Welcome to another free beadwork tutorial here on Golden Age Beads! Below you’ll find step by step instructions on how to do right angle weave stitch in beadwork. It’s an easy stitch to learn and you can create many different types of jewelry pieces using it, from earrings to necklaces to bracelets and more!
For the purpose of this tutorial, you’ll need the following materials:
- Faceted round beads in two colors (you can use any round beads and bicone beads also work very well in this stitch). This tutorial uses 8mm beads in metallic blue and purple.
- Beading thread such as Nymo.
- Size 10 or 12 beading needle.
To begin right angle weave, thread your needle and pick up 4 beads, sliding them down the thread until you are left with around a 6 inch tail. Tie the thread into a double knot after bringing the beads together to form a circle. This will stop your beads from sliding off the end! Once you’ve done that, go through the next two beads to the right of the knot so that your thread is coming upwards out of the bead on the right hand side, like in the image. These 4 beads will form your first unit in row 1.
To make the second unit in row 1, pick up 3 more beads and go back through the same bead that your thread is currently exiting out of (clockwise). Your second unit is then made. Your thread should now be coming out of the middle bead in between these two units.
In this tutorial, your rows will be made up of 3 units. So, you’ll need your thread to be coming out of the correct bead in order to start the third unit. To do this, go through the next two beads in the circle (clockwise) so that your thread is coming out of the new bead on the right hand side.
To make the third unit in this row, simply pick up 3 more beads and go back through the bead that your thread is currently exiting out of (anti-clockwise). Again, your thread will be coming out of one of those middle beads.
Continue going around the circle, this time all the way back to the first unit – basically retracing all the beads you’ve just sewn through. This is to secure your beadwork into place as the first row can be a little unstable. You won’t have to do this again, only for the first row. Make sure you always go around the beads in the same direction, so that your thread path flows the same way. Complete this step by finishing with your thread coming out of the top bead of that very first unit, as shown in the image.
You’ll now be starting row 2! This tutorial uses blue beads for the second row so that you can see the change as we step up. Pick up 3 new beads and go back through the same bead that your thread is currently exiting out of (anti-clockwise). This will be the top bead from the previous row.
To make sure your thread is in the right place for the next unit in row 2, you’ll need to go around all the beads that you’ve just stitched on and then go right through the top bead of the second unit in row 1, like in the image.
You’ll now only need to pick up two new beads to form the second unit in row 2! Do that and go through all the beads in that unit in an anti-clockwise direction until your thread is coming out of the new bead (blue in this case) on the right hand side.
To complete the second row, pick up another two new beads and go through all the beads in that unit, in the same direction until your thread is exiting out of the top bead. No need to retrace your beadwork this time, you can just step up to row 3!
Continue following steps 5 to 8 to make another row. You can change colors again like in this tutorial or you can continue with the same beads as before.
Repeat steps 5-9 until your beadwork reaches your desired length!
I hope you enjoyed this free beadweaving tutorial. In case you missed the tutorial on how to do flat even count peyote stitch, you can find it here.