Item description for Beading with Right Angle Weave (Beadwork How-To series) by Christine Prussing...
The right angle weave stitch is demystified in this beading handbook. After mastering the basics, crafters can create their own beautiful jewelry with 30 projects that include a trendsetting garnet and carnelian necklace, a bead lace jabot, and a sapphire crystal bracelet. All projects include easy-to-follow instructions and illustrations for both single- and two-needle techniques. Simple pieces for children or beginning beaders are followed by more complex projects that will challenge advanced beaders with three-dimensional explorations of cubes, frames, tablets, and boxes. Each of the projects can be modified and personalized in dozens of ways, allowing beaders to design their own inspiring creations.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.39" Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2004
Publisher Interweave Press
ISBN 1931499500 ISBN13 9781931499507
Reviews - What do customers think about Beading with Right Angle Weave (Beadwork How-To series)?
Way Different Apr 10, 2006
This author does more with the right angle weave stitch than what you usually see in bead magazines or older crafts booklets. The photo showing some of the multiple-bead ladder variations on this stitch was a nice surprise, plus the beautiful "jabot" patterns that use some of these stitches. The chapters on cubes, tablets, and frames are unlike anything I've seen anywhere else. There are a lot of ideas here for further exploration. And it is the only book that actually tells you how to use two needles to do this stitch.
But, as another reviewer has pointed out, there are some artwork and editing issues. Sometimes cryptic instructions, illustrations out of sync with the text... And the artwork is certainly less helpful than it could be. I've gotten other patterns from this author off the Internet, so I happen to know that she uses PowerPoint for her diagrams. But apparently the publisher decided these were too techy-looking, and had an artist re-do them as hand-drawn sketches. But in screaming yellow and magenta? What's up with that? The section that another reviewer pointed out is a prime example of this collision of haphazard editing and an artist who evidently didn't bother to read the text she was illustrating. Yikes! However, seeing as how I could recognize these mistakes when I tripped over them, obviously the sketchy editing and artwork - while annoying - didn't prevent me from figuring out what was supposed to be going on.
I have to give the author credit for a clever solution to the problem of writing patterns for right angle weave, a stitch that can be done by two completely different methods. Rather than do duplicate instructions for every project - one with a single needle thread path, and another with two-needle paths - she labels the positions of the beads in each stitch instead: North, South, East, and West. So it doesn't matter whether you work a pattern using one needle or two, you just have to note what position the beads in each stitch lie in instead of following a thread path. The section titled "Read This First" describes this method of reading a pattern. However, it's so different from what you usually see in bead magazines that I can see how readers who skipped this section and went right into the projects might have run into trouble. It does take some thought and getting used to. I had to draw myself a little cross-shape with the arms labeled "East=Right" and "West=Left." But now that I get it, I find it a really helpful way of looking at other right angle weave patterns.
So I give this author high marks for innovative thinking and fun designs and techniques (love the layered frames and sugar cubes!), but knock off a point for the mangled editing and artwork that make getting through the instructions harder than it should be. If you're a beader looking for a challenge or something different, you'll like this book.
Beading with RAW by C.M. Prussing Mar 19, 2006
Probably a problem of buying online as opposed to brick & morter where you can see any color defficiencies... Pages 16 thru 18 , although written well the color for the how to instructions were faded or just not there...it was a huge guessing game and a test of nerves...without the basic needle methods it's just a book with a lot of pretty pictures that the reader can't make... In addition to add to the confusion if you do finally get the colors right, with the aid of colored pencils, there is another huge mistake on page 17 under SINGLE NEEDLE COUNTERCLOCKWISE START Step 1, it should read String 1 green, 1 orange 1 PINK and 1Yellow....
I will never buy another how to book on line....It turned out to be a very frustrating experience and not worth the $$$$
I guess if I already knew the basics ( acording to this author )that were so confusing , I would have given it a higher score. I cannnot say that there are no more mistakes as I have not made much progress...and I am no stranger to the RAW....I have been beading for many years.
I also feel it is not the author at fault but the publisher and the proofreader.
I hope this helps save future beaders the time, grief and aggravation . Lorna
Which way is South? Jan 23, 2006
This book has beautiful pictures and some nice ideas and designs -- if you can figure out what the writer is talking about. Extremely confusing instructions and diagrams. I bought this book to learn the right angle weave, but it is useless for that purpose. Too bad, it had some real potential.
Disappointed Mar 11, 2005
This book looked promising when I picked it up, but after struggling through the instructions I now regret buying it. I bought the book to learn right angle weave...but ended up looking up a free tutorial online instead because I could not figure out Christine Prussings instructions and examples. The right angle weave stitch itself is actually not that complicated...but Christine makes it seem extremely complicated. Unless you are really good with a compass I do not recommend this book. I started a beautiful project that she had on the front cover, but once you get done with the base of the piece...her instructions become unclear and confusing. Now, I have a beautiful unfinished necklace.
Great Book for Learning Right Angle Weave Dec 17, 2004
Thanks to Christine Prussing's book, I can now make jewellery using right angle weave, a stitch that has eluded me for years. There are a few typos but you can find the corrections. It's well worth the investment if you wish to make beautiful, unusual jewellery. She covers both single needle and two needle right angle weave. I prefer the two needle method; it is faster and works up evenly. Thank you Chris!! Evalynne Tompkins