The Cubic Right Angle Weave technique (CRAW) is a great way to make beaded ropes.
The Cubic Right Angle Weave, or CRAW for short, is a great way to create beaded ropes in your jewelry. Like the flat Right Angle Weave technique, creating loops is key. Take a look at this tutorial and see how you can use this technique in your designs
Thread four beads of your first color onto the thread. Leave a six to eight inch tail. Bring the thread back up through the first bead and the beads after it to form a loop.
Pull to form a beaded circle. Knot the thread. We will refer to these beads as the core beads
Thread the needle through the two core beads to the left of the knot.
Hold the beads so they are positioned as shown in the picture. The bead with the thread coming out of it will be referred to as Core Bead 1. The tail should be hanging out between Core Beads 3 and 4.
Add three beads of a different color to the thread and bring the needle back through the Core Bead 1 again to form a loop.
We will refer to the new beads in this loop as the Left, Center and Right beads on Core Bead 1.
Thread the needle through the next bead in the core, or Core Bead 2.
Add two beads of the second color to the thread. Run the needle through the Right bead from the previous loop and then through Core Bead 2.
This creates a loop of beads around Core Bead 2. The Right bead from Core Bead 1 becomes the Left bead for Core Bead 2.
Thread the needle through Core Bead 3.
Add two beads of the second color to the thread. Run the needle through the Right bead from the previous loop and then through Core Bead 3.
This creates a loop of beads for Core Bead 3. The Right bead from Core Bead 2 becomes the Left bead for Core Bead 3.
Thread the needle through Core Bead 4.
To make the fourth loop, run the needle through the Left bead from Core Bead 1.
Add a bead of the second color to the thread. This bead becomes the Center bead of the fourth loop. Run the needle through the Right bead on Core Bead 3, then through Core Bead 4 and then through the Left bead on Core Bead 1 again.
This forms the fourth loop of beads.
As you pull the thread, the loops will gather together to form sides. You can see Core Bead 4 at the bottom of the sides and the three beads that form the loop around it.
Now, hold the beads so that the core beads are at the bottom. If you look at the top, you will see the Center beads from each of the previous steps are now at the top. These beads will still be a little loose and wobbly, since you have just started the weave.
To secure them, run your needle through the left side of the Center bead of Core Bead 1.
Going clockwise, bring your needle through Center Bead 2...
Then through Center Bead 3...
Through Center Bead 4...
And back through Center Bead 1 again.
Now the bead with the thread coming out of it becomes the new Core Bead 1 for this round.
Repeat steps 5 through 23 to continue building a CRAW rope. The new beads are shown in a contrasting color so you can see the core clearly.
Here is what a finished CRAW rope looks like. As you can see, each round forms two rows of beads. The contrasting colors make this change obvious. See this technique in our Ellinor bracelet or watch this technique in action in our Tutorial Video.
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