VISUAL BEAD STEPS
WARPING THE BEAD LOOM
Step one: Tie your thread in a loop and wrap it around the first nail on your left. Run your thread to the other end of the loom and wrap it around a nail. Bring your thread back towards you and wrap it around the front nail. Continue doing this until you reach the desired number of threads need for your project. PLEASE NOTE: If your project is 12 beads wide you will need 13 warp threads. Always one more thread than beads!
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This is what your bead loom will look like after you have warped your loom.
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Beginning to Bead
Cut a long piece of thread & Thread your beading needle. Weave at least two rows of thread over and under your warp threads to start. (View 3 shown belo) shows you how to weave your thread over and under. Weaving your thread over and under will give you a base to set the first row of beads on.
Begin beading by putting the desired number of beads on your needle. Bring your beads under your beadwork and space one bead between each warp thread.
PLEASE NOTE: I used size 8 seed beads in the photo below to give you a better view. DO NOT skip every other warp thread slot unless you are beading with larger seed beads such asthe size 8 seed beads shown below.
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Bring your beading needle back through the top of your beads. NOTE: Make sure your threads in on the top of the beads. If not your beads will sag below leaving the warp threads showing. If you miss the top threads and it is several rows back, run another piece of thread through the top of your beadwork rather than tear all of the beadwork out.
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Finishing your work
Weave 2-3 rows of thread over and under as you did in the beginning of your beadwork. Run your thread halfway through your last row of beads and leave the thread hanging under your beadwork. At this point, use your imagination! After I have finished my bead project I trim each thread close to the beads on the under side. Take a toothpick and put a dab of blue on each and every thread. This really helps keep the beadwork together. Do be careful though if you will be sewing your beadwork on to something.!
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