Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Is it ever right

to do wrong angle weave?

When we refer to single needle right angle weave, we think of a unit of four sides where the thread path passes through a shared side bead and travels clockwise and counter-clockwise. This avoids the dread exposed thread across the intersections of the units, the tell tale sign of wrong angle weave.

Besides being unsightly, this thread would also be in the way if we were to put an embellishment bead into that intersection.

But, often that is exactly the next step we take when completing our right angle weave fabric. We pick up a bead and place it into that intersection.

Well, what if we picked up a bead and traveled across that intersection during our original weave, completing the next unit in a clockwise direction and continuing on, adding a bead between every intersection and completing every unit clockwise?

In doing this I find the piece maintains the fabric quality (depending on tension of course) uses less thread and traveling in one direction is an easier rhythm for some folks to grasp. I'm not done playing with the concept. I want to vary tension, size of bead, contrast and see what shows up.

Sorry Cathi, it appears that wrong angle weave may have it's uses!


Gwenbeads said...

I love wrong angle weave and I think you found a great name for it. Cute post. Thanks.

kate mckinnon said...

Interestingly, I have been thinking about this as well. I tend to like the separate thread for the idea of reinforcement, but love the idea of single pass work for efficiency. Let's explore this at the Summit!