Single Needle Flat Right Angle Weave FREE Tutorial by Misti’s Jewelry

“Understanding Single Needle Right Angle Weave” FREE Misti’s Jewelry Tutorial

by Misti Cleveland ©2015 All rights reserved.

 I’m a right angle weave girl.  I love to create with right angle weave.  Because I have so much experience using it, charting it, and creating my own patterns using it, I thought it only fitting to share my understanding of right angle weave and offer you this tutorial FREE.

Although the basis of this stitch or “weave” is the right angle, I like to think of it as circles, only these circles have square corners.  You are always “circling around” through your work.  If you came into a bead from the left, you are going to circle around and come into it from the left again in the same circle/column.  It’s like circling around your block.  You head down the street and turn right, then you turn right again, and right again.  Then you end up back where you left off.  That’s the whole idea!

For the first circle/column of right angle weave, you circle around clockwise (from left to right) through the beads.  For the second circle/column, you change directions and circle counter-clockwise (from right to left) through all.   Think of it as a series of figure 8s.

Please note:  diagrams in this FREE Right Angle Weave tutorial are illustrated with Fireline, not Illusion Cord.  When using Illusion Cord, there is no need to reinforce each circle.

Okay, let’s get started on this fun adventure exploring my “Understanding Right Angle Weave” Tutorial:

Understanding Right Angle Weave Tutorial Concept #1:

In true right angle weave, you never go “back through” by changing directions of entry through a bead in the same circle/column.

Right Angle Weave Basic Pattern
The basic pattern of Right Angle Weave (Figure 1)

For example, if you were to insert your threaded needle into bead #1 from the bottom, you would circle clockwise around through #2, 3 and 4 and then up through #1 again.  You would never go through 1-4 and then reverse directions and go “back through” #4.  If you were to go “back through” #4, and continue to #1, all the beads would fall off.  And that’s not quite the goal here, hee hee.

Understanding Right Angle Weave Tutorial Concept #2:

In true right angle weave, you never go straight across.

Square knot on first circle of right angle weave
Visit my website for tips on knots.  (fig. 2)

For example, you have just made your first column, or circle as I like to say, by stringing on 4 bi-cone crystals, circling around through #1-4  twice to reinforce, and tying a square knot with the tail & needle- or working-end of the thread.  The tail and working- end then hang loose between #1 & #4. (Figure 2)

To add in another circle or column of beads, (Figure 3) you would continue circling around in the same clockwise direction, going up through #1 and around, just as before, as indicated by the green arrow, so that  the needle is exiting out the bottom of the #3 (Figure 4). This bead (#3) will now be part of your next circle/column, and is called the transition bead.  Then string on your next 3 beads (Figure 5). Now continue around in a counter-clockwise direction.  NOTE: When you transition to the next column, you change overall direction from clockwise to counter-clockwise, as shown. (Figures 4 & 5)

The big picture when doing single needle right angle weave
Starting Right Angle Weave — the big picture (Fig. 3)
The thread path to the next circle of beads.
The thread path of right angle weave. (Fig. 4)




Now go counter-clockwise as you add 3 beads to this single needle right angle weave pattern.
Transitioning to the next “circle” in right angle weave begins to create the figure 8 shape. (Fig. 5)


DO: From the knot, continue around in a clockwise direction until you exit out of the bottom of #3, the transition bead. THEN string on 3 beads (#5-7). (Figure 4)    After exiting the transition bead, to attach the beads just strung (#5-7), change the overall direction in this new column from clockwise to counter-clockwise by circling around in a counter-clockwise direction and go through the transition bead just exited (#3), from top to bottom.  (Figure 6)

Now attach the new circle by going down through the transition bead, same as before.  This makes 2 circles/columns of right angle weave.
Even when you circle counter-clockwise to attach the 2nd circle right angle weave, you are still going through the #3 bead in the same direction. (Fig. 6)



Don't make the mistake of going straight across to add the next circle.
In right angle weave, never go straight across. (Fig. 7)

DON’T:  From the knot, DO NOT change  directions  by going back through #4 then straight across to  string on the next 3 beads. (Figure 7) This will leave exposed thread between #4 & #5.

Remember to change from clockwise to counter-clockwise or you will end up with a drop instead of another cirlce of single needle right angle weave.
If you go through the connecting bead of the completed right angle weave circle in the opposite direction, you will get a drop, instead of another circle. (Fig. 8)


DON’T: After exiting the transition bead, #3, DO NOT continue in the same direction through #5, 6 & 7 and then change the direction in the circle/column #1  by going up through #3. (Figure 8)  This will form a teardrop shape, not a full circle.

TRANSITIONING TO A NEW ROW:    All of the same principles apply.  Circle around the last column until the thread has exited a bead that will be part of the new circle, the transition bead. (Figure 9)

transitioning to the 2nd row of single needle right angle weave.
Circle around through the last circle of right angle weave until you pass through the bottom bead. (Fig. 9)

In this case, the row is being added below the first one, so the bottom bead of the last circle/column is the transition bead.


Add three beads, as before, but this time the transition bead is at the bottom of the single needle right angle weave.
Notice how in right angle weave, even when adding a second row, you still go through the connecting bead in the same direction. (Figure 10)

Following the same principles as above, string on 3 crystals, circle around counter-clockwise (opposite of the direction of the previous circle) and reinforce. (Figure 10)

To finish the row, you will only be adding 2 beads to each circle/column of right angle weave.
With all the previous circles, you added 3 beads.  When you add your second circle of right angle weave on the second row, you only add 2 beads to complete the circle.  (Figure 11)

For the rest of this row (#2), you will add only 2 crystals at a time, using the existing top crystal & right side crystal previously strung as part of your circle/column. (Figure 11)

Continue the pattern to add more rows.  To read a Right Angle Weave Chart, applying the basic principles outlined above, follow the numbers.

And that is the basics of Right Angle Weave.  You will find, as you practice, you can do a lot of creative things with Right Angle Weave.  And don’t forget that embellishing, or using different shaped beads can change the look dramatically.  So, have fun, experiment, and email me pictures of what you create with Right Angle Weave.

And remember, if you make a “mistake”, it’s okay.  Our flaws make us sparkle!  <3  Misti

Beading Tips Du Jour

Are you like me?  Do you find this really cool pattern & want to give it your own color combination but aren’t sure where to begin?  Well, allow me to share what has helped me.

Tip #1:  It’s okay to try out a combination and see if you like it.  If you don’t, it’s OKAY TO TAKE IT APART & START OVER!  It’s not a waste of time or money or effort.  It’s part of the creative learning process.  And, you don’t necessarily have to make the whole project to see if it will suit your taste or not.  Just GO FOR IT and change it if you want to!

Tip#2:  Maybe you have a peyote stitch or right angle weave chart that was taught in one color and you want to change it to a different color or to more than one.  Here are my suggestions:

1. Scan the chart into your computer, and then open it in an art program, like Paint Shop Pro.  (Or you can print it out & color it by hand, if you like.)

2. Fill/color in all the beads pictured with white, so you have a blank form with which to start.  (If you are coloring it in White-out or Liquid Paper, then you’ll want to let it dry, scan it again and print it out again.)

If the colored pattern is of flowers or some other specific design that you just want to change part of the color, only fill those particular beads with a new color.  Don’t white out all of the beads or you could have a doozy of a time recreating the pattern of flowers or whatever was there.

3. Starting with the last/most complete picture of the pattern, color in the beads as desired.  This will help you see what it actually turn out like.

When I first tried this on a chart, I had started with the first picture which only showed the first three rows.  first two rows

By the time I got to the overall pattern picture, it didn’t look anything like what I wanted.  So it really helps to work your way from an overall picture like this one backwards.  overall rows

Tip #3:  You don’t have to do the whole project on one thread!  It’s OKAY to make individual pieces and then stitch them together later!

Tip #4:  It’s OKAY to use glue to make your beads stay put!

The Bottom Line is:  do what you want to!  There are no hard fast rules in beading.  It’s what works for you!  So, play.  Have fun.  Enjoy.  Don’t make it be work!  Make it yours!  Let it go!  Breathe!  Each piece of artwork has its own beauty–“flaws” and all!  And remember, our flaws are what makes us sparkle!

Have a happy, beadingly fun, sparkly day!


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