Right-Angle Weave follows the popular Peyote Stitch as the second title in this series that teaches readers everything they want to know about a stitch. Readers will find over 25 Bead&Button projects using right-angle weave, which features patterns of small squares and has many variations to explore.
• One stitch yields so many different looks
• The next addition to a terrific library
• 25 projects organized from easy to advanced
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The Stitch Workshop books all focus on one aspect of beading. This book is about right-angle weave.
They start with all the information you'll need to learn the basics even if you've never strung a seed bead in your life. The first part is called Right-Angle Weave and Stitching Basics and it covers right right-angle weave, other stitches that may be called for in the projects, tips for right-angle weave, tools and materials. All very well illustrated and photographed so the information is very clear.
The focus is single needle right-angle weave instead of crossed double needle technique.
Then you get into the projects, gleaned from a really good seed bead magazine, these have several designers and several styles. The book is organized so the projects start with very simple and straight forward flat projects and then builds in complexity. So if you've never done the stitch before, working through the projects in the book in order will build familiarity and comfort with the technique.
It will teach you how to make curves, work in 3 dimensions and embellishments for this versatile stitch.
Right angle weave is one of my personal favorite techniques for it's drape and adaptability, and I love the more advanced projects in this book.
Connie Blachut's Seed Bead Loops Add Drama bracelet features embellished right angle weave with a center line of bigger beads, and an edging that's worked as embellishment that gives a lot of dimension and looks a bit like a rope.
Lisa Kan, who is one of my favorite designers, contributes a Zig Zag bangle that uses simple techniques to make a bracelet that could very easily become a favorite wear everywhere bangle.
Shelly Nybakke's A Metalsmith's Match is intricately beaded and lives up to it's name. Embellished layers simulate the look of granulation.
My favorite project in the book is the Right-Angle Weave in the Round, with it's trendy circle shape and lots of shine, it's a wonderful piece that could be done in colors and bead finishes to create different looks for different things. The pendant is much like a donut made with beads so you wouldn't have to use just the chain suggested. It's a great shape that is very adaptable.
Recommended for beginning through intermediate beaders who want to learn single needle right-angle weave techniques or want to become more proficient using them.
-Shala Kerrigan, BellaOnline
As I said yesterday, I'm not a rank beginner with off loom but have never done right angle weave. The projects in the book are arranged from easy to advanced.
Let me say now that I've never been able to teach myself an off loom technique by using a book. Usually I try and then go take a class so I can see how to do it. I wanted to use beads from my stash and I didn't have any 6mm rounds to use so I substituted with size 6 and size 8 seed beads. So it was a little harder to see the beads and pattern.
The beginning of the book includes the basics of right angle weave with colored illustrations and arrows to show where to weave your needle and thread (or stringing material. These illustrations came in very handy when I got confused with the project directions. The illustrations are followed by "Tips and Tricks for Right Angle Weave by David Chatt." It's a list of tips for the more experienced right angle beadweaver. Page 8 is "Beading Technique Basics" and it covers topics like adding thread, ending thread surgeion's knot, other beadweaving stitches, wire techniques and opening jump rings to name just a few. Tools and materials are covered in the next section. I'm very familiar with these materials so I skipped over this section and went straight to the first pattern by Pam O'Connor, "The Cuff Crystallized."
It took me a couple of tries to get the pattern and stitch right. When I got to the right length, again it took me a couple of tries to join the bracelet properly. Adding the next row was also trial and error. I'd read the directions and look at the pictures given on page five rather than the pictures in the pattern. The similar colors in the pattern pictures confused me. The colors were too similar to be clear. I alleviated the confusion with the pictures on page five. It took me several tries flipping between the pages and pulling out the beads but I eventually got the second row going. Since it was nothing like the first row, it took me awhile to get into the rhythm.
Despite the learning curve, I was able to teach myself how to beadweave in flat, right angle weave using a single needle. The first project states you can make the bracelet in a couple of hours. It took me approximately 5 hours over two days. Not bad for a beginner.
I've got my sights on the third project called "Wiggle Room." It's by Julie Glasser and it's made with various sizes of seed beads to create the wiggle.
I have a big stash of size 6, 8 and 11 seed beads in all colors just perfect for this project. I may try the bracelet project after called Crossing Paths by Lisa Twede or skip right to another favorite, Cosmic Crystals by Deborah Staehle. Another luscious project I'm smitten with is April Bradley's Spring Snowflakes.
And those are just the beginner- intermediate projects! There are lovely advanced projects Where you can learn advanced and dimensional right angle weave such as Chain of Rings by Cindy Thomas Pankopf and Victorian Sparkle by Julie Walker. If you're looking for a book on right angle weave with a variety of projects, this is a bargain for under $20.
-Cindy Gimbrone, Lampworkdiva.blogspot.com
I previously wrote about Kalmbach Publishing's Stitch Workshop : Peyote Stitch . It was a wonderful book ideally suited to beginners and intermediate beaders.
They recently sent me the latest one in the series is Stitch Workshop: Right-Angle Weave.
This one too is very much in the same vein. A 28-project celebration of one of the most popular stitches as well as a solid reference book for learning it.
Don't get me wrong. Advanced beaders who want a break from more challenging projects will also like this book. There are some innovative designs which will appeal to those who want to learn alternative RAW approaches.
There aren't any ring projects and the majority of the designs are for bracelets. There are also a few medallion designs which look lovely in necklaces.
While the book covers the basic techniques, there is a page full of tips for RAW by David Chatt. He is the guy who first developed single needle RAW some time ago and thus help popularize this stitch.
Did you know Fire Line is known as a parallel filament plied gel-spun polyethylene material and that nymo is a parallel filament nylon? No? Neither did I. It's amazing what little snippets of information there are in books like these.
You can take a peek inside the book here. I can't say I liked some of the flat bracelets especially since this stitch works so well for more dimensional designs. Most of the projects mercifully used larger seed beads and crystals for faster completion as shown in Crystal Ribbon bracelet.
There were some bangle standouts which quickly became my favorites. The Crossing Paths bracelet is really a double stranded tennis bracelet.
Another delight is the Loops Add Drama bracelet which features a scalloped edge.
The Zig Zag Bangle is really neat as the beads are put together around a craft store bangle core.
Yet there were other designs which used the RAW stitch to form a bangle without a core support. One stunning example is the A Metalsmith's Match bracelet constructed entirely with 11/0 beads.
It was inspired by the metal work method of granulation which fuses tiny small metal balls into beautiful patterns without soldering. The ancient Etruscans were well known for this technique and how they did it remained a mystery for centuries. It wasn't solved until the 20th century. See my post Victorian Fashionistas and their Etruscan Style Jewelry.
-The Beading Gem's Journal
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