Gotta Bead Right Now? Try Right-angle Weave!

Jul 6, 2012

The versatility of right-angle weave never ceases to amaze me. I can think of at least a dozen ways to embellish a single strip of this fabulous bead-weaving stitch. You can shape it without making complicated increases and decreases and just changing up the size of your beads. It can be used to create beaded fabric, beaded ropes, and beaded bezels to capture your favorite gemstones and crystals.

If you're just learning the basics of right-angle weave, or even if you're looking for new ways to use this favorite bead-weaving stitch, there's no shortage of ideas out there. Right-angle weave can be used to make playful, casual, classic, or elegant beaded jewelry using freshwater pearls, crystals, sequins, and cabochons!

Take a look at how five bead-weaving artists use a different variation of right-angle weave to create spectacular beaded jewelry:

The easiest way to create with right-angle weave is to just make a strip of beadwork, and then add a final row of dangles. Leslee Frumin's Puttin' On the Ritz only looks hard, but because you're using large freshwater pearls for the base row, it actually comes together pretty quickly. Don't worry, we won't tell anyone when they wonder how many hours you spent stitching up this classic gem of a beaded necklace.
Shaping right-angle weave isn't hard to do when you want to achieve more dramatic effects. You won't believe how quickly my own Turquoise Couture earrings work up, and if you don't like the look of the gemstones, you can replace them with sparkly crystal bicone beads to create a pair of easy special-occasion earrings.
Even if all you can do is just make a few rows of right-angle weave, then you can make Shelley Nybakke's dramatic Egyptian Collar. Stitch a little, then string a lot when you connect each strip of right-angle weave with lovely swags. This is one right-angle weave necklace that you'll want to wear every day!
Right-angle weave can be embellished in so many different ways! Kate McKinnon uses one of my favorite techniques in her Modern Art Cuff bracelet: make a simple base of right-angle weave "windows", and then use sequins, disc beads, or drops to add an extra dimension and a splash of color.
May Brisebois takes advantage of right-angle weave's strength and simplicity with her Celestial Sparkle bracelet. Right-angle weave is an easy and fast way to create a beaded bezel for all kinds of crystal stones, gemstone cabochons, and other jewelry-making components without a hole. In just a few minutes, you've created a secure beaded bezel to hold a crystal stone, and you're ready to connect them with simple strands of beads!

Another aspect of right-angle weave that I love is that it's so easy to do with whatever beads you happen to have handy! Round beads, bicones, and seed beads all come together in a snap when you stitch them with right-angle weave. Whenever I find myself in one of those gotta-bead-right-now moods, right-angle weave is my go-to bead-weaving stitch for instant gratification!

And speaking of instant gratification: if you're looking for twelve fabulous right-angle weave beading projects, we've got you covered. Download your copy of Best of Beadwork: 12 Right-angle Weave Projects and get instant access to all five beading projects I mentioned above, plus seven more! Where else can you get twelve beading projects for less than a dollar each? Download your copy of Best of Beadwork: 12 Right-angle Weave Projects and make right-angle weave your new favorite beading stitch!

What do you like best about right-angle weave? Is it the strength of the stitch? The ease of shaping it? The many ways to embellish it? Now you know why I love right-angle weave, so leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and tell us why you love right-angle weave, too!

Bead Happy,

Jennifer


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KWseattle wrote
on Jul 10, 2012 11:04 AM

I love the versatility of right angle weave.  At it's simplest, it creates a cloth-like fabric with beautiful drape.  It works equally well in geometric and organic designs, and lends itself readily to freeform beading.  I especially enjoy combining it with freeform peyote.  

LindaS@239 wrote
on Aug 6, 2013 9:46 AM

I found an error in your project, PROBABLY TWO.   In step ONE you add a Pearl and a charlotte four times. PcPcPcPc Then you say pass through the first six beads to exit a pearl. The pearl is the fifth bead.   I figured that out easily enough.   In this writeup you say  "The easiest way to create with right-angle weave is to just make a strip of beadwork, and then add a final row of dangles. Leslee Frumin's Puttin' On the Ritz only looks hard, but because you're using large freshwater pearls for the base row, it actually comes together pretty quickly. " The instructions in the Best of Beadwork -Right Angle Weave call for 3mm pearls. THOSE are NOT large. And I believe are the wrong size. It makes the wrong size necklace, more like a choker, like 15 inches.  I think 3mm look way too small. I think you have the wrong size pearls.    On a positive note, someone substituted two round crystals for the necklace...for the base row only.  Call the Crystals X. so it would be XcPcXcPc. X-Round Crystal, P=Pearl, c=charlotte.  The rest of the project (for the drop row) they used Pearls. It looked nice. They also substituted long slender daggers for the drops and matched the daggers to the pearls (monochromatic). The round crystals were a different color. Like cream pearls, cream daggers and pink crystals.   Lovely project but not in 3mm.  

LindaS@239 wrote
on Aug 6, 2013 12:26 PM

Ok I tracked down the original magazine Beadwork February March 2007. For the Puttin on the Ritz,  Under tips it suggests larger pearls as a variation.   That was left off the reprint.