Basic Right Angle Weave

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Basic right angle weave is a must-learn for any new bead weaver. The structural nature of this weave allows for many possibilities for necklaces, bracelets, and pendants. Play with color, pattern, and different types of beads for endless design possibilities.
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Tip 1Try to keep your tension on your thread tight.
Tip 2This weave is created by moving your thread in a figure 8 pattern.
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Step 1

For a basic right angle weave design, choose the colors you want to work with. For this technique, I have choosen four colors - color A, color B, color C, and color D.

Step 2

Cut a piece of thread about 8 feet long. Thread your needle to the middle of the thread. This will allow you to use double thread which will make your finished piece stronger. Use Thread Heaven to condition your thread. This will help prevent fraying.

Step 3

String 4 beads onto your thread (A, B, C, D).

Step 4

Bring the beads down towards the end of your thread (leave at least 6 inches). Go back through A. This will create a ring or 4-bead unit.

Step 5

Pass your needle back around the ring (B, C, D) and exit again from A.

Step 6

String 3 beads (B, A, D).

Step 7

Go back through bead A.

Step 8

Go through bead B and bead A.

Step 9

String 3 beads (D, A, B).

Step 10

Go back through bead A.

Step 11

Go through bead D and bead A.

Step 12

Add 3 beads (B, C, D).

Step 13

Go back through bead A. Repeat steps 9 through 12 until you have reached your desired width for your piece. We have created a four 4-bead unit section.

Step 14

To begin the next row of 4-bead units, go through bead B.

Step 15

Add 3 beads (C, D, A).

Step 16

Go back through bead B.

Step 17

Go through bead C, bead D, then bead A.

Step 18

Go through bead B.

Step 19

Add 2 beads (A, D).

Step 20

Go back through bead A.

Step 21

Go through bead B and bead A.

Step 22

Add 2 beads (D, A).

Step 23

Go back through bead B.

Step 24

Go through bead A, bead D, then bead A.

Step 25

Go through bead B.

Step 26

Add 2 beads (C, D).

Step 27

Go back through bead A.

Step 28

Go through bead B, bead C, then bead D. This will complete the second row.

Step 29

To begin the next row, add 3 beads (A, B, C).

Step 30

Go back through bead D.

Step 31

Go through bead A.

Step 32

Add 2 beads (B, A).

Step 33

Go back through bead D.

Step 34

Go through bead A, bead B, then bead A.

Step 35

Go through bead D.

Step 36

Add 2 beads (A, B).

Step 37

Go back through bead A.

Step 38

Go through bead D and bead A.

Step 39

Add 2 beads (B, C).

Step 40

Go back through bead D.

Step 41

Go through bead A and bead B. This will complete the third row. To continue, repeat pattern from step 16 through 40 until you have reached your desired length.

Step 42

Congratulations, you have completed a right angle weave stitch!

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