When I started bead weaving a couple years ago, I completely avoided any designs that involved a loom.
The tools looked complicated and intimidating and the designs appeared to be boring and simplistic.
Then my son got me a Little Ricky beading loom for Christmas.
After playing with it for the past couple weeks, I’ve found not only is it an easy device to use, but the design possibilities go beyond gridded patterns to include all different kinds of beads, textiles and fibers for amazing textural effects.
More on all those possibilities in upcoming posts and videos.
In today’s video I’ll show several options for beading looms, how to set up the Little Ricky loom and give the basics for bead weaving.
Be sure to watch for my post next week, when I’ll go through a bead weaving bracelet from start to finish, including how to plan your own designs and how to make it without a loom.
Tools and Materials:
- Little Ricky Loom
- Nymo thread
- S-lon cord
- 8/0 seed beads
- Flocked bead board trays
- Tulip beading needles
- Silk beading thread
- Tila beads
- Czech fire polish beads
Video Tutorials and Inspiration:
- Quadruple wrap bracelet
- Crimson Waves bracelet
- Loom beading Pinterest board
- Loom pattern with snowflake
- Loom pattern with fire polish & 11/0s
- Loom pattern with fiber, tilas & fire polish
- A Primer on Beads and Closures for Looming
- Homemade loom tutorial
- Several amazing free PDFs with fiber and bead weaving tutorials
- Interesting article bout nylon beading cord
Enjoy the video and happy creating!