3 Tips for Better Beading with Cubic Right-angle Weave
Right-angle weave continues to be one of my favorite off-loom beading stitches for so many reasons! First, there’s the versatility of this bead-weaving stitch: you can use it to create ropes and bezels, as well as fantastic three-dimensional beadwork. Second, there’s nothing I enjoy quite as much as whipping up a quick bracelet base in right-angle weave and then practicing my beaded embellishment techniques. Finally, this is one of just a handful of bead-weaving stitches that you can use with just about any kind of bead. It works just as well with larger glass beads like druks and fire-polished rounds as it does with seed beads.
1. Use a double thread. Right-angle weave can be notoriously floppy, so to create more structure with each stitch, try using a double thread. Using a double thread when you stitch your right-angle weave projects means that you’re getting two thread passes through each bead with just one stitch, so you don’t need to repeat your thread path a second time in order to firm up your work. (Marcia DeCoster has some great suggestions for dealing with a double thread in her newest video, Cubic Right-Angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster: Fundamentals and Shaping.)
2. Choose your thread wisely.
Right-angle weave gets it’s name from the thread path, which forms right angles between the beads you’re stitching together. Because the thread is more exposed in this stitch than other off-loom bead-weaving stitches, you want to make sure that your thread can stand up to repeated friction against the edges of your beads. Crystals and other sharp-edged beads can wear through your thread quickly, so using a braided or bonded fishing line-type thread is a better choice. For right-angle weave ropes or pieces that can benefit from a softer feel, nylon threads like One-G and Nymo are perfectly acceptable.
3. Use the right beading needle for the task at hand. When you’re working with right-angle weave, make sure you have a few different lengths of needles on hand for stitching different parts of your project. Working in tight corners may require a shorter needle, or you may require a thinner needle when trying to work through beads that are starting to fill up with thread. I usually keep a pack of size 13 Tulip needles handy in case I need to squeeze through a tight spot when working in cubic right-angle weave.
If you’re ready to take your basic knowledge of right-angle weave and learn how to branch out into creating elegant shapes for your beaded jewelry designs, you’ll love Cubic Right-Angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster: Fundamentals and Shaping. You’ll watch and learn about Marcia’s recommended beading supplies for cubic right-angle weave, tips and techniques for stitching right-angle weave with a double thread, and everything else you need to know to stitch cubic right-angle weave! Download your copy of Cubic Right-Angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster: Fundamentals and Shaping and take your understanding of cubic right-angle weave up a notch today!