Right-Angle Weave and Square Stitch Unite in Style

Right-angle weave is such a versatile stitch. You can use good ol’ regular right-angle weave to create beadwoven designs as flexible as fabric.

New York State of Mind Cuff, by Marcia DeCoster. This cuff showcases the fluid, fabriclike quality of right-angle weave and takes advantage of its luscious drape by introducing the gentle gathers that define its shape. Crystal squares add texture and sparkle to its surface.

New York State of Mind, by Marcia DeCoster. This cuff showcases the fluid, fabriclike quality of right-angle weave.

By changing the beads, this same stitch takes on a whole different look, yet retains that same luxurious flexible-cloth feel. Right-angle weave can take on dimension when you stack the units on top of each other, as we can see in cubic right-angle weave and prismatic right-angle weave designs.

Prismatic right-angle weave bangle bracelet, Marcia DeCoster, from her video: Prismatic Right Angle Weave and More Shaping Techniques

Prismatic right-angle weave bangle bracelet, Marcia DeCoster, from her video: Prismatic Right Angle Weave and More Shaping Techniques

Right-angle weave can be used as a connector for other beadwork components like we saw in Kassie Shaw’s Vintage Lace bracelet kit.

Kassie Shaw's latest video, Shape Shifter - Vintage Lace design.

Kassie Shaw’s latest video, Shape Shifter – Vintage Lace design.

Another great right-angle weave kit that makes use of this stitch beautifully is Lisa Kan’s Quatrefoil Earrings, available in two colorways – Quatrefoil in blue/brown and Quatrefoil in purple.

Quatrefoil Earring design by Lisa Kan

Quatrefoil Earring design by Lisa Kan

Lisa Kan uses right-angle weave as the base for her Quatrefoil Earring design, expanding the overall dimension of the shape by adding right-angle weave units off of each point.

Quatrefoil right-angle weave illustration

Quatrefoil right-angle weave illustration

To complement the expanding right-angle weave shape, Lisa uses square stitch to finish the edges in a delicate scalloped shape.

Quatrefoil square-stitch illustration

Quatrefoil square-stitch illustration

To follow are the instructions for these two stitches. Change the bead count and type to suit the pattern you are using for your design.

RIGHT-ANGLE WEAVE
For one-needle right-angle weave, string 4 beads and pass through the first 3 beads again to form the first unit. For the rest of the row, string 3 beads and pass through the last bead exited in the previous unit and the first 2 beads just strung; the thread path will resemble a series of figure eights, alternating direction with each unit. To begin the next row, pass through beads to exit from the top bead of the last unit. String 3 beads and pass through the last bead exited and the first bead just strung. *String 2 beads, pass back through the next top bead of the previous row, the last bead exited in the previous unit, and the 2 beads just strung. Pass through the next top bead of the previous row, string 2 beads, pass through the last bead of the previous unit, the top bead just exited, and the first bead just strung. Repeat from * to complete the row, then begin a new row as before.

Right-angle weave illustration showing thread path and bead placement

Right-angle weave illustration

SQUARE STITCH
String a row of beads. For the second row, string 2 beads; pass through the second-to last bead of the first row and through the second bead just strung. Continue by stringing 1 bead, passing through the third to- last bead of the first row, and passing through the bead just strung. Repeat this looping technique to the end of the row.

Square stitch illustration showing thread path and bead placement

Square stitch illustration

Making great use of these two stitches, and thanks to the beads used in Lisa’s Quatrefoil design, these earrings are elegant, colorful, and fun to wear.

Have fun stitching your own pair to wear,
blue_tammy

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