So, you have gathered all the items and tools to start your loom-beading crafts. As a beginner, having some initial knowledge of how to use a bead loom is a must before you start using the loom itself. And if you don’t know where to start from, this guide will show you step-by-step procedures.
Well, the beading technique is highly tedious, which makes it difficult for most of the others out there.
But, it’s not actually back-breaking. Continue reading to know the easiest way to use a bead loom.
How to use a Bead Loom
If you and I are on the same page, all you have to do is a cue in a bead loom. That’s it! The work will be a lot easier for you because the looms can be used for both modern and traditional beading. Besides, it will let you create new patterns with fewer difficulties. The best thing is, being a beginner is not going to be a barrier here.
The whole work is just a four-step process. All of it is going to be discussed below. Keep reading through it.
Supplies you will need –
Before you start working, you are going to need some tools.
- A bead loom
- Seed Beads
How to thread a Beading Loom
The first step of working with a beading loom is to prepare the loom. It mostly includes setting up the thread. Let’s see how to do it.
The setup of the thread warps depends on the width of the design. Setting the thread warps is the very first step of the whole project. So, choose the number of threads considering the width of the pattern.
Like, if you are going with a triangular shape, picking an odd number of threads is what you will want to go with. Besides this, one shortcut to determine the thread number is to add one with a bead number.
Cut eight threads of one meter, and then knot all of them together at the end.
There is a wooden barrel at the two sides of the loom. Hook the loop you made at the previous step with these barrels so that there is a fair amount of tension on the threads.
You need to create individual spaces among the threads on the coil by separating them. In this separation part, a crochet hook is convenient.
How to Start Beading on a Loom
After you’ve set up the threads, now you’re ready to start beading on your loom. Let’s see how you will begin weaving:
Use a long thread to thread the needle you are using. The reason behind this long thread is that changing the thread very often will slow you down, and you will find it pretty disturbing. That’s why start with a length that is ideal considering the length and also manageable.
Now thread the first batch of beads on your needle. Don’t let them down on the thread yet.
Put the needle on the warp threads. Now organize the beads in such a way that each of them can be in between 2 warp threads.
Place your finger on the beads and pull the thread through them with the needle. Make sure to leave a long thread as a tail from the beads.
Turn around the needle and thread it back from underneath the warp threads. Don’t miss any of the mead holes while doing this.
This completes the very first row of your design. Now repeat the third and fourth steps to make as many rows as you need.
Build the Design
Repeat the above steps to portray your design. Use beads of different colors according to your design and arrange them properly. After you are done completing the whole design, it’s time to remove it from the loom.
How You will Remove Your Work from the Loom
As you’ve finished the work, be extra careful of this removing bit. Otherwise, you may end up spoiling your entire hard work and be left with a mess. So, follow down the steps described below.
You have to thread in the warp threads carefully and correctly to prevent the design from falling apart. To do so, weave back the needle thread in from up and down without missing any beads and thus secure all of them in place.
After you have reached around the midsection with the threading, cut the excess part. Replicate this whole work with the thread tail we left at the weaving of the first row. Next, reach the middle part and cut the excess. The design will hide the left ends.
Now pick any one end of the loom and release the tension of the threads a little bit. Cut the last thread of the right side with around 6″ left with it. Again tighten up the warp threads as before and start working with this cut one.
Thread a needle with this warp thread and begin weaving it back it the work. This time go through the first two of the first row and come back through the two beads at first in the 2nd row. Weave through the first two beads from each row as long as the threads are not finished.
Repeat the previous process with the next warp thread. As we used the 1st and 2nd bead at the previous step, use the 2nd and 3rd from each of the rows this time and repeat until the thread runs out.
Follow this process for each of the warp threads until the last two of the threads are left.
Pick the second last thread. Now weave it in a changed direction. Pick the 2nd and 3rd bead of the far end and weave through them. Use the 3rd and 2nd bead from the next row to come back.
Go on with it as the previous step and cut it when you reach the end of the warp thread.
With the very last of the warp threads, use the 1st and 2nd bead from each row to weave through. You have to hold the whole piece in your skin hand to complete this last thread.
After you are done with this side, repeat the entire process from step two to step five for the other side. As you will eventually finish doing so, by then, the piece is done in your hands.
Hope this guide on how to use a bead loom was informative and helpful enough for you to start beading right away.
If you’re a beginner, don’t rush through. It takes a couple of tries to be fluent at anything, right? So keep trying it until you achieve your desired fluency at this. Also, it is essential to be patient as the work itself requires a lot of patience.
So, enjoy your work and best of luck to you.