Hi, I thought it was time I gave you a little update on how I am getting on with my homemade loom, I have been busy!
Since starting using the loom, I thought I ought to do a little research about it, as I kind of just dove straight in with it, without really knowing much about it. I am amazed how many books there are on the subject and how many ‘free’ patterns there are available on the web. Not that I want to copy any of them, but it made me realise how much design potential there is.
I also came across a couple of bits of terminology ‘Warps’ and ‘Wefts’ I discovered that ‘Warp’ threads are the threads that are secured to the loom and the ‘Wefts’ are the threads that you weave with, ie the working threads on the needle you apply the beads with. Better than me calling them the down and across threads I suppose!
At the moment I am only working with 5 row and 3 row bracelet designs, using only beads and supplies in my ‘stash’. However, I am now starting to run out of some items, but it has been fun thinking creatively with what I do have, ie. an assortment of odd beads, waxed cord, 1mm leather cord and suede cords. I must say the suede has created some of my favourite designs so far.
Here are a few pictures I thought I would share with you.
I tried to make the one above look a bit like a daisy!
With this one I attempted an ‘arrow’ design.
This one I made for a friends daughter, who has a very tiny wrist!
This is a 3 row beaded cuff made using black leather cord and some turquoise semi precious gemstones I had left.
This one was made on brown leather cord and some ivory and gold glass pearls.
With this one I thought I would have a go at including a larger bead (Hematite donut) and beading around it. This is also on black leather.
I ran out of black waxed cord so I thought I would see how it would look on brown with this one.
This was my first attempt at making a 3 row beaded cuff and I loved it, but then I did a very stupid thing and dropped it on my hard tiled kitchen floor and broke one of the seed beads, you can probably just make out the small gap at the back. As I couldn’t bring myself to take it apart and make it again, I’m going to keep this one all for myself.
The first 3 row cuff I made using the suede cord. I just love the colour of this one.
With this one I thought I would experiment with totally different beads and used some amethyst chips I had left in my stash. I do love how they stand out from the rest of the cuff but it is still very comfy to wear.
Similar to the amethyst chips but this one was made using Peach Aventurine chips. This will look great in summer.
Blue and white beads on black suede cord really makes this one stand out, I think this will look great with Jeans in winter or Summer.
Another ‘summery’ design on beige suede cord, with orange, blue and white seed beads.
I hope you like them, I will add more as and when I make them.