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Right angle weave: Cubic right-angle weave

The first unit of cubic right-angle weave (or CRAW) can be started two different ways – with a right-angle weave strip or by building each side off a base. Try each approach to determine the method that works best for you.

Each CRAW unit 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 unit, and only eight beads are used for each subsequent CRAW unit.

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CRAW 1
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CRAW 2
Working the first CRAW unit with a right-angle weave strip

1. On the project specified length of thread, pick up four beads. Retrace the thread path to form a ring, leaving the project specified length tail, and continue through the first two beads in the ring. This ring of beads will count as the first stitch of the unit.

2. Work two right-angle weave stitches (see right-angle weave how-to; FacetJewelry.com/basics) off of the bead our thread is exiting to create a flat strip of right-angle weave.

3. To join the first and last stitches: Pick up a bead,sew through the end bead in the first stitch (CRAW 1, a-b), pick up a bead, and sew through the end bead in the last stitch (b-c). CRAW 2 shows a three-dimensional view of the resulting cube-shaped unit.

 

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CRAW 3
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CRAW 4

4. To stabilize the unit, sew through the four beads at the top of the unit (CRAW 3). Continue through the beadwork to the bottom of the unit, and sew through the four remaining beads. Continue back through the beadwork to the top of the unit, and exit the bead on the right side (CRAW 4). This completes the first CRAW unit.


 
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CRAW 5
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CRAW 6
Working the first CRAW unit with a base and building each side

1. On the project specified length of thread, pick up four beads. Retrace the thread path (not shown in the figure for clarity) to form a ring, leaving the project specified length tail, and continue through the first bead added. This ring of beads will form the base of the unit (CRAW 5). A top and side view of figures 5–10 are shown for clarity.

2. Work the following stitches to complete the first CRAW unit: SIDE 1: Pick up three beads, sew through the same bead in the base your thread exited at the start of this stitch, and continue through the next bead in the ring (CRAW 6).

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CRAW 7
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CRAW 8

SIDE 2: Pick up two beads, sew through the adjacent side bead from the previous stitch, the bead your thread exited at the start of this stitch, and the next bead in the ring (CRAW 7).

SIDE 3: Pick up two beads, and sew through the adjacent side bead from the previous stitch, the bead your thread exited at the start of this stitch, and the next bead in the ring (CRAW 8).

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CRAW 9
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CRAW 10

SIDE 4: Sew through the adjacent bead in side 1. Pick up a bead, and sew through the adjacent bead in side 3, and the bead your thread exited at the start of this stitch. Continue through the adjacent bead in side 1 and the top bead in side 1 (CRAW 9)

TOP: Sew through the top beads in each side, exiting the same bead your thread exited at the start of this step (CRAW 10), pulling tight to snug these four beads into a ring.


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CRAW 11
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CRAW 12
Working additional CRAW units

1. Each new CRAW unit is worked off of the top four beads of the previous unit. These beads are outlined in red in CRAW 11. Your thread should be exiting the bead on the right side. 

2. Repeat step 2 of  “Working the first CRAW unit with a base and building each side” to work the next unit (CRAW 12) and for the desired number of units.


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CRAW 13
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CRAW 14
Working a joining unit
A joining unit is used to connect two completed CRAW units to each other. Units may be joined end to end (CRAW 13) or perpendicular to one another (CRAW 14).
 
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CRAW 15
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CRAW 16
1. Sew through the beadwork to exit a top face bead in one unit. 

2. To join the top face: Pick up a bead, sew through the corresponding bead in the other end unit (CRAW 15, a–b). Pick up a bead, and sew through the bead your thread exited at the start of this step (CRAW 15, b–c). Snug up the beads. This joins the top face. Sew through the next two beads on this face to exit the bead opposite the one your thread was exiting (CRAW 15, c–d)

3. To join the bottom face: Pick up a bead, and sew through the corresponding bottom bead in the other end unit (CRAW 15, d–e). Pick up a bead, and continue through the bead your thread exited at the at the start of this step (CRAW 15, e–f). This joins the bottom face.

4. All beads are in place. Sew through the four beads that remain unconnected on the front face (CRAW 16), and continue through the beadwork to the back face and connect the beads on this face.
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CRAW 17
Work a perpendicular unit

To make a unit that is perpendicular to the last unit, work as in step 2 of  “Working the first CRAW unit with a base and building each side” to make a unit that is off the side face of the end unit (CRAW 17). Continue adding units off this new unit for the desired length.


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CRAW 18
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CRAW 19
Subsequent rows
To make multiple rows, you’ll share the beads along one edge of the CRAW units. The shared edge beads are shown in purple in photos CRAW 18–22

1. Work as in “Work a perpendicular unit” to add a new unit. Exit the bottom bead of the new unit as shown (CRAW 18).

2. Pick up two beads, and sew through the bottom edge bead in the next unit 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 (CRAW 19)
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CRAW 20
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CRAW 21
3. Pick up two beads, and sew through the edge bead of the previous unit in this row, the bead your thread exited at the start of this step, the next bead of the previous stitch, and the adjacent center edge bead of the unit in the previous row (CRAW 20).

4. Pick up a bead, and 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 (CRAW 21)
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CRAW 22

5. To complete the unit, sew through the four top face beads of the new unit to stabilize them (CRAW 22). Continue adding units off this unit for the desired length.

To download a PDF of these instructions click here.

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