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Right-angle weave: Cubic right-angle weave

Row of cubes
Each cube has six surfaces — four sides, a top, and a bottom. Each surface is made up of four beads, but since the beads are shared, 12 beads are used to make the first cube, and only eight beads are used for each cube thereafter. I used two colors in the photos in the gallery below for clarity.
Cubic RAW figure 1
Figure 1
Cubic RAW figure 2
Figure 2
Cubic RAW figure 3
Figure 3
Cubic RAW figure 4
Figure 4

1. To begin the first cube, work three right-angle weave stitches. Join the first and last stitches to form a ring: Pick up a bead, sew through the end bead in the first stitch (Figure 1, a–b), pick up a bead, and sew through the end bead in the last stitch (b–c). Figure 2 shows a three-dimensional view of the resulting cube. To make the cube more stable, sew through the four beads on the top of the cube (Figure 3). Sew through the beadwork to the bottom of the cube, and sew through the four remaining beads.

2. To make subsequent cubes, work off of the four top beads in the previous cube (Figure 4): Exit one of the top beads.

See photos for the following instructions in the gallery below.

For the first stitch: Pick up three beads, and sew through the top bead your thread exited at the start of this step and the three beads just picked up (Photo a). Sew through the next top bead in the previous cube.

For the second stitch: Pick up two beads, and sew through the side bead in the previous stitch, the top bead your thread exited at the start of this stitch (Photo b), and the next top bead in the previous cube.

For the third stitch: Repeat the second stitch (Photo c), and continue through the side bead from the first stitch.

For the fourth stitch: Pick up a bead, and sew through the side bead in the previous stitch and the top bead in the previous cube (Photo d)

3. To complete the cube, sew through the beadwork to exit a top bead in the new cube. Sew through the four new top beads to stabilize them (Photo e).

4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until you reach your desired length.

Subsequent Rows

To make multiple rows, you’ll share the beads along one edge of the first row of cubes. The shared edge beads are shown in purple in photos f–k

1. Work the first cube in the new row as in steps 2–3 of “Row of cubes,” working off of the four edge beads of the last stitch in the previous row (Photo f). Exit the bottom bead of the new cube (Photo g).

2. Pick up two beads, and sew through the bottom edge bead in the next cube of the previous row. Sew through the bead your thread exited at the start of this step and the first bead added in this stitch (Photo h).

3. Pick up two beads, and sew through the edge bead of the previous cube in this row, the bead your thread exited at the start of this step, the next bead of the previous stitch, and the center edge bead of the cube in the previous row (Photo i).

4. Pick up a bead, sew through the center edge bead of the previous stitch, the bottom bead, the bead your thread exited at the start of this step, and the bead just added (Photo j).

5. To complete the cube, sew through the four top beads of the new cube to stabilize them. Flip the beadwork over so the bead your thread is exiting is now a bottom bead (Photo k).

6. Work as in steps 2–5 until you reach the other end of the previous row of cubes.

Video
Cubic right-angle weave demonstration
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