Learning Basic and Cubic Right-Angle Weave

Today I begin a new adventure in right-angle weave and aspire to be proficient in cubic right-angle weave. Not quite a resolution, but certainly a good goal.

I’ve worked right-angle weave before and created a few designs in the past. After viewing Marcia DeCoster’s video Cubic Right-Angle Weave with Marcia DeCoster: Fundamentals and Shaping, I’m over the moon excited to get back to this stitch and take it beyond what I thought was the overall gist of all it had to offer.

Here’s an example of a  “Marcia DeCoster.”

Marcia DeCoster; cubic right angle weave earrings.

Marcia DeCoster cubic right-angle weave earrings

There is no mistaking, Marcia is an artist. Not only does she have a command over the stitch, she has a way with color, bead choice, and brings an aesthetic that’s all her own. She’s also amazing at delivering the information needed to embark on your own right-angle weave designs.

Marcia starts the video by covering basic tools and materials. She explains flat right-angle weave, then adds in how to increase and decrease along the edges and within the piece. An example of increasing and decreasing is shown in this business card case she designed:

Marcia DeCoster, business card case. Right Angle Weave, increase and decrease.

Marcia DeCoster, business card case. Right-angle weave increase and decrease

Next up is creating a tube made using a swatch of beads woven with flat and tubular right-angle weave:
tube_bead

From here she creates a tube then changes it into a bezel for a rivoli. The rivoli bezel is embellished with additional beads. And just like that, we have learned so many things you can do with the basic stitch.

Rivoli captured in Right Angle Weave  bezel. Bezel being embellished.

Rivoli captured in RAW bezel. Bezel being embellished

Taking the same concept of forming a tube, yet giving it structure with embellishments, Marcia shows how to create a beaded bead.

Right angle weave tube bead: in process (L); finished (R)

Right-angle weave tube bead: in process (L); finished (R)

A right-angle weave strip is stitched together then the sides closed together over an armature.

Right Angle Weave strip being closed over an aluminum ring.

RAW strip being closed over an aluminum ring

RAW strips stitched closed over armatures.

RAW strips stitched closed over various armatures

Marcia explores the results of using different sizes and different counts of bead in right-angle weave for even more design options.

With these foundations in place, Marcia begins the walk down the cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) path. I held my breath, listened, replayed, and then got it. Wow. So, so excited! My brain doesn’t always grasp 3D things well without beads in my hands, but I really did get it. And how lucky for us – the design Marcia shows is also available in a kit!

Marcia DeCoster Cubic Right Angle Weave bracelets with magnetic clasp

Marcia DeCoster cubic right-angle weave bracelets with magnetic clasp

Marcia takes CRAW further, showing how to form corners, frames, and shapes. It’s all there in a very easy-to-follow format and now, all easily replayed as my skills and ability to comprehend how these 3D shapes come together.

If you decide to join me on this path, or if you are ahead of those of us just getting here, please go to BeadingDaily.com and share your experience, images of designs you have created, suggestions on great beads to use, or anything on RAW or cubic RAW that comes to mind.

Next time I see Marcia, I’m going to thank her and giver her a big hug. I’m so inspired and can’t thank her enough for sharing all she put into this video.

Happy beading,

 

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