Mastering Right-Angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster

Nov 1, 2011
Learn cubic right-angle weave wen you make Marcia DeCoster's Tesserae Necklace.

Right-angle weave has always been a favorite beadweaving stitch of mine, ever since I made my first project with it back when I was taking beadweaving lessons at a local bead shop. As soon as I was shown the thread path for right-angle weave, something in my brain clicked: it was at once mathematical and artistic, and I started using it for all sorts of beading projects.

I don't remember when I discovered Marcia DeCoster's work, but it was probably somewhere in the pages of Beadwork magazine. I started following her blog, and was captivated by what she did with right-angle weave.

Right-angle weave is one of the more versatile beadweaving stitches, and in Beaded Opulence, Marcia has created a volume that showcases just how intricate - and easy - beading with right-angle weave can be. Once you have mastered the thread path for right-angle weave, you can complete any (or all) of the twenty-four projects in Beaded Opulence.

While some of the designs in the book take literally minutes to make, there are others that will surely take days or weeks to complete. The projects use both flat and tubular right-angle weave with so many beautiful variations in between that you will find yourself well on your way to being fluent in this beadweaving stitch after making just a few of them. But be warned: if you start making these projects with their generous use of metallic seed beads and sparkling crystal bicones and pearls, you are probably not going to be able to stop after making just one or two.

Now, if you remember the movie Julie & Julia about author Julie Powell's attempt to cook her way through every recipe in Julia Child's classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, you'll be interested to see what beader Cyn Bicker has been doing. Cyn's idea was to take Beaded Opulence and bead her way through every project in the book. So she started the blog Adventures in Beaded Opulence and started beading her way through all of the fabulous right-angle weave beading projects in the book!

Are you inspired yet? Get your copy of Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence: Elegant Jewelry Projects with Right Angle Weave and see for yourself just how beautiful right-angle weave can be. Maybe you'll be inspired to bead along with Cyn Bicker and blog about your experiences in making the lovely beading projects in the book, too!

Have you ever tried to make every single project from a favorite beading book? Or have you ever opened up a beading book and wanted to make every single project in it? Leave a comment here on the blog and tell us about  your favorite beading books!

Bead Happy,


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Tesserae Necklace

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Marcia DeCosters Beaded Opulence delivers all that the title promises and morebeautiful, interesting jewelry projects, clear instructions, and true inspiration for beaders. Diane Fitzgerald


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DAZ52 wrote
on Nov 2, 2011 11:44 AM

this is an excellent book, very clear instructions for RAW technique

on Nov 2, 2011 1:05 PM

I have this gorgeous book and it is quite inspiring and the directions are easy to understand. My only issue is that in RAW, my "grid" always looks wonky. It's off kilter and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. Anyone experience this? I lay awake at night trying to solve this RAW dilemma... thread tension? Thanks!

LizT@19 wrote
on Nov 2, 2011 2:30 PM

RAW will look wonky for several rows.  Tension is also important to get it fairly even.   Don't be discouraged by this - it will pull together and look stunning.  Bead on!!

on Nov 2, 2011 3:48 PM

As a relatively new beader I bought Beaded Allure by Kelly Wiese and just could not stop making the projects.LUUUVED IT.Now i've finished Marcia's book looks like my next contender.

LMarlowe wrote
on Nov 3, 2011 12:08 PM

I love Marsha's work!  I learned to beadweave from Carol Wilcox Wells' "The Art & Elegance of Beadweaving" and love them both. I've made many of the projects in Carol's book - next, I'm going to try some of Marsha's.

vfleckner wrote
on Nov 4, 2011 8:42 AM

I LOVE this book, I've made the ring [can't remember the name and I'm at work] with red, blue, tourquoise, and  green gemstones, in both bronze/copper and silver/sphinx. [I have 4 very happy friends, unfortunately I haven't made mine yet] It's an amazing piece of art. The way it is finished is one of the things that make this ring so professional looking....and by the way, I agree with the wonky grid statement, it seems the larger the project the more wonky my grid, too. I've tried single thread and double thread, the double thread was a bear, but it is the tension and when I finish a project, I go back and reinforce with another go thru and that seems to help a lot.

MarciaD@9 wrote
on Nov 4, 2011 3:37 PM

Springbrook, single needle right angle weave does have a certain amount of 'wonk' because one time you are pulling the thread on a downstroke and the next unit you pull up.  If you are going to embellish between the units then the wonk is of no issue at all as you'll straighten it all up when you embellish.  I agree with the double thread comment, and also giving a little tug at the end of each unit.  Waxing double thread eliminates most of the bother, and if you need to back out, just pull your thread until the eye end of the needle is positioned in line with the hole of the beads you need to exit.  Always works and takes the bother out of unthreading your thread as you do with single needle.  So carry on,  you will find it to be a very versatile stitch and....please get some sleep.