Stumped By Right Angle Weave? Try Diamond Chain!
One of my favorite off-loom beadweaving techniques is called diamond chain. I can’t remember where I first learned this bead stitching technique, but I learned it using 4mm Czech fire polished beads and seed beads, and I’m positively convinced that mastering the thread path is what made learning right-angle weave so easy for me later on in my beading explorations.
Of course, not to psych you out, but diamond chain is actually a variation of right angle weave. Sssshhh! Don’t tell anyone – because once you learn the basics of diamond chain, it’s actually pretty easy to start stitching right-angle weave.
I shared this easy diamond chain bracelet tutorial a few years ago, and since then, I’ve experimented with all kinds of beads – gemstones, shell, glass, and even shaped glass beads like spikes, gumdrops, and two-hole glass beads.
What makes this diamond chain so easy to stitch? For starters, you repeat the thread path more than once through each unit. This reinforces the direction you need to go, and lets gives you an extra chance (or two) to remember where your needle goes next.
For simple diamond chains, one row is really all you need. But you can make larger, more elaborate diamond chain projects by adding additional rows, or combine it with beaded netting to make beautiful collars and wide bracelets.
Diamond chain is easy to stitch, even if you’re a lefty! I know from experience – my mother taught me how to knit and crochet left-handed, because she was a lefty. You can easily reverse the direction of your thread path to accommodate your natural left-handed tendencies with very little difficulty. This great bead-weaving stitch works the same, whether you’re going to the left or the right.
Kassie Shaw has taken the basic diamond chain technique and developed it into a delightful and versatile variation of right angle weave. If you’d like to learn a new take on a favorite beading technique, you can try your hand at her Palisades bracelet with a complete bead kit that includes a digital copy of the October/November 2015 issue of Beadwork magazine. You’ll get all the beads you need to make this cute and clever beaded bracelet – just supply your favorite beading thread and needles. There are only a limited number of these bead kits available for the Palisades bracelet, so get yours before they’re all gone!