We’re back to beading basics! This tutorial will teach you Cubic Right Angle Weave. This stitch is a variation of Flat Right Angle Weave. Learning Cubic Right Angle will give you other options to create 3D handmade beaded jewelries and make various shapes. Playing with different color patterns you can create so many variations that can either be elegant or fun and vibrant!
Weaving a CRAW is similar to building a 3D box or a cube. A cube has a bottom, top and 4 sides. All these will represent a unit of RAW where each unit of RAW is connected to each other thru sharing of beads.
Cut an arm span of thread. String (4) seed beads. Weave 1 unit of RAW, leaving at least 6 – 7 inches tail. On this image, I started my unit of RAW going clockwise. This is your bottom of the cube.
Add another unit of RAW. This time I weaved in counter-clockwise direction to create side 1.
|Step-up and pass the thread into the bead from the 1st unit, shown with the red dot.|
Now, refer to your 3D box or cube. Looking at this image, 1 unit of RAW has 4 beads. After you have created the 2nd unit you already have 2 beads, shown in black dots, in place to form side 2.
Let’s continue…Pick up 2 beads, pass through the 2 beads already in place and create another unit of RAW.
|Pull the thread and you now have a side 2. Step-up by passing the thread into the next bead shown in red dot so your thread is in a position to create side 3.|
|Imagining a 3D box, you have finished weaving the bottom, side 1 and side 2. In the beginning you wouldn’t see it first, but as you weave and continue to pull the thread side 1 and side 2 will start to form the sides.|
Again there are 2 beads already in place, the bead from the bottom and side 2. Weave side 3. Pick up 2 beads and create another unit of RAW.
|Pull the thread and you’ll see that the sides now are forming.|
|Step-up by passing the thread into the next 2 beads from side 4 shown in red dots. Pulling the thread you’ll see the beadwork starts to form into a cube and the sides are now in vertical position.|
Complete side 4. You already have 3 beads in place. Pick up a bead and pass the thread into the next bead shown in red dot. Pull the thread.
|…then travel through the beads on side 4 until come out the bead you just added, shown in red dot. You now have completed the 4 sides of the cube.|
Now you have the top of the cube. Weave through the 4 beads to form the last unit of RAW.
|This is what it should look like. All sides, top and bottom has 4 beads and it looks like a cube.|
|Now, to build up a CRAW treat the top of the cube as your bottom. If you are going to start a CRAW from an existing cube, this means you already have your bottom and you only have to weave the sides. Repeat Step 2-7 to create the 4 sides, and top, and so on, and so forth.|
Like what I always do and suggest to all my beading friends, practice makes perfect! Practice and familiarize yourself with cubic right angle weave and I promise you’ll have fun with the technique. You can make shapes and gorgeous jewelry designs like the Pagoda Necklace Pendant!
|Pagoda and shapes inspired me to create the necklace pendant. I called it Pagoda because I love how Pagoda roofs look like. Mostly you’ll find them in squares, from big to small in size and it is shown on the square necklace design. I then added a bezeled cabochon to add elegance and shape onto the piece.|
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