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Monday, September 9, 2013

ABC's of Creativity - R is Right Angle Weave

Right angle weave (RAW) is an off-loom beadweaving technique that can be done with either two-needles or one-needle.  The beads form a square by sitting at 90 degrees to each other. RAW is very good as a structural stitch.

Here is a good tutorial for right angle weave.

Here are some wonderful Youtube video tutorials.

Here is a wonderful project from Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence. The use of different sizes beads creates a undulation that gives shape to the design. The ends are zipped together, it is then embellished with Swarovski crystals.
Base strip using various size beads

Zipped together

Finished Sea Urchin Beaded Bead (beaded by J. Woolverton)

Here tubular RAW is the base for a variety of surface embellishments to form a beaded bead.
Base tube

Finished Beaded Bead (bead by J. Woolverton)

Layers of RAW form the structure for this Quetzal ring, from Marcia DeCoster's Bead Opulence.

 This is a variation of the Cascading Swags, the pillars of RAW hold the swags.

Reversable Swags (beaded by J. Woolverton)

This design, String Quartet, by Melanie Potter combines netting and RAW.
beaded by J. Woolverton
Hope that you give this different off-loom stitch a try.

Happy Beading!

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