Ok, I've become a tad obsessed as to what makes CRAW CRAW (and I confess to being totally unclear how to punctuate this statement correctly.)
I have always thought of CRAW cubic right angle weave as RAW with 6 sides, 1 bottom, 4 sides, 1 top. However it appears that this with the combination of the thread path used to create these 6 sides is what really constitutes CRAW.
Here are some projects I've done where I do indeed have 6 sides, but I first built a base of RAW, then built the sides and then closed the top. If you have Marcia DeCoster's Beaded Opulence, have a look at Serena.
I have a cube of raw, but I went about it differently. In the case of the fire polish cuff, it is still quite structural, based I suppose on the beads. I also only closed every other group of side beads leaving channels between the rows of cubes.
On the top of Lilliana, I also beaded a base of raw, then the sides, then joined the tops but in every row. This results in a dense (cubic) fabric but it maintains the soft fluid quality of RAW.
So now onto other thread paths. We've been taught not to cross the intersection in RAW, although I have found a use for breaking this rule, but in CRAW (as I have found documented so far) you cross the intersection of your bottom, and put on your new beads in the same direction each time. You then run a thread all the way through your top beads before beginning your next cube.
I made a piece not following this rule, I instead went through a shared side bead and alternated CW and CCW adding the side beads. I also skipped the thread pass through the top beads. I'm happy with the result, although it is very firm, which in this case is what I wanted.
I have quite a bit more experimenting to do before I decide the pros and cons of the different thread paths. I'm thinking a session with white size 8 beads and black thread will help to unravel the mysteries for me.
Have you CRAW'd? Do you have a favorite thread path? Want to contribute to my research? Please leave a comment with your CRAW experiences.