Saturday, March 12, 2011

Playing with Box Stitch

I've been playing with box stitch again, or what others call three-dimensional right angle weave.  I like the name "box stitch" because it's much shorter and, I think, equally descriptive.

Anyways, here's what I made.  I call this first piece "3 Intersecting Rectangles for the Math Nerd in You No. 2."  I made the first one of these in 2005, and this is the second one.  It was a bit easier than I remember, probably because I've had a lot of practice weaving beads since then.  It is an example of the Borromean link, and you can read more about it and see more photos in my Etsy shop. If you would like to learn how to make one for yourself, check out the pattern and kits for the beaded Borromean Links

The second piece is also made with box stitch.  I call it an "Octahedral Orb."
This is the very first beaded bead I've made quite like this. Before I added the golden drops, it was much rounder, like a globe, which is how I envisioned it before I started.  I want to try to make another one without the drops to see if I can get it to keep its perfectly round shape. You can read more about this orb and see more photos in my Etsy shop.


  1. Oh Gwen, I loved the original version of this BB now I have another one to love! Shame on you, cavalier BB designer you!!
    Oh, BTW, I have a variation of the Time Machine that insists on being called "Time Capsule". You likely have made a BB like this already...however, this little darlin' just morphed in my brain as I was making my 4th Time Machine bead. You'll be seeing it soon! LOL

  2. Oh, goodie. I love Time Machines. I can't wait to see your capsule. Variations make me soooo happy!

  3. Gwen, is the 3-D right angle weave the same as the cubic right angle weave? I just learned the cubic and was wondering what I could do with it. These are awesome beads, I wish my mind worked like yours!

  4. Yes, box stitch is also called cubic RAW. The name, box stitch is still shorter, and Mandy, you can do tons and tons of good stuff with it, which is why I love it. It's a relatively slow weave to execute, which is why I don't do as much with it as I might.

  5. Thanks Gwen! I think I might give something a try today, that ball is really cool!


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