Plan Your Bead Looming Retreat
It’s almost the New Year, so it’s the perfect time to plan a creative retreat! Bead looming is a meditative technique that can be very simple and straightforward or much more elaborate, depending on your preference. Plus, loomwork jewelry ideas are available in different styles so you can choose the project that suits you, which makes the process a lot of fun. Take a break from all of the holiday hustle and bustle and give yourself the gift of a few minutes to daydream and plan a little me-time for next year.
Learn How to Bead on a Loom
Beadwork Editor Tammy Honaman’s Learn How to Bead on a Loom online workshop is a great way to learn all the basics of bead looming. Tammy will show you how to weave beads on a loom, discuss different styles of looms, and demonstrate finishing techniques to turn you loomed designs into jewelry. As a student of this online workshop, you’ll be a part of an online community and be able to interact with other students through discussion boards and galleries. The online workshop content is available to you any time so you can access the nine video lessons at your own pace. Let Tammy show you how to take your beading loom out of the box and get started bead looming.
Arizona Sky Bracelet
Embrace the chevron trend with this Arizona Sky Bracelet pattern download by Lindsay Burke. It’s the perfect project to get started with bead looming or refine your skills if you’re already a bead looming pro. Just a few materials are required: beads; clasp; scissors or thread burner; your favorite beading loom, and two beading needles. It’s easy to adjust the colors so you can make a few and stack them up! Lindsay’s Missoni Inspired Loom Bracelet pattern download is another fan favorite and a gorgeous follow-up project.
Jewel Loom Inspirations
You’ll love Jewel Loom Inspirations by Julianna C. Avelar. The book covers everything you need to know to get started and includes 15 step-by-step projects, plus, a design gallery to inspire you. Julianna incorporates fibers along with beads and other materials so you can learn the basics and stretch your creativity. She includes her trademark ring along with earrings and a whole lot of bracelets so you can use your skills to make a variety of loomwork jewelry. This title is also available as an eBook.
Portuguese Inspired Tile Cuff
One of my favorite ways to use a beading loom is creating the warp with leather cord, then using beading thread to add a beaded weft. The leather cord makes the loomwork more substantial and creates a trendy look. This Portuguese Inspired Tile Cuff video by Julianna C. Avelar is a great way to learn the technique and results in a beautiful bracelet. In addition to leading you through the project step-by-step, Julianna talks about why she invented the Jewel Loom (affiliate link) and gives tips for bead looming, using 2-hole beads, finishing tips, and more. This video will fit right into your collection.
For more great bead loom information and projects to get you started, read Tammy Honaman’s 4 Free Bracelet Bead Loom Patterns article and this fun article by Julianna: 5 Things I wish I knew When I Started Bead Looming.
Interim Managing Editor of Beadwork and host of Beads, Baubles & Jewels
Featured Image: Loom woven beaded bracelets by Tammy Honaman
Ready to plan your next creative retreat? Check out these books, projects, and online workshops: