Stitch Pro: 2 Ways to Work Cubic Right-Angle Weave

It’s New Year’s Day! A day in which I usually take some time to set intentions for the clean slate that is the year ahead. This year? In addition to all the usual intentions (more rest and exercise; gaining my SCUBA certification; honing my nunchuk skills) that may or may not be kept, I intend on delving even deeper into my right-angle weave knowledge.

One thing that I’ve already gleaned from our designers while doing tech-edits for Beadwork magazine is that there are two ways to work cubic right-angle weave. The difference is subtle…Let me show you.

Figure 8s

In this version, you’ll follow the traditional figure 8 thread path of right-angle weave:

Bottom: String 4 beads; tie them into a circle to create the bottom of the cube (black thread).

Face 1: String 3 beads; pass through the last bottom bead exited and up through the first bead just strung (purple thread).

Face 2: String 2 beads; pass through the next bottom bead, up through the nearest side bead of Face 1, through the 2 beads just added, and through the next bottom bead (pink thread).

Face 3: String 2 beads; pass down through the nearest side bead of Face 2, through the nearest bottom bead, and up through the first bead just added (green thread).

Face 4: String 1 bead; pass down through the nearest side bead of Face 1, through the next bottom bead, up through the nearest side bead of Face 3, and through the bead just added (blue thread).

Top: Pass through the 4 top beads of Faces 1-4 (red thread); pull tight.

 

Loops

In this version, your thread moves in loops instead of figure 8s:

Bottom: String 4 beads; tie them into a circle to create the bottom of the cube (purple thread--in this illustration, we’re passing through an extra time, which is fine).

Face 1: String 3 beads; pass through the last bottom bead exited and the next bottom bead (yellow thread).

Faces 2 and 3: String 2 beads; pass down through the nearest side bead of the previous face, through the last bottom bead exited, and the following bottom bead; repeat once (green thread).

Face 4: Pass up through the nearest side bead of Face 1. String 1 bead; pass down through the nearest side bead of Face 3, through the next bottom bead, up through the nearest side bead of Face 1, and through the bead just added (blue thread).

Top: Pass through the 4 top beads of Faces 1-4 (red thread); pull tight.

 

These two versions show just the first cube of a cubic right-angle weave piece–you’ll just treat the top of one cube as the bottom of the next cube to continue working. I find the looped version a lot easier to work because I can always see which way I’m going…how about you?

(And don’t forget–you’ll find more tips and techniques just like this one in every issue of Beadwork magazine!

Happy beading!

Jean Cox

Content Strategist, Interweave Bead Group

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