Shocking Innovations in Beadwork

Presented by Kate McKinnon.

Our February speaker, Kate McKinnon, will come to us straight from the madness of the Tucson Gem Shows and also from one of the last work sessions to send the Contemporary Geometric Beadwork Pattern Book to press. This coming book will showcase a groundbreaking new approach to starting, disrupting, and creating new architectural and modular pieces that will challenge the way we’ve made work in the past. Many of the new techniques the team has discovered make sizing and starting so simple that even a beginner can create complex and well-tailored pieces. She will show you how in only a one day work session, even a beginner can come away with several perfectly sized bangle starts. (Whut?!?)


Kate will share freely with you a few of the most exciting of the team’s discoveries, with a gorgeous presentation that will be a sneak peek at all of the new ideas coming in the next wave of books from the project. As always, all of the technical information from the books will be free and online, which is where you can catch up with what they’ve already done: .  Kate continues with her designs in beads. For more information, go to:

You won’t want to miss this intense, one-night glimpse into a whole new way to bead. Kate will bring one of the new book patterns with her to pass out for free (and to share with your friends as well) and will be selling and signing the first two CGB books after the talk. The team will also have a couple of neat new CGB kits with them, including the Swivel Hypar Earrings, which include both beaded and origami supplies and instructions. Please feel free to bring friends who are new to beading – they won’t believe what they’ll leave knowing!


Kate McKinnon,

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm


Social half-hour at 7:00 pm with coffee/tea

Courtyard Marriott, 5555 Shellmound, Emeryville, 94605.  The parking lot is a gated surface lot around the hotel.  Bring your parking ticket into the hotel; get it validated after the meeting and BSNC will pay the parking fee.  Members free with membership card, non-members $5

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