Warp-Less Bead Weaving
I know I’m a little behind on times here as this has been out for a while now but I was really excited to find this!
I read a forum thread by Kathy Kostinsky on Beadwork.About.com of her style of loom bead weaving. I enjoy loom beading but for me, hiding, weaving in, or in other words having to mess with warp threads at all has been the biggest hindrance from doing much loom work, so her no warp method technique was something I was interested in trying. In further research I also found the Versa-Loom, created by Sova-Enterprises, which is an actual adjustable loom that you can purchase at www.sova-enterprises.com that allows you loom bead weave without all of the warp threads on the end.
So, the last two days have been spent building a new loom and drawing out a pattern to test out Kathy’s method. It’s definitely takes some getting used to and I haven’t quite mastered how to get the ends perfect yet, but sure beats messing with a bunch of threads at the end!
The Greek Key-style pattern repeats every two squares as the colors alternate every other one. Each square/rectangle is about 1 and 3/8 inches long (little over 1 and 1/4 inches) when using Miyuki Round 11/0′s. If you use Delicas, this measurement will shorten. I made this one 4 squares long (5 and 1/2 inches) and with the clasp, it came out to 6 and 3/4 inches long. I used Miyuki Round 11/0 silver-lined F32 Capri Blue and F18 Blue Topaz.