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, the large abalone disk is glued on using E-6000 adhesive.

Bars, Tubes, and Rods

Insufficient structural strength can sometimes be remedied by hanging the woven work from a support. This is an excellent method of supporting the weight of a large bead, or for supporting a woven structure with no inherent strength of its own. Pages 48 through 51 show several ways this technique can be used.

When enclosing a bar or tube for support, I sew the woven material together around the bar or tube using the stitch outlined below.

When enclosing a bar for support, sew the woven material back together following this thread path.

Abalone Disk. 6 " x 10" plus ties.

In pieces such as those shown on pages 48 and 65, the straps are woven separately from the pendant. After they are sewn around the support rod they must be sewn together and the opening at the end of the rod must be closed with a bead to keep the rod from coming out.

Open Weave

Creating open weave on the loom is quite simple and adaptable for a variety of projects. Before you start to set up the loom

To create an open weave, determine the size of the openings and pre-string the warps with the appropriate number of beads. Then warp the loom leaving the appropriate amount of space between each warp thread.

r Weave one line with desired number of beads

between each warp thread.

Pull down the appropriate number of beads on the warp threads and weave a row.

Pass back through the work to connect each vertical clement to the weft rows.

You may embellish the open squares while the work is still on the loom or once it has been removed.

you must determine the size of the project and the size of the openings in the project.

For example, I am doing a rectangle that is 5'// long and 2" wide and has V openings. I am using Delica heads. This means I will have a piece 22 squares long and 8 squares wide, each with 5 beads to the side. All of the beads forming the vertical portions of the squares will be strung on the warp thread before the loom is warped. Thus I will string 9 verticals of 5 beads times 22 squares or I 10 beads per line for a total of 990 beads. I recommend putting extra beads on each line in case you change your mind or miscount.

Warp the loom leaving a space between each warp thread equal to the width of the square, in this case 5 beads. Each warp will have I 10+ beads on it. When the warping is completed, slide all the beads to the end of the loom that you will be working toward. Weave one line putting 5 beads between each warp thread.

Pull down 5 beads on each warp thread. Pass the needle up through the 5 beads on the near outside warp thread and weave a row across. When the second row is complete you will go back through the work to connect each vertical element to the weft rows.

Continue in this manner until the weaving is completed. Now the piece can be cut from the loom and all the loose warp and weft threads can be sewn in by knotting at the junctions and sewing in the thread ends in the regular way.

Embellishments in the form of beads can be added within each square while the piece is on the loom or after it has been finished.

Other Methods of Interest

Here are some interesting variations of beading on a loom. These are not methods that I use, hut ones I find interesting and I present them for your consideration.

Four Selvedge Loomwork

This technique is based on ancient Peruvian and Navajo weaving techniques, and was originally conceived by Phylis Morrison of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Theresa Guthrie, a student of Phylis's has developed the method that she calls the "No Warps!" technique. With this technique you

Bead Loom Construction
For Theresa Guthrie's "No Warps!" technique, construct a loom of a sturdy four-sided object.

avoid the step of weaving in all those loose warp ends.

A loom can be constructed of almost any sturdy four-sided object, such as a picture frame. Combine this with a few sticks, cardboard, lacing, needles, thread, and beads and you are ready to go.

The "No Warps!" technique is useful for weaving small projects such as bracelets, trims, and pendants. With experience you might do large projects such as tapestries. The actual weaving on this type of loom is done using basic weaving techniques and methods. Theresa offers workshops on her method and continues to develop the technique.

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  • pupa
    How to embellish bead weaving?
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