Free Right Angle Weave patterns?

On Sun, 2 Nov 2003 11:31:02 -0500, Jenna wrote (in message ):
Nirvana for all things RAW is Chris Prussing's site:
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Chris uses the two needle method, but there's one heck of a lot of stuff there. OTOH, I never use patterns for things like bracelets in RAW. The stitch lends itself to so much embellishment, because of all the room between the beads. I often start out with a plain base of 6 mm cathedral beads and one row of RAW. Then I go buck wild or not, depending on my mood. The base bracelet is a superb place to use all your onesies and twosies and funky old pressed glass beads that don't have a home otherwise.
BTW, I _only_ use a spectra line (PowerPro, Fireline) for RAW. Bracelets tend to take a beating, crystals can be sharp, and I don't baby my jewelry. I have kids who've been wearing right angle weave anklets non-stop all school year, and they're holding up perfectly. Nymo would be a distant memory by now.
Oh yes, December's Bead and Button has an amazing RAW bracelet in it, IIRC.
Kathy N-V
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Kathy N-V
Hi Kathy, I was wondering if what you said here means that you don't use crystals, or that you do, and find they work good with the powerpro or fireline. thanks Lisa
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On Sun, 2 Nov 2003 19:20:33 -0500, LiisaAnn wrote (in message ):
Oh yeah, I use crystals. Lots and lots and lots of crystals. Swarovskis usually have nicely finished holes, but less expensive varieties (Celestial Crystals comes to mind) are often rather sharp. Since I give away all my work, the cost of materials is a concern, and I can't afford to give away Swarovski to every person I meet on the street.
PowerPro, Fireline, Spiderline fusion and the Cabela's house brand (RipCord) are all pretty equivalent (I "test drove" every brand I could find and wrote a review for Bead Notes a while back). There are minor differences, the way the item drapes or the ease of threading, but all are plenty sturdy enough to handle pretty much anything a bead can dish out. Once in a great while I get a razor sharp bead that cuts the thread, but I probably should have culled it beforehand anyway.
The only gotcha is the fact that every one of these lines is a pain to cut. They're so strong that normal scissors cannot cut them without leaving a ragged edge. The tool that you need for spectra lines is a pair of _children's_ Fiskar scissors, available at any discount place for about a dollar. Something about those scissors, and only those scissors, cuts the line cleanly. I have worn out two pair of the Fiskars, but that was after using at least two 1,000 yard spools of line per pair of scissors.
BTW, I just bought the new Cabela's version of line, and will give it a test-try. It's supposed to be silicone coated and very resistant to tangling. I'll report back later.
Oh yes, the tiniest diameters are just fine for needleweaving with the line. I usually buy the four or six lb. test, and it all fits easily through a size 15 beading needle. The advantage to that is that I can make multiple passes of thread through almost any bead without breaking the bead. However, I have never used those "33 to the inch" beads, and can't comment on how well the Spectra would work on those.
Kathy N-V
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Kathy N-V
Now I know what I did wrong. I spent an hour and several cuss words trying that last night. I am visual when it comes to instructions. Yours are perfect. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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