This section is for anyone who wants to learn Bead Loom Weaving. Now, you might already know something about this branch of beading. If that’s the case, you can find some great tips and tricks here. So, use these to build your skills.
If you have no idea what this branch of beading is all about, then you’re in the right place. I’ve asked guest artist, Caroline French to help you…
What is Bead Loom Weaving?
So, what are we talking about here?
You are hopefully familiar with the idea of a loom? This is a tool that has been used for centuries to weave materials into a fabric.
Traditionally, we might think of a loom for making silk, or cotton, or something similar. So, did you know that you can also make a beaded fabric on a loom?
Well, yes you can! You might be wondering what you would do with a beaded fabric. Well, as you set up the loom, you will be setting up the width of your fabric. So, you can use this to create jewellery, like a bracelet.
The length of work you create can also enable you to make necklaces, earrings or pendants. Plus, you can use techniques for shaping, so you’re not restricted to just making square or rectangular pieces of beadwork.
Aside from jewellery, bead loom weaving is also commonly used to create pictures. Imagine a beaded fabric that you can frame and hang in your home…
So, hopefully that gives you a sense of what you might be able to achieve with the help of all the advice in this section!
Introducing Caroline French
Now, I do possess a bead loom. I have even done some bead loom weaving way, way back when I first started beading. But this is not an area in which I am an expert. So, in order to bring you the best advice, I wanted to call in someone who knows more than me!
I have known Caroline and her work for a few years. In fact, I was able to introduce her to the publisher, Vivebooks, who published Caroline’s book, ‘Modern Bead Loom Weaving’. (You can grab a copy of the book here)
So, when I decided to start putting together a section about this branch of beading, I turned to Caroline for her help. I’m hoping this will help and inspire you, whether you are starting out, or trying to build on your skills.
If that sounds good, then use this link to access the blog series teaching you all about Bead Loom Weaving.