Loo M Work

Loom work basics

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Set up the warp

[1 ] Tic the end of the spool or thread to the screw or hook at ihe top of the loom.

[2] Bring the thread over one spring and across to the spring at the other end of the loom. Wrap the thread around the screw or hook at the bottom of the loom. Bring the thread back over the springs, going toward the top of the loom.

[3] Continue wrapping the thread between springs, keeping the threads a bead's width apart, until you have one more warp thread than the number of beads in the width of the pattern «figure 1). Keep the tension even, but no: too tight. Secure the last warp thread to a hook or screw on the loom, then cut the thread from the spool.

Weave the pattern

[1 ] Tie the end of a length of thread to the first warp thread just Mow the spring at the top of the loom. Bring the needle under the warp threads. String the first row of beads as shown on the pattern, and slide them to the knot (figure 2).

[2] Push the beads up between the warp threads with your finger ¡figure 3).

[3] Sew back through the beads, keeping the needle above the warp threads ; figuro 4i. Repeat, following the pattern row by row.

[4] Once you complete the last row. secure the working thread by weaving it into the beadwork.

Paisley choker

Connect a cbth of beads with a bead-embroidered centerpiece by Dina Krieg

You'll love the sensuous feel of this loomwork choker with a bead embroidered centerpiece. Use the same colors as shown in the choker above or adapt the pattern to your own colors.

After weaving the strips, embroider the beaded centerpiece. Then join the three pieces, positioning the loom-work strips so they mirror each other, line the entire piece with Ultrasuede, and attach a hook-and-eye clasp.


If your loom is long enough, you can weave both pieces on the same set of warp threads. Hut if you're using a smaller loom, you'll need to warp it separately for each piece. The two woven pieces arc each 6% by lXt in. (16 x 3.8cm). You'll need a loom that can accommodate a warp at least 10 in. (25cm) long. To weave both pieces on one warp, the warp will need to be at least 24 in. (61cm) long.

[1] Set up your loom with 27 warp threads (Loomwork Basics, p. 66).

[2] Cut a 2-3-yd. (l.8-2.7m) length of black Nymo B and thread it in a

Big Eye needle. Tie the end of the thread to the leftmost warp thread near one of the spring separators with the first half of a square knot (Basics, p. 5). leaving an 18-in. (46cm; tail. You'll untie the knot and weave in the tail thread later.

[3] hollow the chart on p. 69 to work the first loomed piccc. To start, pick up the 26 beads of the first row from left to right. Pass the needle and thread under the warp threads, and position the beads so that one sits between each pair of warp threads.

If you are left-handed, tie onto the right-hand warp thread, string from right to left, and weave back from left to right. Push up on the beads from Mow with rhe index finger of your non-dominant hand (photo a).

Pass the needle through the beads above the warp threads from right to left. Look for the glint of the needle above each warp thread to ensure that you arc above the warps I photo b). Be careful not to split threads.

[4] Weave all the rows of the pattern as in step 3. Always string from left to right on the chart.


[1] Cut one piece each of I Kiev's Stiff Stuff and Ultra suede approximately IK x 2 in. (3.8 x 5cm). Baste the edges together. Mark a rectangle 18mm by 25mm (slightly smaller than X x 1 in.) on the center of the Ultrasucde. (Baste around this area with white thread so you can see it well.) Start filling in the rectangle with 3mm faceted beads. Start at the perimeter, sewing just inside the basted lines photo cl. Work in a circle toward the center. Do not crowd the beads too closely together or the backing will buckle. You want the piece to lie flat with the beads touching.

[2] When the area is filled in. alternate filling in the spaces between the 3mm beads with size 12V and 9V three cut seed beads (photo d—green beads are used for clarity). Do not pull too tightly. If the seed beads don't fit between the 3mm beads, just let them sit on top of the beads. Make sure the thread doesn't show. Fill in the area randomly, working in different directions. You will now have three levels of randomly-placed beads of different si/.es.

[3] Remove the basting thread and outline the perimeter with size 8

hex beads, using three-bead backstitch as follows: pickup three beads and sew through the Ultrasucde right after the third bead. Come back up between the second and third heads, go through the third bead, and pick up three more beads (photo e). Repeat around.

[4] Trim the Ultrasucde close to the beads, taking care not to cut any of the threads used to sew the beads in place.


[1] Sew the loomed pieces to the centerpiece Ultrasucde and backing I photo f). Make sure the loomed pieces lie in a straight line.

[2] Now cut a single length of Ultrasucde the width of the loomed pieces and long enough to fit around your neck plus 1-2'/' in. > i-S.6cm).

[3] Position the Ultrasucde so it's even with the loomwork strip on one end and extends past the end of the other loomwork strip.

{4J Glue the Ultrasucde to the back of the centerpiece with K6U00.

[5] Make another strip like the first.

[6] Before removing the loom work, weave the ending thread tail over and under alternating warp threads for 15-20 rows. This part will look like woven cloth. Secure the tail in the woven selvage with a few knots and trim. Then untie the starting knot and weave the starting tail like the ending tail.

[7] Wrap first-aid paper tape around both sides of the woven selvages so that they are slightly narrower than the beadwoven section. 1 his makes a nice crisp edge to fold back under the weaving. Set the woven pieces aside.

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[5] I land sew the loomwork to the Ultrasuede on all edges (photo g). Curve the piece very slightly while stitching so it will not buckle when worn.

[6] On the end with the excess Ultrasuede. fold the Ultrasuede back on itself so it is even with the edge of the loomwork (photo h). It should extend 1-1 'A in. (2.5-.kml.

[7] Tesr the lit of the necklace, and determine approximately where the hook-and-eye closures should be placed. Sew the eyes in place on one end of the choker, then sew the hooks on the other end so the piece fits your neck perfectly o


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