Tricks to Looming- Tribal Nights


Project By: By Sam Applegate
Sample By: Beckie Ten Eyck

In this 3/4 inch wide, 9 strand woven bracelet, Beckie was inspired by African basket weaving. This sample is considered Beginner Level and, as Beckie learned, very relaxing to do. There is a downloadable PDF of the pattern to follow, as well as the Project Map below. Please watch the video and use the Project Map and printable PDF Graph to assist you when you are building your pattern. All techniques and steps are included in detail in the video, so it is crucial to watch it from start to finish.

Camel- Compassion Suede
Moccasin- UltraSuede
Gold- KO Thread
Chestnut - Regular C-Lon
8-2005- Matte Metallic Dark Raspberry 8/0
8-2006- Matte Metallic Gold 8/0
8-2405F- Matte Transparent Teal 8/0
Transitions - Antique Copper
Pony Express - Copper
Beadsmith Zap Jewelry Gel
Size 10 4 Pack Beadsmith Seed Bead Needles
Beadsmith Big Eye Needles
Thread Snips
Handy Tape
Deep Dish Project Tray
Project Tray Inserts
Project Map

The total length of this design from end to end of ultra suede cuff should be your wrist size plus a little bit (1/4-1/2 inch more). The design reads best if it is up against your wrist rather than falling too loosely. Since you cannot take the bracelet off to measure while it is still on the loom, knowing your wrist measurement beforehand is so important. If you need to, you can always make the width of your ultra suede cuff a bit wider for added length. Please watch the video before beginning.

It is very tempting to cut your first bracelet off to see how it looks. Very tempting...but think about using all the warp to make more bracelets before you cut your design away. Infact, a design board can make up to twelve bracelets. How? By moving the warp around the board. In the video, Sam goes over how to move the warp around your board to use a new section. Above samples and “practice sections” are done by Beckie Ten Eyck. Thank you, Beckie! And a big thank you to Sam for such a wonderful project.

You rock! So please watch the video and have fun looming and weaving :)) Janice



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