Thursday, May 18, 2017

2017 Thursday Bead Post #20: Right Angle Weave

This week I am going to start blogging about Right Angle Weave, or RAW. This stitch is the foundation of so many patterns and techniques of bead weaving. It can be used to bezel, it can be used as a base for embellishment, or it can be used on its own. Here are some of my RAW bracelets I have made in the past. I did make a little strip for this post, but figured why show a sample when I have good photos of some nice simple finished RAW pieces!


    
    

It is easy to see from the pictures how plain RAW works with different sizes of beads and in varying widths. The silver one (top left) was actually woven with stretch cord and Sterling Silver beads. 

Sometimes RAW is done with two needles in a cross weaving technique. I don't weave with two needles -I only use one- and the tutorials that I am including in the "how to" also only use one needle. As I say in my Disclaimer*-  I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way.  If you like to do your RAW with two needles- go for it! To each beader their own!

The How to:*
Fusion Beads has a good tutorial  on how to do basic RAW

Deb Roberti from "Around the Beading Table" also has a good tutorial for RAW

Jewelry Supply on YouTube has a video that is easy to follow if you prefer to watch instead of read.

*Disclaimer:
I am not affiliated with, paid by, or endorsed by anyone. By posting about beading and/or beading products I am not claiming to be an expert, nor am I suggesting the way that I do anything or the products I use are the best/correct/only way. All opinions expressed here are mine, and aren't meant to be taken as anything more than an opinion or suggestion from some stranger on the internet 😀

Coming weeks: 

May 25th: Embellished RAW

June 1st: Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW)

June 8th: CRAW continued...



Thanks for reading & Happy Beading -Beth

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