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'Bead Looming Confidential'
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I am putting together my notes, so I can include a lot of my personal techniques and tips, about looming, (I have experienced, explored and tested), in a book. It will be exciting to share many new things about 'Bead Looming', and I will include all the information, from my personal journal titled, 'Bead Looming Confidential'. I have decided to title my book, "A Bead Looming Intervention". This is how I feel about offering looming techniques. Too many have tried it and became frustrated with the outcome or finishing off the warp threads. This beading technique, strongly needs an 'Intervention'!
You will notice additions and changes to this page, from time to time. We may 'never find the end of the internet', but can we find the end of 'frustration over dealing with the warp strings'!

Erin Simonetti
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"No part of this site is to be reproduced for sale, or otherwise, without the prior written permission of the artist."


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I share my looming thoughts frequently on my Blog,
"A Bead Looming Intervention"
The right 'Intervention' can help,
so commenting, on my blog posts, will help us all learn more about bead looming!

Lotus Split Loomed Necklace

The Weighted Warp Method©
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I have been working on some unique ideas and have realized how to create scalloped edging on my loomed pieces, as well as including some decorative stitches through out the center of my looming. Warp Weights are attached to one end of the warps, keeping the tension, for looming, by being attached to weights. The other end is secured to the loom, as with any looming.

The freedom an unattached warp can give, is beyond many loomed design techniques available today. I am beginning my looming, as I would with any flat looming and these warps are helping me stay true to form. I'll be working further on this SLN and include some creative designs that movable warps can allow.

The warp weights I use, shown in the picture above, are exclusively available from a wonderful Lamp Work Glass Artist, Venessa Hearn. These can be ordered through her website, www.beadupastorm.com She makes such gorgeous warp weights that you feel like you have given your loom some jewelry to wear, as you loom. They are wonderful to see and work fantastically!
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Lotus SLN

Lotus SLN, with Layers!
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This Split Loomed Necklace will have many facets. The initial pattern is well underway and I am now hand weaving portions to create a 3D look or construction. The warp weights are still held in place, as I will be putting them to work, further down the design ladder.
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Braided Cuff completed with The Weighted Warp Method©

Weighted Warps Allow More Creative Edges!
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Many times I have been told, "Looming is not as creative as hand weaving. The edges are always straight." I am here to show that looming can offer many creative edges and finishes. The Weighted Warp Method©, I have created, is perfect for looming many designs that may require a wavy edge, or even some holes in the center of the looming! I'll be sharing more of these creative ideas, with other loomed creations I post, either here on my web site and in my Blog.

The examples shown above, are all loomed on a 16" Mirrix Loom. This is a 'wonderful' loom!

I have consider a purchase, for quite sometime because I know there are many great things about the Mirrix. The sturdiness, adjustable length, creative techniques can be carried out so effortlessly, the loom can handle bead looming with a heddle or tension looming and more. [Heddle looming is good for large loomings or small hole beads. This method works with 'two warp threads per row and one weft thread. Tension looming can also be used for large loomings, but there is only one weft thread per row and two weft threads running threw the beads.)

I own just about every loom on the market, and use my own 'custom built loom' for many of my creations, but not every loom is perfect for every bead looming you want to design! So make your 'loom selection' by knowing what type of looming you will be doing. Be sure the 'loom table' is the correct size of your finished piece, i.e., belts loomed on belt looms and cuffs on smaller looms. Decide if you prefer to loom in a vertical or horizontal fashion. Make sure the loom frame is sturdy and your warps can be attached securely. Start with a loom you can afford, to see if you like this technique of beading. Then work your way up to a loom that will suit your creativity.


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"Proper Tension is the 'First Importance' to consider!"
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Warps in relaxed position, on loom

"Checking the Warps!"
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After stringing the loom, with every pass having extra tension, double check your warps, for the proper 'bounce back'. The picture above, shows the actual measurement,
from 'warps to loom base' or
"Warps in the Relaxed Position".
 

Warps with Proper Tension

When I apply pressure to the warps, the second picture shows how much 'bounce back' would be correct. If you find there is more 'bounce back', restring the loom. Too much means there is not enough tension to acquire the necessary traits for a proper looming. The second picture shows the "Warps with Proper Tension".
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"Zebra Tension!"
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The 'zebra stripes' are caused by the warps being strung 'too taught'.
This is what I call 'Zebra Tension'. You notice the beads are 'leaning' from the tension, causing the light to play off the bead, differently, causing a 'striped' design. Release the tension, when you notice this happening, depending on the type of loom you are using. If your loom won't allow it, I suggest starting over with proper 'warp tension'.

Leaving the looming with this much tension, causes the finished beading to 'ripple', after being cut, from the loom. When the warps are cut, keeping the 'overly taught warp tension', the warp strings will 'shrink', forcing the beads to bulk over each other. This is hard to straighten, especially if you happened to have 'picked up' a sliver of a warp while running your needle/weft.

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My "E-Decrease Method"!
Not pictured on my web site, at this time, but soon, is my 'E-Decrease Method'. This method will take you far enough, where you will only deal with a minimal number of warp strings. The finalization, of the left over warp strings, is another Method I hope to share.

Every technique I created, varies in use, depending on how your piece is to be finished, i.e., fringes, no fringing, etc. For years, I have been keeping a 'personal journel' titled "Bead Looming Confidential". This method of finishing the warps, 'The E-Decrease Method' is one of many techniques that are secure and easy to accomplish. My drive was to create means of 'not getting overwhelmed' with warp strings!!

I will add a few more techniques, from my journel, but look forward to including 'all' of them in a book!
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 "Use Your Loom to Hold Your Work!"
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If you use a sturdy warp thread,
for the outer most warp, on each side,
you can be very creative,
in how you complete your piece.
Details of this method, again,
are something I want to include in a book,
but can suggest that you are
able to be more 'creative',
with the finishing of your loomed work,
then just a 'fringe'.
This sample is the 'snow', from my
'Seasoned Beads: WINTER' 'Picture This' cuff.
I hand wove a 'brick stitch' snow shelf,
using Toho Permanent, metallic,
11/0, glass seed beads.
 

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 "Each Bead Color Needs ;The Other Bead Color'!"
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You may been reading, throughout my website, the number of colors I use to create my patterns. This can be considered, 'extreme beading'! I like making use of the colors. I am always ordering more 11/0 Delicas colors, in particular, because of the number of different color and finishes they offer. These selections give me the wide array, for good depth and dimension, in my bead paintings.    

 "Strengthen The Edges!"
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I talked about the 'edging' and how using a strong end warp is beneficial, here is the example of that. My outer most warp, on each side, is a different thread then the center warps. The loomed beads will hold themselves together throughout the looming, so I reinforce the end warps. This is also a more affordable means to warp your loom, as opposed to using a more expensive, durable thread throughout the warps! If you prefer to use only 'one kind of thread', double the outer two warps strings!

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Using The Wrong Color Warp Thread

"Warp Thread Color is Important"
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Selecting the proper color, for your loomed work, is as important as selecting the bead colors. Dark looming requires a dark warp or the warp threads will show up in the finished piece. To make the lighter beads 'pop', use a light weft thread. It is very rare that I would use the same color thread, for my warps and wefts,
in any given creation.
I go deep into warp and weft color choices, in my Blog. Be sure to visit and read in depth how the Weft Thread is the Color Boss, but the Warp Thread is selected by the overall pattern color you are looming.
 

Using the Correct Color Warp Thread

Calculate How Many Delicas Are Needed

"Be sure to calculate how many Delicas you'll need"
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Another reason I prefer to buy and loom with Delicas, is more can be ordered if needed, should I under estimate how many, of a given color, I'll need. Using beads purchased in a discount bin, or even using Antique/Vintage beads, I suggest calculating how many beads you'll need to complete a piece. This equation will also be helpful to determine a 'bead cost'.

I base my bead supply and cost, of the beads used, this way: There are approximately 175 to 200 beads in one gram of Delica Beads, depending on the color of the bead. There are approximately 17-22 Delica beads per linear inch. One square inch of flat woven beads would be approximately 285 beads, or approximately 1 1/2 grams. For every new creation, I use these variables, to get a cost of the beads in the pattern.

If you are using Antique/Vintage beads, pour them into an empty vile so your can account for a number of beads per gram, then this will relate to how many you'll need.

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Beaded Jewelry Gallery Loom picture

I like using a loom with a base. I'll line it with felt, using a spray adhesive. This keeps my bead cups from sliding, and I can use it to store a needle or two!
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Getting into a comfortable spot, laying out all the colors you are planning to use, keeping them within your 'arm's reach', and set in order of use, is my method of looming with multiple colors. I'll keep the 'most used' color, in the base of my loom, and work out from there. My cups are lined up in 'wooden bead trays' which have routed edges so they can be securely stacked, when not in use. The trays are also lined with felt, again to keep the bead cups from sliding around.
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I own over 675 colors of the 927 11/0 Delica Color Line.
How they are stored is important, for not only storage but use.
I utilize 'twist top' containers, that can be swapped out in stacks for each project, easily seen for use in a particular color pallet
and are wide enough for my needle to 'dip' out a selected number of beads.

It is important to purchase the same brand of twist cannisters, for your complete inventory
Each Supplier, or different brand of cannister, offer a wide range of 'threaded twist tops'.
Mixing them up causes an uneven 'twist' and easily falls apart.

11/0 Delica Stash
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The bead colors shine with a white weft!

"The Weft Color is the Bead Color Boss!"
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The picture on the left, above, shows a loomed section with vibrant color beads. Notice the warp color is 'green'. I am able to acquire the bright bead color by selecting 'white' as my weft thread.
 

This picture gives three scenerios, using a white weft thread and considering the perfect warp color thread, to match the pattern being loomed.

The warp color is 'green' for all three examples below and the weft thread is 'white'. Notice the difference in color intensity by using various colors for the weft.

The types of bead finishes are labeled above the beads and the color of thread used, as the weft, is shown to the right! The Opaque beads, on the right, are not affected by the weft color choice. So if you are looming with only 'opaque' beads, I would suggest using the same color warp thread you selected. However, if you will be including any of the other 'lines of finishes', the beads can be purchased, consider a 'white weft thread'.

Always use White Weft Thread
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Eding your loomed creation is important for the sturdy structure and finishes a piece perfectly!

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I'm looming some samples of 'edging' to share in these spaces!
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erin@simonetti.com

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