Hint: I usually start with about 1 1/2 yards of thread. Any longer and I get too many tangles.
Here's a secret: the thread path for Right Angle Weave is exactly the same as that for Ladder Stitch. It just uses more beads. If you can do Ladder Stitch, you can do Right Angle Weave.
1. Slide eight beads onto your thread, leave a six inch tail, then create a circle by passing through the beads two or three more times. By passing through the beads several times you will not have to tie a knot.
Imagine the beads are making a square box shape with two beads on each side of the box (top, bottom, left side, right side).
2. The thread should exit from the top bead on the right side of the box. See the diagram.
3. Now we add another box. String on six beads. Circle around and "needle" into the bottom bead of the right side. Pass through the top bead on the right side and continue on through the top side beads, and the right side beads.
4. Exit from the bottom bead on the right side.
You only need six beads to make the this box because the two boxes share one side.
5. Add another box. String on six beads, circle around and pass through the two beads of the last box's right side (go from top to bottom).
6. Continue on through the beads of the bottom side, then right side, exiting from the top bead of the right side.
Notice that when you made your second box the thread traveled in a clockwise direction. Then, when you made the next box the thread traveled in a counter- clockwise direction. With each new box the thread changes direction.
8. To begin a new row: Pass through the beads on the bottom of the box and exit from the left bead on the bottom. Slide on six beads. Circle around and pass through the bottom beads of the last box you made again.
9. Pass through the two beads of the left side of the new box. Exit from the bottom bead of the left side.
10. String on four beads. Pass through the bottom beads of box #3 (go from left to right). Then pass through the two beads on the left side of box #5.
11. Continue on through the newly added beads, and through the bottom beads of box #2.
The first box of each new row needs six beads. The rest of the boxes in the row only need four beads to complete the box. This is because each new box shares two sides with old boxes.
12. Add four beads. Pass through the two beads of the left side of the box you just made, then through the bottom beads of box #2.
13. Finally, pass through the two beads of the left side of your new box and exit from the bottom bead.
14. Add another box. Continue around the box until you exit from the left bead of the bottom side. You are now ready to start a new row.
This little amulet necklace is made of RAW with loopy fringe on the bottom.
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