1/18/07

RAW (Right Angle Weave)


One of my favorite off-loom stitches...I've been working in RAW for years and have designed many bracelets and necklaces in it...it's fun to see it apprearing in the magazines more often...It is a challenging stitch, but not beyond anyone's ability and the flexibility of the woven bead fabric is awesome.
This is one of my all-time favorite pieces...I made it with size 13 charlottes (I now use only the 11 true cuts, but they weren't around when I made this piece) and 3mm nailheads. With the cost and scarcity of nailheads these days, I don't think I could afford to make it again unless I charged about 3 times what it cost then. This was all done in brown iris finish, both the beads and the nailheads.

9 comments:

The Lone Beader said...

I like right-angle weave, but when I tried it, it seemed very time consuming..... LOL.

beadbabe49 said...

Yes, although like all the other stitches, you get a lot faster with practice...and it has a drape to it that none of the other stitches can come close to, plus when you start working in 3-D RAW you can make some interesting structural things happen...
David Chatt is the master of the 3-D RAW...his website is worth checking out...the blog done by a friend of his isn't as interesting...too much mention of food and what they're having for lunch and not enough beadwork for me!

Beadin' Gram said...

OK, what's RAW??? It is my nephew's initials -- and as a kid he inscribed them everywhere LOL -- but don't think that is what you are referring to.

Really, BB, that is one gorgeous piece -- and you know how I love nailheads.

LJ said...

BB, this is beautiful stuff...the necklace and the cuffs in Right Angle Weave (RAW, beadin' gram!)...
I used to do it years ago, using fishing line and two "threads" at once. It seemed incompehensible to me when I tried to learn it with only one thread, but now I've got the hang of it and I'm picking up speed. The terrific thing is how is creates that perfect base for embellishment.
Glad to see you back...and wonderful to see this work.

Beadin' Gram said...

Duh....open your eyes, Gram.
Thanks lj for helping me see (and read) the obvious.

beadexplorer said...

I can only say. Wow! Absolutely stunning!!!

beadbabe49 said...

thanks, be! and thanks so much for having an english translation on your wonderful blog! I can read a little deutsch, but it's so much easier in english!

beadexplorer said...

Why do you know German? Did you learn it in the past?

beadbabe49 said...

I was born in Ludwigsburg and didn't speak english until I was 3...unfortunately my mother was trying to learn english too, so she stopped speaking german to me, so most of my vocabulary comes from taking german in high school...but I have a "great" Swabish accent, I'm told! LOL!