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Sunday, 27 February 2011

Ending Right Angle Weave (R.A.W.)

There are probably a few ways you can end a Right Angle Weave (R.A.W.) especially depending on the type of stringing material you use. Since I almost exclusively use fishing line and two-needle R.A.W for all my beadweaving so this article is actually about ending R.A.W with fishing line.... or monofilament....or.... Supplemax .... well, or those similar to these.
Phew! That's quite a mouthful.

Now, my ending sentence in any beadweaving project is always this :-

" Pass the thread around so that the thread ends meet. Tie a knot. (well, you will need the two thread ends to meet first before you can tie a knot, can't you? :P) Pass both thread ends through your work again to reinforce the knot before cutting the excess thread off "

So here's the thing abour fishing line. Thing is even after you have tied the knot, the knot can easily come loose even without you realising it.

Sure enough you see me loosening the knot here with the help of a needle but what I'm trying to say is that it can heppen. I think it's largely to do with the material of the fishing line itself which has a smooth and glossy surface which it can easily slips and untie itself.

Therefore, if you were to cut ff the excess thread right after the knot, you might find the knot loosen and untie itself and your whole piece of work will just 'crumble' and fall apart.

Now, THAT's something I bet you don't even want to even imagine about!

So, this is actually what you do or the 'mechanics' behind it, so to speak.

Now, after tying the knot........

You are going to pass both the thread ends through any bead next to the knot. Any bead will do but it should be the one immediately next to the knot.

Now, this is what happens as you pull the thread through. You'll noce that the knot will also be pulled towards the hole of the bead as you pull the thread through ......

..... until the knot is hidden inside the bead hole. You will continue passing both thread ends through a few more beads before cutting the excess off.

This gives a nice finishing to your work where the knot is hidden from view and not to mention also since the knot is nicely tucked inside the bead hole, is less likely to untie itself and is therefore secure.

Bear in mind though that after the knot, both thread ends should pass through the same bead in the same direction to successfully tucked the knot in the bead. It can't be say, one thread ends pass through the right and the other pass through the left. Both should pass through either the bead on the right or left.

So, yeah, that's basically how I normally do it. But of course if it's a one-needle R.A.W, this cannot be done since you have only one tail end and you can't really tie a knot with one thread.

Well, of course you technically can tie a know even with only one thread but then I don't think that's how they do it. Well, more on that next time. ;)

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