Right-angle Weave: How to Carry Out a Successful Cover-up

Oh, how I love stitching beads of all types together with right-angle weave! But I'm one of those beaders who absolutely detests the way my thread shows between the beads, and I don't always enjoy trying to aim the fine point of a permanent marker in between beads to color the thread so that it blends in with the beads.

One way to minimize the amount of thread showing between beads when you're stitching in right-angle weave is to pick up extra beads, kind of like buffer beads, on either side of the main color beads. The thread path for this technique takes a little extra thought, but once you get it down, you can create some lovely, lacy beadwork using right-angle weave that you just can't replicate with any other bead-weaving stitch!

To carry out a successful cover-up of your beading threads in right-angle weave using this technique, you'll need to do a little planning. I like to use a larger center bead, like a size 8o seed bead, a 3mm or 4mm round druk, or even a 4mm crystal bicone. Pick a size 11o seed bead in a color that contrasts or matches your center bead, and then a size 15o seed bead in a color that contrasts with your center bead and the size 11o seed beads.

To make your first unit, pick up 1 center bead and a set of accent beads (a size 15, a size 11, and a size 15). Repeat until you have a set of 4 center beads and 4 sets of accent beads. Pass through all the beads you just picked up, and continue through the ring until you exit a center bead.

Stitch your first row adding 4 sets of accent beads and 3 center beads. Make your turn as usual, adding 3 center beads and 4 sets of accent beads.

To add your next unit in right-angle weave, add 3 sets of accent beads and 2 center beads, and pass through the center bead in the corresponding unit of the previous row.

Before you can continue to work your way through the unit you just added, you need to add one more set of accent beads and pass through the center bead you exited at the beginning of this step. Then pass through the beads of this unit until you exit a center bead.

To add the next unit, pick up a set of accent beads, then pass through the center bead in the corresponding unit of the previous row. Complete the unit by adding 3 sets of accent beads and 2 center beads.

What used to be a simple piece of right-angle weave has been transformed into a delicate, openwork base for beaded bracelets and necklaces! You could either wear this as it is, or embellish those little open spaces between units. Or why not create a bold beaded necklace using tubular right-angle weave in this technique? Slip it over a piece of clear plastic tubing and embellish to your heart's content for a spectacular collar or bangle bracelet!

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Do you love to play with right-angle weave? What methods do you use to cover up those threads that show between beads? Leave a comment here on the Beading Daily blog and share your ideas and tips with us!

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