Stitch Pro: Taming the RAW Monster

Sep 13, 2012

First off, let me say how pleased I am to be writing to you from the ether again, this time on Beadwork's very own page! Editor Melinda Barta has let me loose as my "Stitch Pro" alter-ego, my column in Beadwork magazine. It's here that I'll share even more tips and techniques that will help your needles fly faster and your brain work like greased lightning.

What's in store for today? Taming the RAW monster.


I was teaching a class a couple weeks ago that begins with a long strip of right-angle weave. This task evoked some very creative grumbles and hisses from my students (right-angle weave isn't everybody's favorite stitch, believe it or not!). On the upside, it also evoked some pretty clever techniques for making tight, pretty right-angle weave fabric:

- If you are a new right-angle weaver, use single thread for each row, then tightly re-weave each row after you complete it. This way, if you make a mistake on the first pass, you can see it and pull it out easily. If you haven't made a mistake, you can tighten it up and move on.

-If right-angle weave is old hat for you, definitely use doubled thread and tight tension to keep your beads at right angles.

-Press a beading awl or pencil point through the center of each unit to pop the beads into place.

-Place a needle through the bottom beads of all of the units of a row so you can see which are all the top beads in a subsequent row.

Do you have other tips for taming right-angle weave that you could share with your fellow beaders? Do it right here on Beading Daily's spanking new Inside Beadwork Magazine blog.

Happy beading-

Jean Campbell

Senior editor, Beadwork magazine



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megafancy11 wrote
on Sep 15, 2012 7:48 AM

RAW is my favorite stitch. It's so versatile and looks good all the time. There are so many designs to be done with this stitch! When a mistake is made, it usually winds up looking like part of the design! Row by row or up and down, single rows to as many as you like! I love it1

variadee wrote
on Sep 15, 2012 7:57 PM

Hi Jean,

So good to "hear" from you again!

When I first started RAW, I used a pattern of three or four different colored beads for the same place in each row to help understand where to go next. I could just look at what had been done and where to assist in the learning curve.

on Sep 16, 2012 10:18 AM

Since there were no bead store's near me, that taught RAW, I had to teach myself. It was pretty intimidating, but I finally got the hang of it. I found it a pretty versatile stitch than can be used  as well Ndebele and Peyote in most projects.