How to Embellish Right-Angle Weave
I may have mentioned once or twice before how much I love right-angle weave because of all the potential for embellishment in this popular off-loom bead-weaving stitch. Really, once you learn basic right-angle weave (flat or tubular), there are so many options available to turn it into fabulous beadwork! Whether you're using it as a base for a beaded necklace or bracelet, or a cabochon bezel, you can make right-angle weave as glamorous or as down-to-earth as you'd like using just a couple of easy bead embellishment techniques.
Fill in the squares. This is, by far, my favorite way to embellish right-angle weave. I love to work a base with a wide open weave of little squares and then fill them in with larger beads or sets of beads. Rachel Nelson-Smith takes this technique even further by working peyote stitch bumps in her open-weave right-angle weave.
To add a simple embellishment to an open square of right-angle weave, work your thread so that you're exiting one side of a square. Pick up your bead (or beads), and then pass your needle through the set of beads directly across from where you're exiting, moving in the opposite direction.
With a little practice using this technique, you'll find that this method of beaded embellishment creates a nicely reinforced base for your right-angle weave beaded jewelry.
Stitch in the ditch. When right-angle weave is worked using one bead for each side of a unit, you can still embellish it with seed beads by using the stitch-in-the-ditch method. Just pick up one or more seed beads, tiny crystals, or other accent bead, and stitch right into the bead across from the one you're exiting.
Stitch in the ditch is a great way to add beaded embellishment to the outside of beaded bezels made with right-angle weave: you can add daggers and drops easily using the stitch-in-the-ditch method!
Ready to up your game when it comes to working with right-angle weave? Get your hands on a copy of Right-angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster. This comprehensive video shows you everything you need to know about basic right-angle weave, and gives you the confidence and instruction to tackle variations like cubic right-angle weave, tubular right-angle weave, and more! Learn how you can use this incredibly versatile and strong bead-weaving stitch to create beaded ropes, three-dimensional beadwork, beaded bezels, and so much more!
Have you tried embellishing right-angle weave yet? What techniques do you love, or do you want to learn? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your ideas and inspiration with us!