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Right angle beadwork originates from many countries including Russia, the Philippines and Japan. Two needles was the favored method of the past. Some Russian right angle beadwork predates the 1700’s using small pearls and other small beads. Many necklaces originating from Japan and Europe were made with 6 to 8mm glass beads, many dating from the 1600-1800’s. Although David Chatt may not be the first beader to use the one needle method, his innovative ideas and experimentation with right angle are the primary reasons for its renaissance in the USA today. The phrase ‘Single Needle Right Angle Weave’ evolved from his contributions to the Beaded Amulet Purses publication in 1994.  Maria Oldring, Moscow, Russia, has shared her beadwork designs and how to instructions for years on her website. She has been a constant inspiration for everyone.

Today five new Russian beading books are available and three of them include extensive beading designs using right angle techniques. Unfortunately, all the books are written in Russian so I can not offer any exact dates for when this beading originated in Russia. However, the illustrations are so easy to follow, you do not need the translation to work the beading. Looking at the ancient beadwork, along with the new designs in these books, it is obvious the Russians have been creating RAW and other beading stitches for a very long time. I now have no doubt that much of the beadwork being created today in the USA has its roots in beadwork originating from Russia and other Balkan countries. We truly are connected through beadwork around the world.

Resources for Historical Information

Jargstorf, Sibylle,Glass Beads from Europe

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

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

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