Folding and Layering

Loomwork folds nicely in the horizontal plane. It does not fold in the vertical plane or diagonally. Folding can be very useful for adding strength to the loomwork, and in creating an added dimension. Generally when I fold beadwork back over itself, I glue it together then sew it down as well. When three or more layers are glued and sewn together the work becomes as stiff as plywood. To glue, use E-6000 adhesive, which is quite thick, or similar adhesive. Spread it evenly and fairly thickly on...

Beads On the Warp

If every warp thread will have beads strung on it, the easiest method is to string a quantity of beads on the warp thread before starting to warp the loom. I do this by putting the spool of warp thread on the floor and stringing on about ten feet of beads. This is about as much as can be done without getting tangled up. I then feed on as many as are necessary for each warp as the loom is being warped. If there are many beads on each warp thread, you will probably have to warp in stages of a few...

Planning for Size and Weight of Neckpieces

In designing loomwork in general and neckpieces in particular, the piece must be structured to support the weight of the beads. This is especially true when doing split loom straps that are woven as part of the necklace. If there is too much weight in relation to the size and shape of the piece, either in terms of fringe, large beads incorporated into the piece, or the loomwork itself, then the piece may collapse. The Pastel Peacock neckpiece shown on page 46 needs more loomworked material at...

Designing and Advanced Techniques

I often refer to the design process as the What-ifs and the How-tos. I may say, what if I do this, how will it look, or how do I do this to get the effect I want Most of this discussion on designing will deal with my specialty, neckpieces, but the principles apply to all types of loomwork. Tower Day & Night. 2 x 6. Tower Day & Night. 2 x 6. Each of us possesses a perception of beauty, proportion, and design, and we create beauty in our everyday lives. When...

Embellishment

Adding surface embellishment in the form of beads or other decorative detail is an excellent way to enhance a woven base. This kind of embellishment can become the focus of the piece or may just enhance the design. When enclosing a bar for support, sew the woven material back together following this thread path. Abalone Disk. 6 x 10 plus ties. I or tho most part, surface embellishment will be sewn on but glue can be used if there is no other option. In the case of the necklace shown at right,...

Two Needle Weaving

Jules Kliot of Lads in Berkeley has shown me a method of weaving using two needles. Ttiis method can be used when weaving on a large tapestry loom. The idea is to use a long needle under the warps to pick up the beads, and then once the beads are pushed up into place and checked for color a shorter needle is brought through the beads on top of the warp threads. Thus there are two weft threads, one above and one below the warp. With this method the beader can pick up beads of each color on the...

Warping the Loom

Finishing Bead Loom Selvedge

This does not mean leaving it out in the rain. You will always need one more warp thread than the number of beads wide the project is one bead is placed between each pair of warp threads. If the project ends in a one-bead point, there must be an even number of warp threads to accommodate an odd number of beads. Using a simple overhand loop knot, tie off the warp thread to the screw at one end of the loom. Starting at approximately the center of the loom, string the warp thread over and between...

Bead Trays

Many types of trays and containers may be used to hold working beads. Plastic petrie and other small dishes work very well. The container should be sufficiently wide and shallow to allow you to pick up multiple beads without having them fall back into the container. Many headers simply pour out small piles of beads onto a piece of soft leather or cloth. In this case the small triangular metal scoops available in most bead stores are useful for picking up unused beads. These scoops also make...

What Size Threaded Rod For A Beading Loom

It does not need to be fancy or expensive. All that's required of a loom is that it hold warp threads under consistent tension while you weave. In fact, simplicity rules the less stuff there is on the loom, the easier it is to use. Many looms are adjustable in length to match the size of the piece being woven this saves on the amount of warp thread. I use a loom that sits on a flat surface, but some excellent looms stand vertically or at an angle. Probably no single...

How To Make A Bead Loom

How Make Native American Bead Loom

Time using the lingers to manipulate the bead into place. A needle wasn't needed in either loose warp method. In some instances where double wefts were used the weaver would introduce a full or half twist into the weft thread between each warp. These methods were very time-consuming but created a firm, dense weave. Alternate setup for loose warp weaving. Alternate setup for loose warp weaving. Examples of heddle weaving using yarn and pony beads have been dated to 1740. The heddle was used...