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Tidbits of Beaded Loom Design

While waiting to get some beads for my mega project, I haven’t been able to quite decide what I have wanted to do for quick items. Today I thought I would discuss the designing of a piece on a bead program. I found a design I had worked up and come to find out, it was 4 years ago, probably right at the end of my last ‘Social Market for a Mirrix’ in 2010. I opened it in the program I had used then and was looking at it thinking it was pretty cool, but needed more. As I was working on a slight redesign, I realized one of the rows had 4 and not 3 like all the rest. That is going to be some work to repair as I will have to erase all the work above to make it right. This is the original concept:

Black Smoke Split Loom

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I used Bead Tool 4 to make this design. My alterations look like this as it stands right now:

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I like this version much better. It is more airy and has more design going on. I think I am going to change the shape on the bottom, but not sure quite how yet, and I may decide to keep it that way. Also at the bottom it shows the fringe I plan to put, the feathers. That is a benefit of doing loom patterns, you can lay the fringe out underneath. This is just a 2 color piece. Black is the definitive color and not sure on the other one, I don’t want white white.

I just got a copy of Bead Creator and haven’t had time to play around in it yet. I am anxious to see some results from that design program!

In designing, you have to know what you are doing before you start, then pick out the dimensions for the project. Both programs have a Palette creator which you can put what you have on hand into a custom palette. That would probably be a Delica collection. I have yet to that, I don’t have tons of Delicas, but enough so I put this off 🙂

Because of the narrowness of this design, I will probably have to make it longer so the center gap isn’t spreading unattractively too far apart when worn. I think of a lady whose blouse it too tight and the buttons are straining with gaps between button holes. We don’t want that.

Ultimately, designing for loomed beadwork is not difficult. You don’t even need a program, colored pencils and graph paper work great and I have certainly done that. You will probably just have to do some simple math to figure out width and dimension on graph paper, and you can get graph paper in smaller boxes or larger ones.

Tomorrow I plan on warping the loom for this project. I have also determined, that because I am unsure of how I am going to do my center piece, I will start at strap level until I decide. I shall have some project pics mid-week.

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