Right-Angle Weave: Triangular Right-Angular Weave

Back in December, I decided to participate in former Beading Daily online editor Michelle Mach's winter snowflake challenge. Michelle offered kits for sale in her online shop that contained some beautiful handmade porcelain components as well as an assortment of accent beads.

My very tired beady brain had confused Chevron chain (top) with this variation of right-angle weave (known as triangle weave). Can you see the differences in this photo?

Once I had my centerpiece finished, I started stitching my beaded strap, thinking that I was working in Chevron stitch. But it didn't really look like Chevron stitch. The breaks and gaps between each unit made me think that I was working in a different bead-weaving stitch, and It was stiffer than I remembered Chevron stitch to be. After a few more stitches, I realized that I was actually doing something completely different than Chevron stitch!

Now, this realization came around one in the morning, and my eyes were puffy and my brain tired. Once I actually dissected my thread path, I discovered that I was actually working in a variation of right-angle weave that is also known as triangle weave. But as I went to bed that night, all I could think was, "Wow. I've been working in triangular right-angular!"

When I teach right-angle weave, I usually recommend to my students that they use more than one bead for each side of the right-angle weave unit so that they can better see the thread path, and the same applied with triangle weave. For triangle weave, it also helps to use two colors of seed beads, a main color (A) and an accent color (B). Here's a quick tutorial to get you started:

On a comfortable length of thread, pick up 1 B, 2 A, 2 B, 2 A, 2 B, 2 A and 1 B for a total of 12 beads. Pass through all the beads again and form into a triangle shape using your fingers. To add a second unit, pick up 1 B, 2 A, 2 B, 2 A and 1 B for a total of 8 beads. Pass through the last four beads from the first unit and through all the beads just added.
Continue to add units in this manner until you have a chain of the desired length. Keep your tension relatively tight as you work, and shape the units into triangles with your fingers as you work.




If you want to add other rows, you can check out the quick triangle weave tutorial here on Beading Daily. It's really a fast stitch to learn, and if you are already comfortable with the thread path of right-angle weave, you should be able to pick up triangle weave in no time!

Triangle weave is just another example of the versatility of right-angle weave. Instead of using four beads, you're using three beads (or sets of beads, in this case) and stitching them so that the thread enters each new set at a right angle.

Just in case you need any more convincing that right-angle weave is an amazing, adaptable and versatile beadweaving stitch, make sure you check out the April/May issue of Beadwork magazine. You'll find three great right-angle weave projects (including Round and Round, pictured here) that each use a different version of my favorite beading stitch. Better yet, subscribe to Beadwork magazine and you'll get all the inspiration you need to master right-angle weave and all of its wonderful variations!

Do you have a favorite variation of right-angle weave? What is it? Are you interested in learning new variations of this wonderful beading stitch? Leave a comment and share your thoughts here on the Beading Daily blog!

Bead Happy,


P.S. Head on over to our Beading Instructions blog to find a quick and easy tutorial for Chevron chain stitch!

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