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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Keeping Up With New Design Ideas

I love to be in the "zone', or as they say now-a-days, in the "flow". There are two in the works, for me, right now, bouncing around design ideas as I go.

It is so exciting to start something you have in mind. We all feel this excitement, when that creative idea strikes. So, I am set up in my favorite spot to see where this one takes me.

My other design is on it's way, knowing how it will finish. Carrots will be the head line, but so much more to share yet!
Also, notice weaving on a loom does not necessarily require a straight edge or block. Designing a different edge shape takes a bit of forethought when designing. I also used the E-Loomette (sold in my Etsy Shop or classes) to Wane the Warps.


Pendants are fast and easy to weave. Creating patterns are more enjoyable to, in such a larger shape.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Joining Loom Woven Panels Together, Vertically





Weaving on a loom creates a ‘line by line’ row of selected beads, designing a graphic or image. But it is also necessary to consider the threads, i.e., types, weights, tension and how the thread (weft) lays, during the weaving process.

In this adaptation, “Creating a wider woven panel by zipping two together, vertically.”, it is necessary to consider how the weft is posed, during the weaving process.

Progressing row by row, the weft lays differently on each edge, of each row.

No matter if you are left handed or right handed, the weft ‘progresses’ to the next row of weave and lays diagonal around the outer warp. This is a progression which will be consistent the entire same edge, as the weft is loaded with beads, then placed to weave the next design row, in line. (Shown Right)

The ‘return weave’ is the time your weft is brought up over the opposite outer warp and run back through the same row. This forces the weft to ‘wrap around’ the outer warp, creating a small thread turn. (Shown Right)

Thread turns, (weft around the outer warps), are necessary to consider for a seamless vertical panel connection. Keep this in mind, as you read further details below.

When designing your large bead woven tapestry, cut the total design picture in half. Weave each panel, (considering a further important tip below), so when completed, the two halves will meet with the ‘return weft’ side recreating the entire tapestry design. (Continue reading before you begin designing these two panels.)
To accomplish this proper arrangement, it will be necessary to weave one of the panels “backwards”, or mirror the one panel design. When woven and removed, from the loom, flip the ‘mirrored’ panel over, to realize the total correct pattern.

Depending on whether you weave right handed or left handed, the right or left panel will be mirrored. Right hand weavers recreate the right panel “mirrored”. Left hand weavers, vice-versa.

Noticing the weaving process up close again, it is obvious there is only one warp running between each two beads woven. Therefore, this also must be considered when matching up two panels, recreating one total design. If two panels are matched up directly, after removal from the loom, there will be a definite line of ‘two warps’ running together where the panels match up. This ‘double warp’ line is very obvious and not consistent with the overall weave.

To eliminate the double warp, during the match-up process, design your pattern to add a bead while matching up the two panels. This additional bead will also be part of your final design, but obviously missing during the weaving process. The extra added bead, will eliminate two warps being side-by-side and also be used to absorb the ‘weft return thread’, along both warp edges.

Securely match up the panels, adding the bead to complete the design. While sewing, be sure to only return through each row “above” the existing end warp. Doing so forces the added bead to lay on the same plain as the woven beads. It will also be necessary to sew again on the ‘back’ of the two panels, above the warp on the back. You have now recreated the same weft number and angle, on this added bead, as you did with the rows you originally wove: Two wefts running inside each bead, one above the warp, one below. (Read further to consider the thread turns, while adding this bead.)

Following row by row, while securing the added bead and the two panels, it is very important to consider your thread turns. Turns can be very obvious, if not fully considered.

One way to hide them is to stagger their placement between each row. (Notice the green arcs in the picture on the left.)

Another way to consider these thread turns is to make them in areas similar to the color thread you will be using to secure the panels. If using a white thread, consider turning in areas of white beads. If using a darker thread, consider turning in areas of darker beads. Also, consider to stagger these turns as well.

There are many reasons to consider the weft turns, either to connect panels, or add an ‘off the edge’ design to any cuff or pendant. The weft turns are also important to consider for weaving particular beads and threads. (Much more to discuss!)


Therefore, realize ‘all’ supplies, for weaving on the loom, and how they play out in your final weave, not just the beads being woven.

Friday, August 17, 2018


I really enjoy weaving beads, on a loom. Through my journey I find this stage the most relaxing.

The design creation takes me some thought. I consider every color and finish. This time, however, I am weaving Japanese seed beads, not my stardard Delicas. The palette for seed beads are almost half as many as Delicas. (11/0 beads sizes.) So my colors had to be tested and considered.

Now, I'm able to weave comfortably, getting into the zone I crave. Size and colors worked out, follow a word chart to only count once and use a two weft method of weaving (minimizes the number of weft changes.)

The ideas are swirling for edging and fringe 😉

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Great classes on the horizon! First up, this Smocked Cuff and Split Loom Necklace, in Avon CT, Sept 28-30, 2018. Contact www.socialbeadia.com for details.

Then....Spring Texas, at Spring Beads, Nov 2018. Smocked Class class and an exclusive cuff design, on the E-Loom cuff size. Contact the store for availability.


Saturday, April 29, 2017

One Day Class, 'Texture and E-Loomette'!



Burke Gems and Beads, in Burke VA now has all the 'PRE CLASS' Kits and Instructions. Call the store, 703-425-3366 and mention which kit you would like to weave. Olya mentions she would even mail them to you!! This class is May 13th, 2017, so if you sign up now, there will be two weeks to complete the Pre Class Instruction. Class date is all about 'EDGING' and 'The E-LOOMETTE'.


There are three class project options

TURQUOISE KEY LACE CUFF

LACE IN BLOOM CUFF

LAVENDER KEY LACE CUFF

I will posting my up coming travel schedule, soon! These include new designs. I rarely repeat any project as I like to offer as many new techniques as I can. There are few, like this class, that was such a success, we are repeating.

We will share how to include large drops and beads, along the warps, lifting the design.
The E-Loomette, is instructed for the accent petals, in the 'Lace in Bloom Cuff".
(Small looms used to weave accents, earrings and pendants,
also instructing a different form of warp management)
There are a few E-Loomettes left over from classes, 
which are posted in my Etsy Shop, until they are gone.
I also listed a few cuff looms.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Two Day Beginner Bead Loom Class, in Media PA!


I am very very excited to share the news that my looms, and I, are traveling again! 

This time to "Blue Santa Beads", in PA.

I'll be teaching a "Two Day Beginner Bead Loom Class" on July 15th and 16th, 2017
The class project is still underway, so I will share later. Howerver, this will be a quaint class of 15 Students.
Call them 610-892-240 or email bluesantabeads@aol.com as soon as possible! My two classes tend to sell out quickly, as they have already in my confirmed classes up until March 2017. 

This intimate size class will allow more 'one on one'. 
I adore these 'Bead Loom Festivals" also known as "Classes"! :D   

Thursday, October 27, 2016

"Friends to the Bitter End" Bead Loom Class, in Spring Texas!

I am finalizing kits, for my upcoming classes and find I failed to share this cuff, in the last posts/announcements.



"Friends to the Bitter End"
is another, of the many offerings, to my class at Spring Beads, in Spring Texas,
Nov 12 & 13, 2016.


Four options for one, two day class, is new to me and I can't wait to get it underway! 
Contact them via the web, www.springbeads.com or call (281) 288-9116 
if you would like to discuss reservations. 
I am not sure of the class size, right this minute, 
but I do know they have a lovely, large, well stocked, bead store/studio. 
I can't wait to meet them!