Continuing with your beaded jewelry design project, now that you've made herringbone stitch bezels for the beads, we're going to make the base to which they'll all be attached using right-angle weave.
The base I like to use when making these beaded necklaces is a "v" shape that drapes nicely and is easy to adjust for length and fit. (Because being comfortable wearing your beaded jewelry is important!) Another reason I like to use this type of right-angle weave base is because it can support heavier gemstone beads.
To make your right-angle weave base, you'll need the following beads and materials:
- 30-50 grams of size 11 beads, color A
- 20 grams of size 11 beads, color B
- Beading thread (6 lb. FireLine recommended)
Before You Start Stitching: This necklace base using right-angle weave eats up a lot of thread in a hurry, and because you'll be passing through the beads at least twice more when you attach your components, it's best to use as long a piece of thread as you're comfortable with so that you can avoid having to weave in a lot of thread ends. (Starting and ending new threads can fill up those bead holes pretty fast!)
If you're not comfortable using a long length of thread, consider leaving longer tails when you add new thread that you can use to attach your design components later in the process.
Are you having fun yet? One of the reasons I love these particular techniques for beaded jewelry design using herringbone stitch and right-angle weave is that they open up a whole world of possibilities!
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Come back on Friday, March 1, for the final installment in Design Your Own Beaded Jewelry Week here on Beading Daily and learn a few techniques for attaching elements and embellishing your beaded necklace!