Right Angle Weave or RAW is a versatile beginner beading technique. You can create right angle weave patterns combining different sizes and shapes of beads. You can also embellish it and the technique is widely used in creating 3D beaded accessories or shapes.In basic right angle weaving the beads are weaved into a square shape using 4 beads. Each 4 bead/square are called “units” and lay at right angles to one another; thus, the stitch is named right angle weave. With 2 types of RAW, Single Needle and 2-Needle or sometimes called Figure 8 Technique you can make jewelry and create stunning pieces of beaded jewelries.Single Needle RAW Tutorial
How to add a unit in Single Needle RAW
How to add a row in Single Needle RAW
How to add units in a row in Single Needle RAW
Repeat the pattern until you build up a flat right angle weave, weaving in clockwise and counter-clockwise direction as you add units and rows.
Here is a simple beaded ring created by following the pattern of Single Needle RAW
Cut an arm span of thread. Slide in your bead stopper and pass the thread twice. Pick up 4 beads and in counter-clockwise direction pass the thread back thru the 1st bead.
Build up your RAW by following the pattern How To Add Unit in Single Needle RAW. Repeat the pattern until you reach about the size of your ring finger.
Follow the diagram on How To Add a Row in Single Needle RAW
Then follow the diagram on How to add units in a row in Single Needle RAW.
Now you have reached the other end.
Continue to add another row by weaving going to the right until you reach the other end.
Now you’re ready to turn your flat right angle weave into a ring. Pass the needle into the last bead.
Slide in a bead and pass the thread going upward, into the opposite bead on the other end.
Then pull the thread. Now, you’re zipping up your beadwork, making the ends meet and close.
Slide in another bead and pass the thread back thru the adjacent bead.
Then pass the thread into the next 2 adjacent beads until you come out a crystal bead from the below unit. Pull the thread. You now created again 1 unit.
Pick up another bead. In clockwise direction pass the thread in all 4 sides of the unit until you come out a blue bead from the above unit. Pull the thread and you have created another unit.
To complete the very last unit pick up a bead and in counter-clockwise direction pass the thread into 4 sides of the last unit. Secure all threads by passing back thru several beads and making knots.
Voila! Your right angle beaded ring. The same technique can also apply when making band bracelets and chokers.
Follow this post for the next tutorial, 2-Needle Right Angle Weave Beading, Happy beading!
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