After the holidays are done and things have calmed down, try something new. Bead looming just might be the thing to relax and try in January. You don’t need a fancy, expensive loom – you can even make one yourself. Let me know if you try and how it goes.
One annoying thing about using bead looms is the long lengths of warp threads which have to be dealt with after the piece is finished. However, this utterly brilliant tutorial by Kathy Kotinsky eliminates that problem. You’ll see that the warp threads just wraps around the removable knitting needles. You’ll need Google Translate as it is in Russian.
As you probably know, the usual method of bead looming is to tie a length of weft to the edge warp then load your beads, and pass through them from the top. That’s how I started, and the only way I knew. Until someone introduced me to the two needle method.
Loom patterns consists of different squares. Each square represents a different bead. A tip is to Color each square with the color beads you want to use. This prevents confusing on figuring out with which colored bead comes next. First I searched the Internet for a design pattern that I liked. The one I am using is a Sioux Tribe design which is a part of my heritage.You can buy a loom at any craft store, or you can even make one!
The reason I bought the loom is that I saw a YouTube video about the loom and I liked that you ended up with only two threads to weave in at the end. My old loom left many threads to deal with and that can be a real pain!