Monday, March 14, 2011

Figure eight stitch

I have recently found that the right angle weave we used to construct all of beadworks is commonly called the figure eight stitch (八字編, or pronounced as Baji-Bian)here in Taiwan because the weaving path looks like a Hindu-Arabic numeral eight. I guess it has the same name in China. In Japan, the same weaving technique is called the Hachinoji-Ami or Kousa-ami stitches, which has literally the same meaning as Baji-Bian or figure eight stitch.

Apparently, it is better to call this technique as the figure eight stitch than as the right angle weave because angles generated in the figure-eight stitch may not be right angle at all.

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