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Bead Loom Instructions

Updated on September 24, 2011

Loom Beading

For many years native americans have used, and still use loom beading for decorating their clothes and regalias for dancing. Many people have caught on to this art as a hobby, and there is no limits to the possibilities of what you can do with this technique. Here is how you do it.

Getting Started

Once you have the bead loom set up with all the threads, it will look much like the picture below. These threads that run across the loom are known as "warp threads". The number of threads needed depends on how many beads in a row that your pattern calls for. If your pattern has 10 beads in a row, you would need 11 warp threads.

Step One

The first thing you will need to do is thread your needle. A lot of people will tell you different lengths to use, and none are are wrong. It is more of a preference, and for me i like to use a fairly long piece of thread so i don't have to weave in a lot of ends. So i usually cut a piece at least the length of both my arms stretched out, sometimes longer. Doing this increases your chances of getting your thread tangled and knotted however.

Next step is attaching your thread to the bottom warp thread on the left side of your loom. Tie a knot, double if you want, but leave a tail at the end of your thread so you can weave it in later and it will not be noticeable. You should use a white nylon thread. It is very strong and can't be broken with your hands. At least i can't anyway. In the following pictures the warp thread, and the thread on the needle will be different colors, but this is only to better show you how the steps are done.

Step Two

So your pattern calls for 10 bead in a row, you have 11 warp threads, you are now ready to start. Put all ten beads on your needle and slide them down to the end of the thread where the knot is. You will take your needle under the warp threads and place a bead in between each warp thread. You can hold them in place with your index finger, but sometimes if you have a good fit they will stay put.

Step Three

So once you have your beads in place between the warp threads, you need to make them stay there permanently. To do this you simply take your needle through each bead, always keeping the needle above the warp thread, like the illustration shows below.

Step Four

Repeat steps two and three until you have completed your pattern or desired length. When you come to the end of your thread, you simply run the remaining piece of thread back up through previous rows. The same goes for the piece of thread you left at beginning, just run it through a few rows. When all is done you will end up with a finished piece like this.


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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Great instructions!

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      Evie 5 years ago

      How do you add more thread to a project I'm progress on a beading loom

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      MarleneWheeler 5 years ago

      Love your simple instructions. I purchased a loom that had instructions written in German, I'm a knitter and I don't speak German, so naturally I put the loom aside; but after reading your hub I think I going to blow the cobwebs off and give this another try.

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      luann 6 years ago

      what do you do with the ends (the warp threads)?

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      fashion 6 years ago

      very nice and informative post...thanx for sharing.

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      Jamie 6 years ago

      Very nice instructions! My 8 year old daughter just finished her first loom strip and wants to make it into a bracelet. I can't find any directions on how to do that. I've googled Mounting Loomwork and several variations thereof and come up with very little. Can you point me in the right direction?

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      Teressa 7 years ago

      What stops the threads from coming back undone if they aren't knotted?

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      Barbara Bethard 7 years ago from Tucson, Az

      wonderful instructions!!! I used to do a lot of beading but preferred applique or lazy stitch directly onto the leather...this makes me want to get a loom!! great article!! love to you bb

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What a great hub! I am so interested. I studied bead making when I was teaching is S. Korea. I had the most amazing teacher. Now I'd like to learn how to use a loom.

      Thanks so much. I'll bookmark this and share with my beading partner - we'll have fun! Good clean fun!

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      Amy 7 years ago

      Great job on these instructions. Graphics were great also. Very easy to understand. Thanks

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      peter mastracchio 8 years ago

      I am loving my BeadZu Loom. I am just having some difficulty when I finish a project and go to remove the piece from the loom. Could someone give me detailed instructions on how to do this task correctly.

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      Night Writer 9 years ago from Canada

      Your Welcome! Thanks for dropping by :)

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      Lac 9 years ago

      This is a great HUB. Very few people can distill instructions down to the fundamentals! Thanks a bunch!!!

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      Night Writer 9 years ago from Canada

      Thanks so much! I just used microsoft paint. It was nothing more than the process of creating one bead, then copy and pasting several more. you can use your paint bucket fill tool to change colors. If you have windows, you have it to. if you are familiar with photoshop, you can make more realistic looking beads. i am just learning to do that now. I have some hubs in the works too for free patterns. When i publish my hubs, i will be more than glad to link to any designs you have made as well.

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      reviews by jan 9 years ago from British Columbia

      such wonderful clear instructions. I referrenced your hub to one of my beading hubs that talks about beading with a loom. I love beading with looms and beading in general. How did you make your pictures? I want to create loom designs and put them on hubs, could you share how you did that? thanks so much - great hub, Jan

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Great HUB

      regards Zsuzsy

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      Night Writer 9 years ago from Canada

      Your very welcome. I am glad it helped you. If you ever need help give me a shout. Be careful though, beading is very addicting lol.

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      Maggie 9 years ago

      I have looked all over the web and could not figure out how to use this loom until I found your site. THANK YOU for posting pics with the very clear instructions! My daughter got one for Christmas and misplaced the instructions before we could figure it out! Whew!