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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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Beads (We used 4 colors of 4mm Swarovski Elements Bicone beads - they fit nicely together.)
Fire Line size B, 4lb.
Size 12 English Beading Needles
Beading Scissors 1-1/4 in. Blade
Try to keep your tension on your thread tight.
This weave is created by moving your thread in a figure 8 pattern.
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.
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.
String 4 beads onto your thread (A, B, C, D).
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.
Pass your needle back around the ring (B, C, D) and exit again from A.
String 3 beads (B, A, D).
Go back through bead A.
Go through bead B and bead A.
String 3 beads (D, A, B).
Go through bead D and bead A.
Add 3 beads (B, C, D).
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.
To begin the next row of 4-bead units, go through bead B.
Add 3 beads (C, D, A).
Go back through bead B.
Go through bead C, bead D, then bead A.
Go through bead B.
Add 2 beads (A, D).
Add 2 beads (D, A).
Go through bead A, bead D, then bead A.
Add 2 beads (C, D).
Go through bead B, bead C, then bead D. This will complete the second row.
To begin the next row, add 3 beads (A, B, C).
Go back through bead D.
Go through bead A.
Add 2 beads (B, A).
Go through bead A, bead B, then bead A.
Go through bead D.
Add 2 beads (A, B).
Add 2 beads (B, C).
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.
Congratulations, you have completed a right angle weave stitch!