Monday, January 19, 2009

Ok, I think I'm going insane. Just last week or so I used a tutorial in a recent bead magazine to learn how to use the right-angle-weave (aka RAW) like building blocks. Basically it is create a double layer of beads. The little 'bead blocks' can be manipulated and used to create all sorts of 3 dimensional shape.

There is a term for this particular technique.

But since I can't find the damn magazine I don't know what it is! AAARRRGGGG!

I wanted to document the magazine tutorial but nooooo. Hmmphhh.

Anyways I'm playing with the technique, working on an angular celtic knot design. A couple of things I've learned:

  • Use 4lb Fireline since you'll be going through each bead many times.
  • Stitch each RAW element at least twice, it needs the stability.
  • When starting on the second layer, begin on an interior row. For some reason the pattern comes out neater when I begin in the middle and work outwards.

That's it for now :)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Good News in regards to lead issue!
CPSC Agrees To Exempt Some Natural Items From Product Safety Act!