Right Angle Bead Weaving
One of my favorite beading techniques is bead weaving, specifically right angle weaving. It’s very versatile depending on the types and sizes of beads used.
Today I’m making a Lapis Lazli Celtic knot bracelet.. I’m using round Lapis stones, silver tone Celtic knot beads and seed beads.
-approximately 1 yard of 8 lb test mono-filament
-2 crimp beads
-spring ring clasp
-2 jump rings
-approximately 80 seed beads (for 7 inch bracelet)
-approximately 18, ¼ inch decorative beads
-approximately 36-38 accent beads
-flat nose or crimp pliers
- Attach a jump ring to the spring ring clasp; set aside. Cut mono-filament in half and add a crimp bead to one end of both strands. Loop both strands through the jump ring-clasp assembly then back through the crimp bead as shown and pinch shut. Now you are ready to start weaving
- String 3 seed beads on each mono-filament, making sure to catch the short ends just past the crimp bead. Next take 1 decorative bead & string each strand of mono-filament through each end (see diagram) and pull taut.
- Add 1 seed bead, one accent bead and another seed bead to each strand of mono-filament.
- Repeat steps 3 (minus the first 3 beads) and 4 until you have 6 ¾ inches of bracelet woven. Remembering to pull taut after each decorative bead is added.
- To finish the bracelet, string 3 seed beads on each strand. Attach crimp bead to both strands, then jump ring and loop through. Pull taut and pinch crimp bead. Tuck small tails into the seed beads. Your bracelet is now ready to wear!