This tutorial shows how you can weave a flat right angle weave pattern using beads. This is the most important tutorial in this beading series as we will be using this technique in pretty much every beading project. But, fear not. This is very easy.
There are two methods in which we can do this – Using two needles / using single needle. This tutorial shows the single needle technique.
In right angle weave, the beads form four sided boxes / squares. Unlike the peyote stitch, in this method, every bead will be at right angle to the surrounding beads.
Pick up 4 beads with needle and pull through all the way to the end leaving a tail of around 3 inches.
Make a knot with the two ends of the thread. This will form a tight ring with 4 beads.
We have made the first box with four sides.
The working thread has to be brought to the correct position before making the second box. So pass needle through one bead. This will also slightly pull the ugly knot and hide it inside the bead.
The next box will be formed above this one.
Since the topmost bead from the first box will form the base of the second box, we will be picking up only 3 more beads.
After picking up three beads, the needle will enter the bead again from right to form a closed ring/circle.
After this step, we have to weave the needle through the second box so it is in position to form the next box.
Pick up three more beads to make the next box. But this time, the needle will enter the bead from the left to complete the circle.
Continue like this till you reach the desired length.
Now let us add the next layer.
The next box will be added to the side as shown below.
Bring the needle to its correct position by passing it through the bead that will form the base of the next box.
As usual, pick up three beads and form the next box.
Before we start the next box, I want to show you an error that you have to avoid.
The thread should not cross through the middle of the boxes (Green circle is correct. Yellow is wrong as the thread is crossing the middle of a box).
In the picture below, the thread has to follow the path shown by the green arrow and not the blue arrow.
Let us continue now….To start next box, we have to pass needle through a few beads to bring the needle to the correct position.
As you can see in the image below, the thread is going left (yellow arrow) while the next box has to be made on the right side.
So we have to bring the thread as shown below.
Since the next box (yellow diamond) already has two beads, we will pick up only two more beads.
To start the next box, we have to weave through beads again to get the needle in proper position.
Again pick up 2 beads and form the next ring.
Next we will weave the needle through the beads as shown below to bring it to proper position.
In position to start next box.
That is it. Continue till the end and add more layers if necessary.
If the needle travels in clockwise direction for one box, it will travel in anti-clockwise direction for the next one.
Don’t underestimate this simple stitch as we can make a lot of patterns with it. Our creativity is the limit. You can make pretty things like this 8 petaled flower or the welcome toran.