I love making motifs. For me, it is the easiest way to create a design using the same pattern from start to finish and when creating motifs I always use the Right Angle Weave beading technique. When making motifs with right angle weave, all you need to do is create one unit of RAW and then connect the units to create a bracelet or a necklace. Try this motif design I’ve created.
Cut an arm span of thread. If you can work well, longer than an arm span of thread that would be good. You may coat your thread with beeswax, but this is optional and then get ready to create a component.
Step 1. Fig 1 – Create 1 unit of RAW with 4mm turquoise pearls, leaving at least 6 -7 inches tail end.
Step 2. Fig 2 – Pass thru the pearls again, adding 11/0 bronze and lt. beige SB and have your thread come out a lt. beige SB.
The lt. beige SB will be your inner side while bronze will be your outer side.
Step 3. Create a unit of RAW with 11/0 lt. beige SB onto the lt. beige SB where your thread just came out when you finished your Fig 2.
Step 4. Add a unit of RAW with 4mm pearls. When you make your full circle, skip the lt. beige SB where your thread is coming out. On the diagram, it is shown in yellow circle.
Step 5. Then continue to pass thru the pearls again, adding 11/0 bronze and lt. beige SB. This time, when you make your full circle pass thru the lt. beige SB that connects the 2 units of pearls. Again, on the diagram, it is shown in yellow circle.
Continue to weave thru the pearls and aim to come out the inner lt. beige SB shown in yellow circle.
Step 6. Repeat Step 2 – 5 twice. First, create a unit of RAW using 11/0 lt beige SB and then your 4mm pearls. The idea is to link and connect units of RAW.
..and this is what it should look like.
Step 7. Let’s continue… coming out of a lt. beige SB (shown in red dot) pick up 15/0, 11/0 & 15/0 bronze SB then pass thru the next lt. beige SB, again, shown in red dot.It doesn’t matter whether your weaving clockwise or counterclockwise. The steps will be the same. It will only change directions.
Repeat previous step 3x and your beadwork should look like this. Step-up and aim to come out the 11/0 bronze SB
Step 8. We need to narrow the opening at the center. Simply pass the thread thru the 11/0 bronze SB. You may have to repeat this step several times to tighten to keep the hole narrow. Pull the thread but not too tight.
Coming out of 11/0 bronze SB, pick up 11/0 Pumpkin SB then pass the thread into the opposite 11/0 bronze SB and weave in opposite direction. Then pass thru several beads and pearls and aim to come out a side pearl shown in arrow.
Step 9. Coming from a side pearl, pick up the following: 15/0 bronze, 11/0 bronze, 11/0 Pumpkin, 11/0 bronze, 15/0 bronze. Pass the thread into the opposite side pearl.
Step 10. Pick up 15/0 and 11/0 bronze SB then pass the thread into the Pumpkin SB. Pull the thread and then pick up 11/0 and 15/0 bronze SB and pass the thread into the side pearl. Pull the thread and as you pull, continue to pass the thread into the bronze SB in between the pearls.
Step 11. Pick up the following: (2)15/0 bronze, 11/0 Pumpkin SB, (2)15/0 bronze SB. Then pass the thread into the next 11/0 bronze SB in between the pearls. Pull the thread and as you pull, pass thru several beads and aim to come out a side pearl from the next unit of pearls shown in red arrow.
Repeat Step 9 – 11 and continue to embellish all units of pearls.
Now, just play with your imagination on how you would want to use the embellished unit.
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