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!
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.
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.
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.
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!