only if you buy the book directly from me, but of course I am happy to share. Just email me at and let me know where you got your book.

  28. Petra
    April 8, 2015

    Dear Kate, I came across the CGB site more or less by accident – but what a lucky one! I immeadiately ordered and paypaled the digital copies of Vol I and II. It’s now a couple of days that I’m waiting for the password to download the PDFs. Did I get sth. wrong?!? Thanks a lot and happy beading! Petra from Germany

    • katemckinnon
      April 8, 2015

      Hello, Petra! I will resend your email with link and passwords.

      • Petra
        April 9, 2015

        Hi again, what a quick reply! I’ve downloaded all PDFs, everything went very well. Now I’ve got the next problem: what to do first?!?! ;-)) Cheers, Petra

  29. Daisy
    December 19, 2014

    Hi Kate, I bought the paper versions of the books in Germany and I would like to get the password for the online ebooks.


  30. Claire
    December 11, 2014

    So excited. Just ordered both of your books on digital download. Found you on facebook a couple of weeks ago and now i am hooked. 🙂

    • katemckinnon
      December 11, 2014

      Thanks, Claire! Don’t forget to prowl the Book Blog here, there is so much content available!

      • Claire
        December 11, 2014

        sorry to be a pain but when do i get my passwords to download the books. 🙂

        • katemckinnon
          December 11, 2014

          Link and passwords were in your email, right after you ordered this morning.
          Re-sent. : )

  31. Sue Galvin
    October 2, 2014

    I got my book today and it is like shopping… lots of eye candy… Love it. Beautiful work in both books.. Thank you for your hard work Kate!

  32. Joanne Moody
    September 8, 2014

    I just purchased the two volume digital download set. When do I get my codes to download these?

    • katemckinnon
      September 8, 2014

      When I start work in the morning. : )
      Check your email.

      • Joanne Moody
        September 8, 2014

        thank you so much! I am extremely excited about these books – especially in digital format!!

  33. Carol geraghty
    September 5, 2014

    Please send me the password for the digital download. I have pre ordered.. Carol Geraghty, Thank you.

  34. Ida Williams
    August 26, 2014

    I’m so excited that I will have the book very soon.

  35. Beth Weld (Elizabeth)
    August 25, 2014

    Thanks for letting us get the digital versions before the print. I will enjoy wandering through and figuring out what to try first!!!

  36. Monika Sueße
    December 12, 2013

    Thank you very much for the digital version. So I can start !!!

  37. Diane Conkright
    September 23, 2013

    This is the beginning of a truly wonderful beady adventure!! I am an artist (watercolor and abstract acrylics) who usually beads when I don’t have time for “that” art. Just seeing these preview pieces has given me fair warning that those bewitching, tempting beads have just leaped forward into another dimension of challenge. Thank you, thank you, thank you…or maybe I should be saying Uh ohh.

    • katemckinnon
      December 30, 2013

      Ah, exciting, another victim! You are going to fall in love with form…. and you are going to need a lot of cylinder beads. ; )

  38. Maureen Russell
    September 20, 2013

    Wow can’t wait for Volume II, haven’t tried anything as yet but this book has my creative mind going crazy. Thank you so very much.

    • katemckinnon
      September 20, 2013

      Oh, how we all love to hear those beautiful words!

  39. Palásti Andrea
    August 22, 2013

    Your beadworks are beautiful. Congratulation!

  40. Iva Jarolinova
    March 25, 2013

    The books are here (Brno, Czech rep.), thank you for all the content from the envelope 🙂

  41. Verda
    January 31, 2013

    Hi Kate – After the book is mailed out, will there be a CGB Forum somewhere? I have some newbie questions (just some things that aren’t clicking for me). It would be nice to ask questions of the CGB community.

    • katemckinnon
      January 31, 2013

      The book Facebook page is a wonderful resource! Email me, and tell me what you are stuck on, and I will both email you back, and also start a post on the FB page so others can weigh in as well.

  42. Karin Whittaker
    December 22, 2012

    I am really looking forward to the book. I love geometric beadwork. My only conundrum is whether or not to look the pages on here or wait for the book?????? lol What I can see on facebook is already blowing my mind!! 🙂

    • katemckinnon
      December 22, 2012

      Well… it’s tough! Definitely look at the Fortuneteller section!! We only published 180 out of 240 pages, so there is still a lot put back, if that helps?

  43. Diane
    December 20, 2012

    My heart is going pitty-pat in anticipation of this wonderful book. It will definately become a classic on every beader’s bookshelf. Bravo!!!

  44. Rebecca Bisgyer
    December 20, 2012

    Kate, you are a wordsmith extraordinaire, and your introduction is as captivating as the finished book deserves. Your descriptions inspire, and I look forward to my afternoon reading the e-book…with visions of structures dancing in my head, no doubt. Thank you for bringing this project home–for all of us.


    • Ruth Bernstein
      December 30, 2013

      You’re right. Kate does with words like what she does with beads, eh?

  45. Linda Roberts
    December 15, 2012

    Absolutely fabulous. I’m so excited that we’ll have the book very soon.

  46. Lisa Aikin (cre8tivGal)
    December 15, 2012

    Oh, WOW!!!! Kate, be proud, you’ve done an amazing job!!!! It’s fantastic, glorious, s scrumptious, magnificent…
    Please take time to sit and relax in your garden, surrounded by damp glittering greens, the flight of hummingbirds, and the purrs of Miss Fish, before you embark on the rest of your journey… You’ve done an amazing job, and have set the bar impossibly high for anyone planning to release another beading book, any time soon!!! Good for you!!!
    Thank you for all of your hard work, it shined through in all you have shown, to date! xoxo

  47. Ellie Grossman
    December 15, 2012

    Ideas are spinning wildly after inhaling these marvelous pages…thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!

    • katemckinnon
      December 15, 2012

      Yay! Almost 4,000 in the pages today, the beady minds of Earth are filling with our forms!

    • katemckinnon
      December 15, 2012

      How EXCITING to hear you say that! Thank YOU!

  48. Christina VAsil
    December 15, 2012

    I guess we are all in heaven, in the bead heaven. Kate ecxellent book, the best ever!!!!!!!!!

  49. jebeadebabe
    December 15, 2012

    I think I died and went to heaven!!!!! wiping the drool off my Kindle. This is going to be the best beading book ever!! congratulations . I can’t wait to see the printed book 🙂

    • katemckinnon
      December 15, 2012

      Like I had to rinse off your Horned Melon, after I drooled on it?
      : )


  50. Jodie
    December 15, 2012

    Omg! It truly looks fantastic! Even on my little iPhone screen… if my iPad will hurry up and charge so I can see it in it’s full glory! I will probably die.

    • katemckinnon
      December 15, 2012

      Lucky we held back 60 pages, you have to stay alive for that! There is more of your work in them!

  51. Martina
    December 15, 2012

    Today is the day and I’m looking forward to get the code! I’m so curious!

  52. Kaycampbell1965
    September 6, 2012

    These pre-order pieces are just awesome 🙂 I know the book is b
    Going to be exquisite ,,well worth the wait, seeing both your ladies work is easy to tell you both are perfectionist:) and the book is going to be flawless,,, take all the time you need, these pre order pieces are enough to keep us occupied 🙂
    You go ladies,,,,

  53. Eileen Stone
    August 19, 2012

    Wowie, wow, wow!

  54. Debbie
    August 19, 2012

    I am very excited to be a part of this adventure. I can’t wait to learn how to stitch the starfish…being from Florida naturally draws me to the starfish. I enjoy all dimensional beadwork. Okay honestly…I love all beads..LOL Once again thanks to all involved and may your creative juices continue to flow easily.

  55. gypsymoondancer
    August 18, 2012

    I am so glad I early ordered. This is so fun, makes us all feel like we are watching the construction of some great fantasy building! Awesome, just awesome.

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  57. David
    August 18, 2012

    I’m so glad that you’ve resisted the ‘corporate’ temptation of sticking to schedule no matter what. This is just another indication that this book will be better than imagined. Keep it up…y’all are almost there!

    • katemckinnon
      August 18, 2012

      Thanks, David. I think it will be really worth the wait.

  58. Colleen Wolf
    August 16, 2012

    Your book is beyond superlatives!! I’ve looked at everything you’ve displayed on all the pages of internet and facebook and every single picture and explanation is as clear as crystal. Thank you so much for your herculean effort, along with all your co-authors. I hope you sell thousands of copies. It is sure to be a classic

  59. SUe
    August 15, 2012

    Thank you for all the pre-order goodies. Can’t wait for the book.

  60. Lisa
    August 15, 2012

    Everyone knows all good things are worth waiting for and your book is no exception!

  61. Kit
    August 15, 2012

    It is exciting to be a part of your experience. Thanks for sharing as you go!

  62. Beatrice Childress
    August 15, 2012

    Just a quick observation…The bellyband is AMAZING! It works up so much faster than I would have ever guessed and is simply sheer GENIUS! I would say more but I must BEAD now!

    • katemckinnon
      August 15, 2012

      We are so glad that you see the genius of this- sometimes people think, “Oh, it’s just a RAW band, nothing to see here…” but they couldn’t be more wrong about that, it’s a miracle, and it’s all about the thread path. Dustin… he’s a wonder.

  63. Sue Galvin
    August 15, 2012

    Thank you!

  64. Diane
    August 14, 2012

    This whole process is exciting. Everytime I look at the beautiful beadwork I get goosebumps. Bravo to you all!

  65. Janet Bocciardi
    August 14, 2012

    Work of art is right… What a gift and labor of love. This will provide inspiration for a life time.

    • katemckinnon
      August 14, 2012

      You see why we keep saying, muttering to ourselves even, “..this is a life’s work…. this is a life’s work….

  66. Jean Power
    August 14, 2012

    Thank you all for your kind comments- it really does warm my heart to see them- and thanks to Kate for setting up the site to make it so easy for this to happen!

  67. elizabeth spencer
    August 14, 2012

    wow now were do i start hehe

    • katemckinnon
      August 14, 2012

      Well, I’d start with the Tri-Wing Ring if you want to make Winged or Horned or Helixy things, and if you want to make the Caldera Bangle (and who DOESN’T) then I’d start with the Power Puff Ring.

  68. Linda Roberts
    August 14, 2012

    Really loving all of these very inspiring patterns. Can’t wait for the book!

  69. Dee Torcherer Elgie
    August 14, 2012

    I’m so very excited…as soon as I have a minute to spare I am going to play with these fabulous freebies!

  70. Helen Fountain
    August 14, 2012

    Just have to say how much I appreciate this advanced sharing of even more wonderful things to come. A unique concept that makes us pre-order people feel pretty special. Thanks so much!!!!!

    • katemckinnon
      August 14, 2012

      Thank you from the bottom and top of my beady heart.
      It’s a good way for us both to deliver, and also to work for another few months.
      which helps everyone.
      And the side benefit of being able to offer people a slot in a gallery, in reward for branching out.
      I am in love with this thing that we built of pixels and signal.
      I hold it in my mind, while it shimmers into existence.

  71. Cathie Ingham
    August 14, 2012

    Thank you so much. Looking forward to your book coming my way. I enjoy you thoughts on your blog.

  72. Skylar
    August 14, 2012

    Best set of beady directions EVER! I have a really hard time reading directions. Having all of the pictures and especially, the flat diagram of what my starting RAW should look like = VERY helpful! Thanks Kate and Jean!

  73. Kathy Sherman
    August 14, 2012

    This is all so exciting! Thank you for this whole experience!

  74. Barb Cohan-Saavedra
    August 14, 2012

    OMG, Kate! These are just wonderful! What a treat! I just hate that I’m at work and have to wait to go play with these! I, too, am thrilled that you delayed publication of the book until it was just right. You’ve put your heart and soul into this and it ought not be rushed. A million thanks!

  75. artandtea
    August 14, 2012

    Thank you SOOO much for sharing all of this pre-order wonderfulness!!!
    -Karen 🙂

  76. Brigitte Baierl
    August 14, 2012

    thank you for the pre-order-FUN !!! that is so much, waiting is much easier now 😉

  77. wendy chercass
    August 14, 2012

    died and in beady heaven!! thanks!!

    • katemckinnon
      August 14, 2012

      Thank you all for your enthusiasm! It means the world to me.
      : )

  78. Charlotte
    August 14, 2012

    Great stuff, thanks. I am just so impressed with the quality of your little “operation”. I love to see people doing things really well. The book should be just amazing.

  79. Beatrice Childress
    August 14, 2012

    Kate, I just wanted to say that I am so very grateful that you all decided to put the finish date of the book aside and include so very much more content! It’s just an amazing body of work and I am totally content to wait until it’s ready!

    • katemckinnon
      August 14, 2012

      Thank you, what a lovely thing to say! We feel the same.

  80. Dolores Rizzo Tesch
    August 14, 2012

    Thanks Kate & Jean. Can’t wait to see this terrific book. Looks great!

  81. Norma Jean Dell
    August 14, 2012

    Yeah! Thank you!!!
    Norma Jean

  82. Rebecca
    August 14, 2012

    Can’t wait!

  83. Tasha
    August 14, 2012

    So exciting!

  84. laulo
    August 14, 2012

    Thank you very much !!!!

  85. Angelica Faja
    August 14, 2012

    I’m so excited, this is a very Special Book and I can’ t wait to get ist finally! Great work!

  86. Yadasi Beads
    August 14, 2012

    Wow! So excited that the publish date is coming so very soon! Love all the great early goodies!
    The wait was so worth it already!

  87. katemckinnon
    August 14, 2012


    • Ginny Murtaugh
      March 28, 2013

      Your book came today!! It is even more beautiful than I expected! Love the size, spiral bound, pictures, everything about it
      Keep fighting mediocrity Kate! :-). . . Love it! Thanks. . . Ginny

      • katemckinnon
        March 28, 2013

        HA! I forgot that I had stated that as my mission. What a good mission it is.

        I am so glad you love the book. Thank you, it makes me feel on clouds when people write in to say so.

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