This chunky beaded necklace is stitched with single-needle right angle weave (RAW). It gets its three-dimensional look from diagonal embellishments on both sides. The piece comes together in two stages: first you stitch the RAW base using a double strand of thread, and then you add the embellishments using a single strand of thread.
The materials below are for a 16-inch necklace. For a longer necklace, add about 11 beads per additional inch.
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1. Gather Your Materials
• 168 4mm x 7mm donut Czech fire polished glass beads in opal Picasso gemstone
• About 12 grams of size 8/0 Miyuki round seed beads in gold lined shimmering light green AB (#8-378I)
• 18 size 14/0 Miyuki round seed beads in white lined green (#799Z)
• 1 round bead to use as a stop bead (the example uses a 4mm fire polished glass bead)
• Size D C-Lon beading thread in ash
• Thread conditioner, such as Thread Heaven
• 1 size 10 beading needle (for the base)
• 1 size 12 beading needle (for the embellishment)
• 2 jump rings
• 1 lobster clasp
• Beading scissors
• 2 pairs of chain nose pliers (or one chain nose and one flat nose)
2. Prepare Your Thread and Needle for the Base Row
Pull about two arm spans of thread plus an additional 24 inches. Cut, stretch, and condition the thread, and then thread the size 10 needle. Center the needle on the thread and pull the two thread ends together.
3. String on a Stop Bead
Pick up a bead to use as a stop bead, and position it about 12 inches from the thread ends. Pass through the bead again and pull the thread taut. (You will use the 12-inch tail later to stitch the end loop.)
4. Stitch the First Right Angle Weave Square
Pick up this sequence of 12 beads, using the key below: 1A, 1B, 1A, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1A, 1B, 1A, 1A, 1B, 1A.
A = size 8/0 Miyuki round seed beads in gold lined shimmering light green AB
B = 4mm x 7mm donut Czech fire polished glass beads in opal Picasso gemstone
Slide all 12 beads against the stop bead, and then pass through the first six beads again and pull the thread taut. This creates the first RAW "square." Notice that each set of three beads (1A, 1B, 1A) forms one side of the square.
5. Continue Stitching the Right Angle Weave Base
Continue stitching right angle weave until you reach your desired length, less about .5 inch for the clasp. For a 16-inch necklace, stitch 35 RAW squares. Weave-in to begin a new thread and end the old one as needed along the way.
How to continue stitching single-needle right angle weave:
Pick up three more sets of three beads (1A, 1B, 1A), and then pass up through the last three beads (1A, 1B, 1A) in the previous square. Pull the thread taut, and pass through the next six beads in the square. Pull the thread taut again and continue to your desired length.
6. Create the End Loops
Create the first end loop:
• At the end of the base row, pick up 5A, pass through the last three beads in the last square (1A, 1B, 1A), and then pass through the first 3A (of the 5A) again.
• Pull the thread taut, and pick up nine 14/0 Miyuki round seed beads in white lined green.
• Pass through the third A (of the original 5A) again, and pull the thread taut.
• Pass through the last 2A (of the original 5A) and then through the last three beads in the last RAW square again.
• Pull the thread taut, and pass through all 5A one more time for added durability.
• Weave-in securely through the last two RAW squares.
Repeat this at the other end to create the second end loop.
7. Step 6: Prepare Your Needle and Thread for the Embellishment
Pull an arm span of beading thread. Cut, stretch, and condition the thread and thread the size 12 needle. Fold over a tail of six to eight inches of thread.
Optionally, secure a stop bead six to eight inches from the end of the thread. Alternatively, you can hold down the thread tail with your thumb as you stitch.
8. Begin the First Embellishment
Pass up through the first three beads (1A, 1B, 1A) of the third RAW square in the base. (The embellishments begin and end two RAW squares inward on the base.) Pick up 2A, 1B, 2A. Pull the thread taut, and pass up through last three beads in the same RAW square (1A, 1B, 1A). Pull the thread taut again.
9. Embellish the Second Side of the First RAW Square
Turn the beadwork over. Pick up another set of 2A, 1B, 2A. Pass down through the first set of three beads in the RAW square, and pull the thread taut. Pass through the next two sets of three beads in that RAW square (over and then up) and pull the thread taut again.
This completes the embellishment for both sides of the first RAW square.
10. Continue the Embellishments
Pick up another set of 2A, 1B, 2A. Pass up through the last set of three beads (1A, 1B, 1A) in the next RAW square, and pull the thread taut. Turn the beadwork over, and pick up another set of 2A, 1B, 2A, and pass down through the first three beads in the RAW square. Pass over and up through the next two sets of three beads in the square (like you did in Step 8), and pull the thread taut.
Continue this process, stitching diagonal embellishments on both sides, until you complete the third from last RAW square in the base.