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How to Make a Seed Bead Loom

How to Make a Seed Bead Loom

I’ve been looking for easy ways to make seed bead patterns for some time now. I found the loom to be the easiest. My niece makes all kinds of cool things out of seed beads and the loom she uses is as simple as it gets! I want to show how easy it is to make a seed bead loom. This isn’t an exact copy of her loom, but it’s very close. I was able to get all the supplies for less than ten dollars, I feel good about that since I’m just a beginner and don’t want to spend a lot of money getting started!

Seed bead loom supplies.

Supplies for DIY seed bead loom.

  • A wooden base 6-8 inches wide,  10-18 inches long.
  • 2 six-inch pieces of 1×2
  • 2 six-inch bolts and nuts.
  • 4 large eye hooks.
  • 4 steel washers.
  • Power drill with small wood bit.
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • 2 clamps

 

Measure out two lines on the “1×2 pieces” five inches apart. This will be the final width of the loom. Find the middle of these lines and mark it for drilling.

How to make a seed bead loom.How to make a seed bead loom.

Use clamps to hold the 1×2 in place and drill starter holes for the eye-hooks. The eye hooks need to be large enough to fit the bolts you’re using, so keep that in mind when buying the supplies. Twist the eye-hooks all the way through the 1×2 and into the base. Use a screw driver for leverage and position the eye-hooks so they are level with each other. Use a ruler to measure the distance from the eye to the bottom of the base and get them as close as possible. Connect the bolts and add washers if need be. A push-pin or finish nail is needed on the base for both sides, this is necessary for stringing the loom.

How to make a seed bead loom.How to make a seed bead loom.

This loom is rather large and the same design could apply for a smaller version, but I wanted something I could practice on without re-stringing all the time.

Stringing Your Seed Bead Loom

The string for this loom needs to be very strong like floss. I bought this WildFire brand at Micheal’s and it works good for what I’m doing.

Tie a knot around the finish nail and center the string on both bolts and around the other nail working from the center out. Add the proper amount of strands for the pattern you want to make.

How to make a seed bead loom.How to make a seed bead loom.

seed bead pattern

Here is an example of a seed bead pattern. Its made one line at a time and the width represents the amount of beads and colors you use. If the pattern is 26 beads wide, then 27 strands are needed to make the pattern. I suggest doing a simple pattern about 6-8 beads wide to start. Check your needles and make sure the string passes the eye of the needle. The needle also needs to pass through multiple seed beads so check that as well.

String a needle and tie the end to the first strand. Add beads onto the string and position them underneath the strands so each bead is between two strands as shown below. Bring the needle around the top and back through the beads. Wash and repeat with different color beads to make beautiful patterns and designs! :-P

How to make a seed bead loom.How to make a seed bead loom.

 

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7 Comments
  1. Suzi,
    Just wanted to let you know I used the directions & pictures you posted here on How to Make a Seed Bead Loom (after a lot of searching on the Internet) and it worked out beautifully! Thank you for providing such clear and easy directions! The loom works great!

  2. Your welcome Brenda! :-D

  3. Thanks for the wonderful instructions/photos.

    Typically, what your article refers to as string is generally referred to as beading thread. Fireline, which you’ve used, is a wonderful product adapted from fishermen! Tip: as the smoke color tends to rub off on your hands, pull a cut length firmly through a folded (dry) paper towel several times; that usually does the trick and straightens the thread out as well.

  4. I wish I found you 2 weeks ago! My first loom my husband made, and works well with larger cording. I purchased a Ricks Loom for seed beads only to find it wasn’t wide enough, then I stumbled onto your site! The design is brilliant! My husband is making it now, only a little wider so I can make portraits. I spent a small fortune on seed beads for the portrait I’ve been waiting to make, and I did purchase the beads at a very good supplier with great pricing. I’m fortrunate that they are local too. It will use over 6,000 seed beads in 22 different colors, none of which I had on hand. Thank you for sharing this! I cant wait to get started!

  5. I would love to see a picture when your finished! :-)

  6. What size of bead do you use?

  7. I’m not sure what the size is, I just ask for “seed beads”.

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