“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.
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.
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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)
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