For me, right-angle weave has been love at first stitch, and I'll tell you why: the rhythm of the thread path, first moving to one side and then towards the other, is very meditative for me. When I'm deep into stitching with right-angle weave, it's almost like a dance of forward and back, beads and thread, and light and movement.
Once you understand the basics of flat right-angle weave, there are so many different ways you can play with it! And if you're someone who's new to beading and just learning how to bead with this amazing stitch, there are many reasons why you should master the thread path of this off-loom beadweaving stitch. Right-angle weave can be used to make all kinds of beaded jewelry designs, from very simple but beautiful earrings, all the way to intricate, complex-looking necklaces and bracelets. What can you do with right-angle weave?
1. Shape it. There are lots of ways to shape right-angle weave, and some of them are easier than you might think. You can easily get a nice curved piece of flat right-angle weave just by increasing the size of the beads you use in each row. Try stitching one row of size 15 beads, then one row of size 11, then one row of size 8, and see what happens!
And don't forget about tubular right-angle weave or cubic right-angle weave. Tubular right-angle weave can be shaped by slipping it around a piece of hollow plastic tubing or something else flexible to give it more support. Cubic right-angle weave can be shaped by using the stitch-in-the-ditch technique, and adding additional seed beads between each unit of right-angle weave along one side of your piece.
2. Embellish it. When I really feel like I want to bead but I have no idea where to begin, I usually start out by making a piece of flat right-angle weave with "windows" large enough to accommodate other beads like small crystals, pearls, round druks, or even baby spike beads. Once I've added all the embellishment beads to each of the little windows of right-angle weave, I can let my imagination go wild with other kinds of embellishments! You can use these kinds of embellished right-angle weave for spectacular cuff bracelets, or even very intricate necklaces all on their own.
If I'm feeling like I want to do something more involved with my embellished right-angle weave, I'll make a piece of tubular right-angle weave, slide it over a piece of clear plastic tubing for a necklace, and then add loops of shaped seed beads like peanut beads, drop beads, or other shaped seed beads.
3. Layer it. If you want a thicker piece of right-angle weave, but aren't comfortable with cubic right-angle weave, you can make two pieces of flat right-angle weave and stitch the edges together to form a thicker piece of beadwork. Play with making graduated stacks of flat right-angle weave, layer different shapes like putting triangles on squares, or attach a piece of tubular right-angle weave to a piece of flat right-angle weave and see what happens!
Just like any other craft, starting with a good foundation in right-angle weave is important. And who better to learn the basics from, than someone who has been innovating with right-angle weave for almost twenty years? Learn all about right-angle weave from master bead artist Marcia DeCoster when you get your copy of Right-angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster
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Do you love to do right-angle weave? How do you use right-angle weave in your beading projects? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and let's share and inspire each other to try something new with our beads!
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