Double Needle Right Angle Weave (4/5/2016)
While we all (should) know how to do Right Angle Weave (RAW), perhaps you have come across “Two Needle” or Double Right Angle Weave, also known as Cross Weave. Here are 4 written tutorials and 2 video tutorials to get you started.
Double Needle Right Angle Weave is a quick way of weaving a RAW beading project. With Double Needle RAW you’ll be using left and right threads as you weave, going up, down, left, right and sideways in a figure 8 motion; thus, sometimes it’s called, the “Figure 8 Weave.” Just like with Single Needle RAW you can combine different sizes and shapes of beads. You can also embellish it and combine with other beading stitches.
Using two needles for right-angle weave means that there are less thread passes through each bead. This comes in handy when you want to use beads with smaller holes, like my beloved Czech seed beads or vintage seed beads. You can also use a thicker thread without worrying much about breaking beads or needles with these tiny seed beads.
So then, what is this one needle and two needle about? Alright, before I actually come to the understanding that the RAW and Japanese style beadwork are pretty much similar if not the same, I was learning it the one needle way. It was only later on did I realize that it can be done much faster and easier using two needle i.e the Japanese way. The two method starts off pretty much the same. Here’s how.
Remember that when stringing each new square on the left-hand needle to recruit two beads, and on the right. Do not forget to draw the thread each time, it affects the appearance and quality of the product. You can weave a chain with different patterns, using glass beads, chopped beads and beads of various shapes and sizes. The number of variants of these chains can be very large. (This site is in Russian – Translate).
In this video, learn how to do a fancy version of right angle weave using two different sizes of beads. Elevate your basic right angle weave into something very elegant for special occasion jewelry.
In this Beadaholique video, Andrea shows us how to make a beaded bead using right angle weave and the two needle method.