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Beading with Right Angle Weave (Beadwork How-To) Paperback – October 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Beadwork How-To
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Interweave Press (October 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931499500
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931499507
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,680,846 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"Full of innovative ways to use this versatile stitch."  —Step by Step Beads magazine

About the Author

Christine Prussing is a beadwork designer, a regular contributor to Beadwork, and the owner of The Bead Gallery. She lives in Juneau, Alaska.

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Too bad, it had some real potential.
Learning to Be
This book looked promising when I picked it up, but after struggling through the instructions I now regret buying it.
S. Rinaldi
Better still, learn from a tutor and practice a lot.
Benna from T.O.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By B. Muse on April 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
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.
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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By S. Rinaldi on March 11, 2005
Format: Paperback
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.
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28 of 35 people found the following review helpful By M. Weston on November 25, 2004
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The instructions in this book are not clear, the pictures hard to understand, the final project looks good if somebody can do it. Very disappointed.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Evalynne Tompkins on December 16, 2004
Format: Paperback
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
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Benna from T.O. on May 5, 2009
Format: Paperback
Unfortunately, this is a very poor introduction to a difficult but worthwhile stitch. I was tempted to give it two stars out of five because the project designs are mostly quite good (if you can figure them out): in fact the triangular RAW bangle is now one of my favourite patterns. But the frustration I felt while working out how to read the poorly conceived diagrams and obscure written instructions almost led me to toss this book against a wall (and I respect all books too much to do that often!) Beginners, stay away -- instead, buy Bead and Button magazine's 2008 special issue titled _Beading Basics: Right Angle Weave_, or Carol Cypher's Mastering Beadwork: A Comprehensive Guide to Off-loom Techniques. Better still, learn from a tutor and practice a lot. Then you may be able to overcome this book's serious flaws and enjoy what it has to offer.
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