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ight Angle Weave Part I
Beadwork December/January 2001
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Right Angle "Weave" is not actually a weave, it is bead stitching. This stitch can be shaped into bead groups that form a netting and a more closed beading shape depending on the number of beads used per bead group. This stitch has been identified as Right Angle Weave, RAW, by the USA beading populace for over 10 years now and has become the acknowledged name in most USA publications. This stitch is also known as Diagonal Bead Stitch/Weave, Netting and Lattice.

Right Angle Weave Application

General Instructions

Stitch Notes
Each sample begins with one bead group. The beginning row is built on shared beads from each previous bead group. All additional rows share beads from the previous and current rows. Appearance: 4 bead group - filled; 10 bead group - open. The 4 bead group is 15 rows across and 16 bead groups per row. The 10 bead group has 9 rows across and 9 bead groups in each row. At the end of each row, stop and count bead groups and beads in each group to make sure they add up to the total listed for the 4 and 10 bead group rows. It is very easy to miss the shared bead(s) of a group. The bead number should add up to 4 beads (4 bead group) and 10 beads (10 bead group) including shared beads. The 4 bead group is worked in even number rows and the 10 bead group is worked in odd number rows. This stitch is often confusing because the thread path changes directions each time you add a bead group, clockwise then counterclockwise or vice versa, making figure eight’s of each 2 bead groups worked. Follow the arrows on the illustrations for thread path.

For These Samplers
Use single thread, approximately 40" long as a working thread leaving a 5" tail to stitch back in at the beginning for each sample. Three bead colors alternate with each row on each sample. Stitch in loose thread when finished. When the thread is down to about 5," leave the needle on and string a 2nd needle with new thread. Take the 2nd needle through about 5 beads and next to the first needle with short thread. Leave about 5" of tail thread for stitching back in. Take the 1st needle and stitch through the beadwork at angles, never straight across, then cut off excess thread. Continue stitching with the 2nd needle. Left-handed movements are the opposite of right-handed and illustrations are provided for both in even and odd bead group rows.

Right Angle - 4 bead groups
The beginning bead group, 4 beads, forms a diamond shape. Then groups of 3 beads are worked onto each previous bead group, sharing the 3rd strung bead of each group, the diamond point. After stringing the 16th bead group, 3 beads are added for the 1st bead group, row 2. Two beads are added to each group following the beginning 3 beads. Each new row begins with 3 beads added and follows with 2 beads added per bead group. One bead from row 1 and 1 bead from the previous bead group, current row, are shared with the added beads, completing the 4 bead group.

Right Angle Stitch -10 bead groups
The beginning bead group, 10 beads, forms an oval shape. Then groups of 8 beads are worked onto each previous bead group, sharing the 5th and 6th bead each time. After stringing the 9th bead group, row 1, begin with 7 beads as the first bead group, row 2. Add 5 beads to each bead group following the beginning 7 beads. Each new row begins with 7 beads and follows with 5 beads added per bead group. Three beads from the previous row and 2 beads from the current row are shared with the added beads.

Materials

Notions


Right Angle, 4 Bead Group
Even Number Bead Groups Per Row (16)
15 Rows Across

Right Angle Weave - Czech Beads

Czech

Right Angle Weave - Delica Beads

Delica

Row 1 - color 1 beads
String 4 beads and push them down 5" from the end of the thread. Make a knot, forming a diamond shape with the 4 beads and leave a 5" tail thread. The knot will keep the beads taut. Take the needle through 3 beads of the 4 bead group, bringing the needle through the diamond point. String 3 beads, take the needle through the bead where the thread is coming from, forming another bead group and diamond shape. Take the needle through the next 2 beads of that 2nd bead group again to end at the diamond point. Continue for a total of 16 bead groups. After making the 16th bead group, take the needle through to the diamond point and then through 1 more bead of that group.

 

Row 2 - color 2 beads
String 3 beads and take the needle through the bead the thread is coming from, forming the 1st first bead group of row 2. Take the needle down through the next bottom bead of that bead group. String 2 beads and then take the needle through the shared bead on the side, 15th bead group, row 1, and the shared bead above where the thread is coming from. Take the needle through the 2 added beads again. This completes one figure 8 shape.

4 bead group - left-handed
Left-handed

4 bead group - right-handed
Right-handed


Thread Path for Even & Odd Number of Rows
Left-handed and Right-handed

4 bead group - even rows - left-handed 4 bead group - even rows - right-handed
4 bead group - odd rows - left-handed
Left-handed
4 bead group - odd rows - right-handed
Right-handed

Right Angle, 10 Bead Group
Odd Number Bead Groups Per Row (9)
9 Rows Across

Right Angle Weave - Czech

Czech

Right Angle Weave - Delica

Delica

Row 1 - color 1 beads
String 10 beads, make a knot, forming an oval shape. Take the needle through 6 beads of the 10 bead group. String 8 beads and take the needle through the 5th and 6th beads of the 1st bead group forming a 2nd oval shape. Take the needle through 5 beads of that bead group to begin the next bead group. Continue for a total of 9 bead groups.

Row 2 - color 2 beads
After making the 9th bead group, take the needle through the next 3 beads of that group. String 7 beads and take the needle through the 3 shared beads the thread is coming from, forming the 1st bead group for row 2. Take the needle through the 7 added beads again, then down through the next 3 beads sticking out from the 8th bead group, row 1. String 5 beads, take the needle through the 2 shared beads of the 1st bead group, row 2, then back through the 3 shared beads sticking out from the 8th bead group, row 1. Take the needle through the bottom 2 beads of that 2nd bead group, row 2. This completes one figure 8 shape. Repeat the bead groups, forming figure eight shapes, working clockwise then counterclockwise and vise versa to the end. Repeat the steps until you have 9 rows. Begin row 3 with color 3 beads and alternate all rows.

10 bead group - left-handed 10 bead group - right-handed

Resources For Right Angle Weave

Durant, Judith and Campbell, Jean, The Beader’s Companion, Interweave Press, Loveland, CO, 1998

Jargstorf, Sibylle, Glass Beads from Europe , Schiffer Publishing, Ltd, West Chester, PA, 1993

Kniazeva, Maria, Beadwork in Russia, Bead Society of Great Britain Newsletter #47, 1999

Stessin, Nicolette, Beaded Amulet Purses, Beadworld Publishing, Seattle, WA, 1994

Wells, Carol Wilcox, Creative Bead Weaving, Larks Books, Asheville, NC, 1996

Wood Bead Craft, Walco Bead-Crafts Booklet No 21, 1937

Russian Beading books: Russian Necklaces, Russian Macramé, Russian Beaded Cabochons, Russian Beaded Flowers, Russian Beadweaving and Russian Accessories

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