Loom Woven Bracelet

Loom woven beadwork is so much fun to create! When working on a loom your beads will line up perfectly in straight rows both horizontally and vertically. This enables you to create a variety of designs, patterns, and images that are not as easily accomplished with handwoven bead stitches.

Loom work bracelet in progress

8-2331: 8/0 Matte Met Dusky Clay AB Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
8-4514: 8/0 Op Turquoise Blue Picasso Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
8-1981: 8/0 Nickel Plated AB Miyuki Seed Bead - 1 tube
LDP-1F: Miyuki 3x5.5mm Long Drop Bead Matte S/L Crystal - 1 tube
CLMC-OL: C-LON Micro Cord Olive - 1 spool
193-101: Japanese Medium Beading Needles
193-200: Big Eye Needle 1pc (2.25 in)
520-124: Hypo Cement Jewelers Glue
505-015: Tweezer 4.5" Micro Tip

Supplies for loom project

I find it helpful to use some graph paper to plan and layout my design before I get started. When you are ready to begin you must warp (add the base threads) your loom. This technique will depend on the type of loom you are using. Follow the warping directions that are included with your loom. You will want to adjust your cord size depending on the size bead you are using. I found the C-Lon Micro cord to work wonderfully for this application. It made a sturdy structure for the warp threads and also worked well as the weft (the weaving thread you will use to add your beads) with the size 8/0 Miyuki seed beads.

Loom project graph example

Once you have warped your loom, take approximately 48” of the micro cord to be used as your weft thread and thread your needle onto one end. We used the medium Japanese beading needles (193-101). Measuring just over 3.5” in length, these needles allow you string through all of the beads in one pass as you add them to the loom.

Loom Woven Bracelet in progress

To start your first row pick up 19 of the 8/0 seed beads (shown here in 8-1981). Lay the beads on the warp threads (from above) so that each bead is separated by one of the threads. Gently push the beads against the warp. Using your beading needle string back through the beads on the underside of the warping threads securing the beads into place.
**Note: Alternatively you can bring your beads onto the warping threads from the below and pass the needle through them on top of the warping threads to lock them into place. However, I found that because of the size of this piece, and the inclusion of drop beads, it was easier for me to lay the beads on top of the warp threads and stitch them into place with the left thread from the underside.

Loom Woven Bracelet in progress

Following the pattern you have laid out on the graph paper continue to add beads. The beads on the first two rows may look a little spread out depending on the loom you are using.

Loom woven bracelet adding long drops

You will want to pull your thread taut to cinch up the rows, this is especially important for the first three or four rows. Once a good even tension has been established it is easy to maintain throughout the rest of the piece.

Loom bracelet project example

Continue adding beads and following along with the pattern you have designed. For this project I have included some Miyuki long drop beads. They fit nicely between the 8/0 seed beads and add a wonderful textural element to the beadwork.

Loom Bracelet in progress

Loom Bracelet with seed beads and long drops

Once your pattern is complete you can remove it from the loom. Again the technique used to remove the beadwork from your loom may depend on the type of loom you are using. We cut our warp threads, making sure to leave as much thread on each side as possible (and even amounts on each side) because we will be using them to string the rest of the bracelet.

Finished pattern for loom bracelet

There are many ways to finish off loom woven beadwork. With this design I incorporated the warp threads into bracelet so you will want to leave 4-6” of warp threads on either side of the bead woven portion to work with.

Finishing warp threads on loom work bracelet

Weave the two weft threads back into the beaded portion. Work from side to side for a couple of rows before trimming off. Be mindful of not pulling too tight as this will disrupt the tension of the loom work.

Weaving weft threads on loom bracelet

Now tie every two of the warp threads together in an overhand knot. The knot should sit right at the top of the 8/0 beads in your edge row.

Knotting warp threads

I like to use a pair of fine tipped beading tweezers to guide the knot into place.

Finishing warp threads

Warp knotting detail

Continue this method until all of the warp threads have been tied together in pairs on both sides of the beadwork.

Close up of finished off warp threads

Loom Bracelet Project finished warp threads

You will then thread one set of warp threads onto a big eye needle (193-200). String on enough 8/0 seed beads to accomplish the desired bracelet length. Remember to take into consideration the size of your clasp when determining size. I added 21 beads to each pair of warp threads.

Finishing loom project with seed beads

With a little nudging the 8/0 seed beads will cover the knot made at the base of the threads. This creates a seamless transition from the loom woven beadwork to the strung bracelet portion.

Loom Bracelet Project with seed beads

String beads onto all of the warp thread pairs.

Seed beads on warp threads

Finishing loom project with seed beads

Loop the thread through the clasp and cinch the beads up close to the clasp.

Attaching clasp to loom woven bracelet
This can be accomplished by bringing your needle and thread between the two warp threads exiting the strung beads.

Close up of finishing clasp attachment

Make an overhand knot to secure the thread to the clasp.

Loom bracelet clasp attachment

Knotting clasp onto loom woven bracelet

Weave the thread back down through the beads and knot once more.

Attaching clasp to loom woven bracelet

Apply a dab of Hypo Cement and trim the thread.

Applying glue to warp threads

We used a seven strand clasp and found it necessary to attach two strings of beads to every other loop on the clasp.

Close up of clasp attachment to loom woven bracelet

Continue to do this for each string of beads until the clasp is fully attached.

Clasp attached to one side of loom woven bracelet

Finished loom woven bracelet

Have fun working with your loom and exploring the endless beading possibilities!

Loom woven pendant

Loom Woven Bracelet

Loom woven bracelet examples

Loom woven project examples