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Right-angle Weave Shapes

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced

Right-angle weave, an off-loom bead weaving technique, has the special qualities of great strength while being a magical supple beaded surface which can be easily shaped over three-dimensional forms. In this workshop, participants will review the technique of flat right-angle weave. To use this weave in a free-form manner, NanC will demonstrate how to increase, decrease, use filler beads, and accomplish a technique she developed called “filler bead inside increase.” The intricacies of free-form, right-angle weave will be explored and integrated as each individual designs, creates, and covers a three-dimensional polymer clay form. The forms will be available for purchase in class.

This intensive workshop is technique- and process-orientated. NanC’s interest in the creative process provides a stimulating, thought-provoking and inspiring class experience.

Supplies Needed:

Please bring small amounts of the following beads to make learning samples. High-contrast colors please. It is easier to learn if you choose high-contrast colors that you wouldn’t want to use in a finished piece.

3 colors of size 8 seed beads
2 colors of size 11 seed beads
2 colors of size 6 seed beads

The polymer shapes will be available for purchase on the day of the workshop. Please bring the following supplies for making your lariat or necklace:

  • 3 or more colors of size 11 seed beads and/or 3 or more colors of size 14 seed beads. The size 14 seed beads will give you much more detail in form than the size 11s. I use a combination of both in my pieces. I like to use the bronze, silver and gold tones of seed beads in my forms. You may do the same or choose a palette for yourself.

  • Tacky tape

  • Small scissors

  • Magnifying glasses or visors

  • Black Silamide A or Nymo Black size D beading thread. We will not be using Fireline for this project. You need black thread.

  • Size 11 and 12 beading needles

  • Beeswax or micro wax

  • Magnifying glasses or visor (seeing is very important!)

  • Power Zap is optional but a good idea

If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (see below).


NanC Meinhardt Studio, LLC
Highland Park, Illinois (north of Chicago)
Phone 847-433-1510
e-mail: nanc at nancmeinhardt dot com