Right-Angle Weave with the Masters

I’m a big fan of right-angle weave (RAW). This stitch weaves up easily and makes a fabric-like cloth of woven beads. The fabric can be used to make anything, even clothes and handbags!

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

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

With the development of cubic right-angle weave (CRAW) and prismatic right-angle weave (PRAW) it’s clear we’re having fun taking RAW to a 3-dimensional platform.

Marcia DeCoster Cubic Right Angle Weave designs

Marcia DeCoster Cubic Right Angle Weave designs

Having only picked up these stitches recently myself, I can truly say it’s been a blast working on some new designs, learning new things, and pushing myself.

The first thing I did in CRAW was make a pair of earrings similar to what Marcia DeCoster shows in her CRAW Fundamentals video, part of our new Right-Angle Weave with the Masters. This new collection features Marcia DeCoster, Cindy Holsclaw, and Kassie Shaw, and is filled with RAW, CRAW, and PRAW!

Cubic Right Angle Weave beaded beads used in a pair of earrings, by Tammy Honaman

Cubic Right Angle Weave beaded beads used in a pair of earrings, by Tammy Honaman

The three ladies featured in this RAW masters collection have really helped push my skills further with these stitches. Here is a bracelet I just finished using the same basics from Marcia’s fundamental video. Maybe not a stretch from the earrings to the bracelet, I know, but I did this without needing Marcia on my screen, and having to back her up and replay this step or that.

Cubic Right-Angle Weave bracelet, by Tammy Honaman. Swarovski crystal pearl and Swarovski crystal beads

Cubic Right-Angle Weave bracelet, by Tammy Honaman. Swarovski crystal pearl and Swarovski crystal beads

Prismatic right-angle weave is a whole new take on the concept of beading RAW in 3-D. At first I thought this was going to be even more complicated and harder for my brain to comprehend, so held off adding this to my wish list. After working through CRAW and getting comfortable with the basics, and understanding that PRAW is CRAW stitched on a base of beads in any number other than four, it clicked.

Prismatic right-angle weave bracelet, by Tammy Honaman. TOHO glow-in-the-dark beads, Swarovski cyrstals

Prismatic right-angle weave bracelet, by Tammy Honaman. TOHO glow-in-the-dark beads, Swarovski cyrstals

How to Make Beaded Bracelets, Prismatic Right-Angle Weave, and Other Bead-Weaving Stitches is a glimpse at my first design and free instructions for using PRAW and creating this new glow-in-the-dark TOHO seed beads.

If you haven’t taken the RAW leap yet, or are holding off going from RAW to CRAW, don’t hesitate any longer! Come on in – join the party, there are experts here to help!

If you like RAW only, or want to get started with this great stitch, Kassie Shaw will get you moving with RAW and guide you to some fun alternatives.

Vintage Lace Bracelet, by Kassie Shaw. Right-Angle Weave Variation

Vintage Lace Bracelet, by Kassie Shaw

In addition to all the RAW designs and variations on RAW Kassie has offered to us, she also created these fun earring jackets then shared a free tutorial with us.

Earring Jacket designs, by Kassie Shaw. Right-angle weave variation

Earring Jacket designs, by Kassie Shaw

These beaded earring designs are made by weaving RAW with 2-hole beads.

No matter which way you are ready to go with your bead-weaving skills, I hope you will join me and take the challenge to push yourself to the next step, whatever it might be. Please jump into our party and leave a comment on your favorite design, stitch, or where you’re taking your skills next.

Happy Beading!

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