Cubic Right-Angle Weave, Prismatic Right-Angle Weave, Basketweave with Huib Petersen

CRAW, PRAW, and Basketweave – Let’s Dive In!

Huib Petersen, a beadweaving master, was recently in our studios, filming Beadweaving 1 & 2: CRAW, PRAW and Celtic Basketweave Using Craw. Huib goes deep into CRAW (cubic right-angle weave) and PRAW (prismatic right-angle weave), sharing lots and tips and helpful nuances along the way.

Cubic-Right Angle Weave and Beyond!

In this video series, Huib brings us his fascination for beads as adornment and building materials, his love for geometrics and natural shapes, and with his very methodical and measured approach to teaching. The techniques he shares span cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) and prismatic right-angle weave (PRAW). The construction and overall aesthetic of the fundamentals he shares in Beadweaving 1 & 2 echo the architectural influences Huib draws from.

In Beadweaving 1, Huib takes us from ropes, chains, and braids to pyramids and linked spheres. The video contains all the information we need to know to bead up some amazing structural designs.

I was transfixed by Huib’s presentation. All he shares is done not only with great visibility but also with great visual aids. Huib stitches beads one by one, with thorough explanations, and uses bright colored beads and contrasting threads to help show what’s happening as the beads come together. I know for me, this stich plays with my brain, and until you “see” the form and how the beads react to the “connecting,” it’s hard to understand what’s going to happen, what has to happen, or where you need to go next! With Huib’s explanations (and the great front-row seat), there’s no question, which step to take next.

Cubic Right-Angle Weave – From the Beginning

Here’s an overview of what you’ll see and learn through Huib’s expert teachings and his wonderful style of explanation.

His preferred tools and materials and some tips to go along with them.

The basics of CRAW, from what a cube is to how it’s best to “see” the cube as you build up a CRAW design. (floor, ceiling, walls)

How to create a basic CRAW rope, which, he shares, you can turn into a finished bracelet design right away.

Kicking up Your Cubic Right Angle Weave Skills

How to turn a corner directly from the basic CRAW construction.

How to expand from each side of the cube to create new shapes (and this one in particular comes into play later).

With this expansion on the basic CRAW technique, you can build solid shapes like pyramids, cubes, and cuboids by layering on top of layers!

Relying on the flexibility of the cubes, Huib shows how to join the two ends of a basic rope to form a circle of cubes. This circle can be linked to others to create a chain.

Inspired by Japanese Rain Chain – Huib shows how to create a sphere. He discussed the math behind the shapes and how things relate so the shapes work structurally (this is where the cross shape comes into play and is the basis for the second sphere in the chain!). Don’t you think this would also make a great beaded bead shape?

Prismatic Right-Angle Weave and Cubic Right-Angle Weave Unite!

Huib launches into PRAW which, he shares, is great for creating curved pieces. “The stitch is the same (as CRAW) but now we’re building a prism. 3 squares and 2 triangular sides; like a slanted roof on top of a house.”

To really test our brains (well, mine anyway), Huib takes all the basics he covered and shares the techniques for “crossing over and creating braids.” Are you as excited as I am to try this?

Celtic Basketweave Takes Cubic Right-Angle Weave to a New Dimension

In Beadweaving 2, Huib covers the basics of CRAW as well as an alternate way to begin CRAW. We turn corners then join the ends to create a square of CRAW units.

From the linked squares, the first layer of the basketweave is begun.

The second layer of the basketweave is created and joined to the first layer as you go. This seems tricky at times, but Huib shares his tips, tricks, and best practices for how to join the ends and bring the two different layers together expertly.

All you need to know for finishing and creating either a  basketweave bracelet or necklace is covered. And Huib leaves us wanting more!

A closing quote to help inspire and lead us along further: “Look around and observe what is already there in nature and architecture, then ask how can I translate what I see around me into my beadwork.” Throughout the course of the video and with each lesson, Huib encourages playing, enjoying, and having fun. He suggests experimenting and seeing what the stitch can do. I’m going to take Huib up on his suggestion and practice, play, enjoy, and learn more about this stitch and all it has to offer. Then I’ll stitch together all my practice pieces and see what comes next. As Huib offers, “The more your understand the stitch, the more you can do with it, the more you can manipulate it.”

Enjoy all Huib shares and teaches then bead, create, and have fun!