How to Bead on a Loom Pattern

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A variety of patterns are available for loom beading.
A variety of patterns are available for loom beading. (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Using a pattern to create a beaded piece, either on loom or off, is relatively easy. The step-by-step, bead-by-bead guide tells you exactly where to put each bead and how to secure it. Making an on-loom beaded project allows you to quickly finish your piece using a design created for you. Deciding on a pattern is the most difficult part of the project. From Native American to cultural to scenic pictures, each pattern has been created to make the most of the loom beading process

Things You'll Need

  • Beading pattern
  • Beads
  • Beading loom
  • Beading needle
  • Scissors
  • Beading thread

Thread the loom according to the loom's directions. You will need to string one more thread or warp than is required for the pattern. The pattern thread count can be easily verified by counting the number of beads in the longest row. For example, if your pattern has points that extend past the majority of the work, count the number of beads in this row and add one thread to that count.

Cut a piece of thread approximately 24 inches long. Tie this thread onto the outside warp thread strung on the loom. Insert the thread into the beading needle and pull through so that you have a 6-inch tail.

Weave the needle in and out of the warp threads and pull the thread through. Reverse the needle and return to the starting point, weaving in and out of the opposite warp threads. When you reach the start, pull the thread through. This will provide an anchor to your work.

Thread the beads onto your needle according to the pattern and push them down until the rest on the thread. Place the thread under the warp threads on the loom and bring it up against the threads, making sure that one bead is between each thread. Pull the thread completely through.

Bring the needle up over the last warp thread and push through the beads, making sure that the needle stays on the top of the warp threads. Once you reach the starting point, pull the thread through. This will lock the beads into place on the loom. Continue in this manner according to the pattern until the project is complete. Remove the piece from the loom following the pattern directions.

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