I find it is often the case when beadweaving that more than one thread path will yield the same result. Such is the case when I began looking at the various ways cubic right angle weave is taught.
To date I have identified three different methods, yet all result in a cube like structure with a floor, walls and a ceiling which make up each cube.
Let us start by examining the three different ways I have seen to weave a cube.
Method one is worked as if you were weaving a tubular right angle weave structure, sharing a side bead and traveling clockwise and counter clockwise to weave the tube. At the top of each row, the thread is then passed through the top or ceiling beads which crosses the intersection and squares things up.
Method two is worked by creating a floor of four beads and then adding the walls. Things start out the same by adding the three beads of the first wall. For wall two, instead of passing up the side bead of the wall just added, you pass through the next floor bead and then pick up your two beads, passing through the shared side from the top and then the floor you started from. For wall three, you pass through the next floor bead and add two beads as in wall two. Wall four only requires the one ceiling bead, so you pass through the floor, the side bead of wall one, pick up the ceiling and pass through the side bead of wall three. You must continue passing through a floor, a side wall and a ceiling bead to arrive at the top of the cube. You now pass through all four ceiling beads and begin the next cube.
What’s different? You only work in one direction for each unit or wall. You have thread between the intersections on the floor as you create the cube, and again on the ceiling with the additional pass. When you build the next cube you will also have thread between the intersection so there will be two passes of thread across the intersections of each floor and ceiling of the cube.
Method three is the same as method two, but forgoing the additional thread pass through the ceiling beads. If working with double thread this thread path is unnecessary as when you built the cube and pass from floor to floor to create the walls you will already have two passes of thread. Something to keep in mind however, your last cube will not have thread through it’s ceiling beads so in this case it is a good idea to make that additional pass.
All three methods result in the same structure so I encourage you to experiment and find the one that works best for you!
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Marcia DeCoster designs colorful and fun to wear jewelry and shares her designs through teaching and writing. Remembering her own early attempts, Marcia recognizes that everyone learns differently and so takes great care to provide clear, concise and comprehensive instructions, graphics and text.