Diagonal Cubic Right Angle Weave (CRAW) – Complete Guide
Have you ever heard of Diagonal Cubic Right Angle Weave? No? Well, that could be because I’ve just invented a new stitch! Or it could be that someone else has done this before, but called it by another name?
So, let me explain what I’ve done here, then show you how to work in this technique.
What is Diagonal Cubic Right Angle Weave?
Basically, this technique is about taking basic CRAW and changing up the way in which you join units. So, instead of joining new units onto the flat face of a previous unit, you’re going to build a new unit off the edge of your previous unit.
I’ve illustrated that idea in the diagram below…
What does that mean in terms of how the beads sit? Well, I’ve made a few samples to show you…
In the first image, you can see several options. Breaking these down, the middle image shows you how this will look with size 8 seed beads in two colours. In the right-hand image, I’ve made a sample using 4mm pearls, and disguising my thread paths with size 11 Delicas.
So, this is going to give you a new option for a lovely beaded rope. You can apply this theory to any variation of CRAW. So, as long as you can stitch a CRAW cube, you can then extend and join that cube to make a diagonal rope.
How to work in Diagonal CRAW
So, now you know the idea behind the technique. I’ve shown you what it looks like. But how do you actually do it?
Firstly, you should make sure that you understand how to work in basic CRAW. So, if you need to learn that technique, then you should take this free online class now.
Once you’ve done that, you can grab some beads and watch the video below. This is taken from my YouTube channel and I put it together to explain and demonstrate the technique.
For your first attempt, I recommend working with two colours of size 8 or size 6 seed beads. Plus your favourite beading thread.
Then, settle back and watch. You can re-watch and bead along, pausing whenever you need to.
Now, in the video, I have just whizzed through the basic CRAW technique. So, here are the step-by-step diagrams to break down the thread path that I was illustrating.
What happens next?
Well, I invite you to try out this technique. What variations can you discover with different bead sizes and shapes?
This is great for making both beaded ropes and also complete necklaces and bracelets. So, what will you do with yours?
You can also find out more about other variations of Right Angle Weave using this link.