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Video:How to Bead on a Loom

with Mark Finguerra

Using a loom to make beadwork might look complicated, but we can help you figure it out. This About.com video will teach you how to bead on a loom.See Transcript

Transcript:How to Bead on a Loom

Hi, this is Jolene Star from Bazaar Star Beadery in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and I'm here with About.com, and today, we're going to be showing you how to bead on a loom.

Threading the Bead Loom

Make sure that your nylon thread is very strong. We're going to take our thread, and we're actually going to tie it on. The next thing you're going to do is you're going to take your bobbin and come around the back. Now, depending on how wide you want your loom, you're going to check out how many springs you're going to cover.

What we're going to do is we're going to come down around the front of the loom, back around the back, and then we're going to wrap our thread around the bar in the back of the loom, and then come back up through the top of the loom and place our second string in the coil next to the original thread.We're going to wrap our string around one more time and cut off our bobbin. We're going to take this extra string here, and we're going to tie it onto our last thread. 

Beginning the Beading Process

Now we're set up, and we're ready to begin weaving on our bead loom. The first step is that we're going to cut a piece of string about arm's length. We're going to take the end of our string, and we're going to tie it on to the first bead string on your bead loom, and we're going to do it one more time. We're going to take five beads. We're going to take our beads, and we're going to place them inside each of the strings. 

Continuing to Weave on a Bead Loom

So, the next step is you're going to take your needle, and you're going to pass it through the back side of the beads so that your thread actually wraps around your loom. For extra security, you can now tie your original thread to the thread that you're already using. We're going to run our needle back through our five beads and make sure that the needle with your thread wraps around the outside of your last thread on your loom.

We're going to take our beads - our five beads - and we're going to place them inside of the threads that are on your loom. So, they're going to sit right on top of the first row like this. Then the next thing we're going to do is we're going to take our needle, and we're going to pass it around the back side of the loom going around the last thread and through the beads. We're going to continue this process until we create the desired length that we are going for. 

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