The Right Angle Weave Stitch is very popular
because of its architectural, building-block
like features. The stitch path follows a Figure
8 configuration, where you first pursue the
Figure 8 path in an upward then downward motion,
and next continue the figure 8 in a downward
then upward motion, and then repeat. This
can get a little confusing when you first
learn the stitch.
In our project here, we not only embellish
the top of our RAW row, but we add edging
embellishment to force the row to curve.
Whenever you create a piece of jewelry, it
is important to try to anticipate how your
choice of techniques and materials might positively
or negatively affect how the piece moves and
feels when worn, as well as your piece’s
Towards this end, it is important to redefine
your techniques and materials in architectural
terms. The important term or concept we think
about when we begin our piece is called a
“Support System”. A support system
is anything that gives your piece “jointedness”,
that is, allows the piece to move easily when
worn, and allows the piece to adapt to the
negative forces any movement places on your
piece, making your piece feel more comfortable
to wear and more durable.
In our Right Angle Weave project, we need
to understand how the Right Angle Weave stitch
In RAW, we create a RAW unit, usually consisting
of 4 beads, and we connect this unit to the
subsequent unit, through a shared bead. It
is important that the beads within the single
unit move as “one.” That means,
we need to get them as tightly abutted against
each other as possible.
When using bicone beads, for example, this
is relatively easy. The bead shapes make them
lock up tightly. But when using round beads,
such as in this project, the beads do not
lock up. In this project, we rely on our surface
and edge embellishments to tighten things
In our shared bead, however, we want a looser
connection to the next RAW unit.
We want our RAW units to move somewhat together,
yet somewhat independently, in order to adequately
adapt to the forces of movement as our bracelet
In this bracelet, we will be make a 6 ½”
strip of RAW units. When we add a clasp, this
will make the bracelet fit comfortably around
a 7” wrist. The instructions detail
steps for making a bracelet for a 7”
To make a shorter bracelet, say for a 6”
wrist, we would use fewer RAW units. To make
a longer bracelet, say for a 7 ½”
wrist, we would add more RAW units.
In the CURVY Bracelet project...