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Loom Weaving

Extract from Craft • By DK Publishing • Published by DK Books

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Time
50 mins

Craft
Loom-woven beads produce a flat band of beads. You’ll need one warp thread more than the number of beads in a row. Create designs by following beading charts drawn on graph paper, with each square representing a bead. Sew the weaving to a band of soft leather or imitation leather to make into a cuff or choker, and fasten with ribbon.

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  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 1
    Step 1

    Preparing the loom

    Cut warp threads at least 30cm (12in) longer than the intended length of the weaving. Knot the threads together at one end. Divide the bundle in half and slip the knot under the nail on one of the rollers.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 2
    Step 2

    With the threads taut, turn the roller until they extend 15cm (6in) beyond the second roller. Tighten the wing nut to hold the roller in place. Place one thread in each groove of the spring.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 3
    Step 3

    Knot the other ends of the warp threads and slip the knot under the nail on the second roller. Loosen the wing nut of this roller and wind the roller to take up the slack. Tighten the wing nut.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 4
    Step 4

    Sit the threads in the grooves of the second roller, separating the threads with a needle. Tighten the tension again if necessary by loosening the wing nut, turning the second roller, and tightening the wing nut again. The threads should be taut.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 5
    Step 5

    Loom weaving

    Thread a long length of thread onto a long beading needle: this will be the weft thread. Tie the weft thread to one outer warp thread close to the second roller, leaving a trailing end 15cm (6in) long.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 6
    Step 6

    Using the beading needle, thread on beads for the first row. Refer to a chart if beading a specific design. There are six warp threads here, so thread on five beads.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 7
    Step 7

    Slip the beads along the weft thread, position the thread at right angles under the warp threads, then press the beads up between the warp threads with a finger.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 8
    Step 8

    To secure the first row, take the needle back through the beads, making sure that it passes above the warp threads. Pick up the next row of beads and repeat.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 9
    Step 9

    Adding a new weft thread

    When the weft thread
    starts to run out, weave it back through a few rows of beads. Tie a new long weft thread to an outer warp thread, leaving a 15cm (6in) trailing end. Continue adding beads and weaving as before.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 10
    Step 10

    Reaching the first roller

    When you reach the first roller, loosen the tension on both rollers. Roll the weaving onto the first roller, tighten the tension, and continue weaving until the weaving
    is the required length.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 11
    Step 11

    Finishing the sides and ends

    Loosen the tension on the rollers and remove the work. Weave the trailing
    ends of the weft threads back into the work by inserting the thread on a needle in and out of a few rows of beads. Cut off the excess threads close to the weaving.

  • How to make a techniques. Loom Weaving - Step 12
    Step 12

    With a short beading needle, weave each warp thread back through the
    work, weaving them over and under the weft threads. Cut off the excess threads close to the weaving.

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