If you own a bead loom, you can use a variety of methods to create beaded items with it. Bead looms create many types of woven art, from bracelets to wall hangings.
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Things you need
- Bead loom
- Beading needle
- Self-adhesive felt fabric
Wrap your bead loom. Wrap a length of string or thread horizontally around the loom, fitting the ends of the wraps into the grooves in the loom. If the loom doesn't have grooves, try to keep an even spacing between the wraps. The wrapped threads are known as the warp threads, and they hold the beads in place. If they're too tight, they twang like guitar strings; if they're too loose, they slump or slide around. Wrap your warp threads so that you have one more thread than the number of beads in a row of your pattern.
Cut an additional length of thread approximately 36 inches long. This will be your weft thread, which guides the beads into position and holds them in the loom. Tie the weft thread to the outside left warp thread, near the top, leaving a 6-inch tail. Loop the loose end of this thread onto a beading needle.
String your beads onto the needle, following your pattern from left to right as you string. When you have strung all of the beads for one row, pass the beading needle under all of the warp threads on the loom, from left to right.
Push the beads into the right position. They should rest between the warp threads on your loom, pushed up to the top of the loom as far as they will go. Pass the weft thread back over the top of the warp threads and through the centre holes in the beads to help hold the beads in place.
Repeat steps 1 through 4 until you have finished all of the rows of your weaving pattern. Remove the beads from your loom. To do this, place a piece of tape on top of the warp threads and underneath them on either end of the beaded pattern, to sandwich the warp threads between the strips of tape. Cut the warp threads to remove the beads from the loom, and fold the taped threads behind the weaving. Use a strip of self-adhesive felt to attach to the back of the weaving. This will support your woven pattern and also hide the taped warp threads.
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