Different Beads, Different Looks
One of the fascinating things about beading is that just by changing the beads you can make a project look completely different. Take the Triple Quatrefoil by Tina Koyama, one of the featured projects in our latest free ebook, Right Angle Weave: Beading Daily Presents 5 Free Beadweaving Patterns. In her original version, Tina used a base of 4mm fire-polished rounds with size 10, 11, and 13 Czech charlottes for the edging and embellishment. I loved her fun, summery version, but I didn't have any beads like that in my stash and I didn't want to wait until I had time to shop.
I challenged myself to make my own version using similarly-sized beads. When I switch out materials, I prefer to stick close to the original bead sizes if possible, so that the finished size will be the same. It also makes shopping easier, since the quantities needed will be similar, too.
My right-angle weave sample with its 4mm teal glass pearls and size 11 copper and silver seed beads feels more formal than Tina's bright bracelet. I also skipped the picots in my version. Now I'll just need to decide if I want to shop for the 150+ additional pearls I'll need to make the bracelet. I'm tempted to make a simple peyote or square-stitched bail with size 15 copper seed beads. Then I could slide it on a silver chain and wear it as a pendant this weekend. What do you think?
More Right-Angle Weave Projects
You'll find 5 terrific right-angle weave projects in this free ebook:
Learn how to embellish a simple right-angle weave cuff with seed bead picots. The quatrefoil shape can be seen in the bracelet base, in the three-dimensional embellishments, and even in the clasp attachment.
Try these dramatic crystal earrings by the editor of Step by Step Beads. They're perfect for beginners—or anyone who need something sparkly to wear tonight!
Transform an inch-wide ribbon of beadwork into a necklace by learning how to connect the two ends at a right angle. This project is by the author of Beading with Right-Angle Weave.
Learn a stitch variation while creating a lacy bracelet bursting with hexagons and triangles. After you finish this project, you'll be tempted to create your own variations such as star-shaped earrings and ornaments.
Work in segments to create this multilayed bracelet with gold metal seed beads and Montana blue crystal bicones. The right-angle weave rectangles are woven first, then connected with loops of beads.
New Free eBook
Right-Angle Weave: Beading Daily Presents 5 Free Beadweaving Patterns
Learn the basics of right-angle weave with the sparkling Comet Right-Angle Weave Earrings by Step by Step Beads editor Leslie Rogalski. Then create a long ribbon of inch-wide beadwork with the colorful Ribbons necklace by Chris Prussing. The Achimedes’s Star bracelet by Gwen Fisher uses a technique variation that produces a lacy star pattern. Tina Koyama’s Triple Quatrefoil Wrap features fire-polished rounds to create a pretty cuff. Wrap up your right-angle weave exploration with the bold Egyptian Cuff by Shelley Nybakke. Download this free right-angle weave eBook today—you know it's the right thing to do!