Artbeads Quick Tutorial – Make a Clasped Bracelet on the Endless Loom with Cheri Carlson


Hi, I’m Cheri Carlson from Artbeads.com,
and today I’m going to show you how to weave a bracelet on the Endless Loom, a loom from
Deb Moffett-Hall and The Beadsmith. I’m going to show you how to make a simple
bracelet on the Endless Loom. It’s super easy. One of the really unique features of this
loom is that you create the clasp portion of the bracelet first. What you need to do is decide what type of
clasp you want to use. In this case, I’ve used the really simple
little magnetic antique brass clasps, which I love. They’re a really nice flush finish and go
together really easily. I’ve used the Artbeads Designer Blend in
Desert Sage, which I think is really pretty; I love anything earth-toned, and I just love
the bronze and moss green in this particular blend. I’ve done a really simple stripe, so you
don’t have to worry about a pattern too much other than just matching your stripes
as you go. One of the really unique things about this
loom is that because you’re starting with that clasp first, you are able to warp your
threads around the loom continuously from one side of your clasp to the other, and then
when you’re done, you only have your one thread to weave back into your piece. I’m going to start off and show you how
to create the starting pieces onto your clasp. I’ve got about a yard and a half or so of
thread on my needle. I’m using a size 10 beading needle, long. The first thing I’m going to do is put a
stopper bead on my thread. I’m bringing that down towards the end of
the thread. I’m leaving about 8 inches or so of a tail,
and then I’m inserting that needle back through the stopper bead. And then one more time back through the bead,
in the same direction. That’s going to help hold my seed beads
in place for our start. My pattern is a brass, a green, a white, a
silver, a white, a green, and a brass bead. So I have those loaded on my needle, and I
slide the beads on down to the stopper bead. Now what I want to do is stack a bronze bead
on top of this bronze bead. This is the square stitch. So I’ve picked up a bronze bead on my needle,
and then I’m running the needle through from the other side and then pulling the thread
tight until that bead stacks on top, like so. Then you want to run the needle through that
new bead that you just added. The first one or two are a little loose and
wobbly, but it’ll tighten up as we go. What I want to do next is stack a green bead
on top of this one, so I’ve picked it up in my needle and I’m going through just
that green bead. I’m pulling that tight. You have to fuss with the little beads a little
bit to get them to straighten out at first. Pull that tight, and then I’m going to run
my thread through just that green bead. There, you can see how those are beginning
to stack up. Next, now you can actually separate them from
the pod or the herd and they’ll hold together. So the next bead is the white bead. Picking one up, going into the other white
bead from the back, pulling it tight, and then running the needle through. Then I’ve got the clear bead… and running
the needle through. You just do this to the end of your row. I’m just adding my last bead, stitching
back through it. And then the last step with the square stitch
is then to run your thread through the entire length of the row below it. And then I like to go back one to the row
above, and just do that whole row. Particularly with these larger size beads,
they’re a little wobbly, and this just helps keep your rows in a nice line. So you can see how the square stitch built
on top, one row to the top. If you were to continue with the square stitch,
you would continue circling back through all the rows to keep those nice and even. But we’re not going to do that. We’re going to now add one side of our clasp
to one of these sides. What I know about this clasp is I’ve got
three loops, and I want that center loop centered within my bracelet. So I’m going to move my thread to the center
bead, and I’m actually going to build my clasp on the side that my stopper bead is
on just because that’s where my thread’s going to go. I’m going to move that thread so it’s
coming out between my center bead and the bead next to it, like so. Okay, I’m going to center a bead over this
middle bead. I’m putting that on my needle and then I’m
running the thread through the center loop of my clasp, like so. Then I’m going to go back through that bead
and pull it down snug – whoops, there we go – so that it’s centered over my center
bead. Then I’m going to go back through this bead. I’m going to pick it up in my hands. So I’m going to go through the center bead,
snug it up, going to go back up through my bead, and then I’m going to flip it over. I’m coming through the loop again and then
down through the bead. There. So it’s nice and snug, and I have that thread
going through that center loop on the clasp a couple times. Now I’m going to move over one bead. I’m going to pick up another bead. It doesn’t really matter which direction
I go through these loops as long as I get them secure. Whatever is easiest. Through the back this time, and now down through
the loop, and I’m going to go back through this bead so that that thread makes a circle
around this bead. And then I’m going to pull it a little snug,
and up through the bead again, through the loop, and down through the bead again. There we go. When I’m looking at this, my bead is being
pulled this direction, towards the center bead, but I would like it centered over these
two beads a little bit. I think it would look better. I could pull my thread over this way and go
through this bead, but this thread is going to show on this outside edge, so I’m not
going to do that right now. I’m going to go ahead and go over to the
other bead and secure it. Bead on, through the next loop, and then down
through the bead, and through the other bead so that it makes a loop. And then we’re going to go through again
so that we get a couple threads onto that clasp loop. Same situation on this bead. I have these little beads going in towards
the center. What I want to do is get this thread back
to the other side, coming out this direction. Go up through the bead, and down. Now I can pull this over
and decide if this thread is going to show much. I want to enter the bead from this direction,
and then I’m going to go all the way down to the other side. There we go. And
you can see how that’s pulled the bead a little more over the two beads and centered
it a little bit better. I’m going to do the same on this end. There we go, okay. I have the bead centered a little better on
my clasp. So this is the start of one side. Now we’re going to tie this thread off,
and to do that I’m going to weave it in just a few beads on this outside edge, and
then I’m going to tie a knot. To do that, I want to catch the threads that
are running between the beads with my needle. I’m kind of pinching that needle up against
those beads so that my thread stays between those two beads and forms this little loop. Then I’m going to run my needle through
the loop and pull it tight to form a knot. Then I’m going to do that one more time
and pull that tight, and then I’m going to weave the tail in between the beads and
then trim that. Then the same with my tail. I’m going to put the needle on my tail end,
and I’m going to weave that thread off just like I did the first. Okay, now we need to do our starter row of
beads on the second portion of the clasp, but this time we do it with enough yardage
of thread to warp the loom. So I’m going to pull off a few yards of
thread, just to get myself started. My bracelet is seven beads wide, which means
I need eight warping threads, one to the outside of each side and then one thread in between. So we pick up our loom. We want it to the outside. I’m just going to pull this thread with
my thumb and I’m going to count, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven. So you can see I have one, two, three, four,
five, six, seven spaces and eight threads for my beads. Then we’re going to wrap about six more
times around the loom, which is going to give us enough thread to weave on our first two
rows of square stitch. So one, two, three, four, five, and six. Then we’re going to trim that and then pull
all that thread off. This is going to be enough thread to start
our first couple rows of square stitch, and then it’s going to be the thread that actually
warps the loom endlessly, and then it becomes the thread that we use to start our stitching. Okay, so I have my two rows of square stitch
done and I’ve sewn my clasp onto it, and then I want to maneuver my thread – oh,
and I’ve tied off my tail. Then I want to maneuver the thread that’s
left on the needle so that it’s coming out of one of the end beads. Then I’m going to put my clasp together
and lay my clasp section of beads on the loom. Now, my bracelet has an odd number of beads,
so I’m going to warp this thread around the loom this way, in which case I have the
thread coming out of this bottom bead. If you had an even number of beads, you would
want the thread coming out of the top and then you would warp the threads this way. So I’m flipping it back because I have an
odd number, and I’m just going to hold the bracelet with my thumb and I’m going to
bring it around to the other side. I’ve gone around the loom. Now, I have my loom set for a size 7.5, so
you’ll set it for whatever bracelet size that you want to make. Whoops, I’m just going to secure that with
my finger. With my needle, I’m going to run it through
this end bead from the outside and pull that tight. And now this is making the second warp, so
now I’m bringing it around the loom the opposite direction. I want that thread to go between these two
beads. So I’m going to thread my needle through
the beads, like that, and pull that tight. Then I’m going to go back the other way
again, and this time I want the thread to go between those two beads. Thread my needle. There we go. And then back around, and through the next
row. You just continue doing this to the other
side so that you end up with a warp of thread between each bead on each side of the bracelet. Okay, you can see that I’m coming out of
the end on the first side, so this time when I bring it around to this side, I need this
warp thread to be to the outside of this bead. So I’m going to enter the bead from the
outside. There we go. Now we have all our beads lined up, all our
warp threads lined up, and we’re just going to pull that tight. To secure it, I’m going to tie the thread
in a knot around this warp thread. Kind of in the same manner, we’re going
to make a loop and then we’re going to run our needle through the loop and the pull that
tight. Then I’m going to do that one more time. Now, before we start weaving, we’re going
to center our piece in the center of the loom. I’m going to loosen up on the tension rods,
and then that will allow me to slide this back in position. So I have this open area to work in, and then
I’m going to tighten up the tension rods again. That’s going to give me nice, firm tension
on my threads. But before we can start weaving, I need my
needle to be coming out of the bead on this side if I’m right-handed. If I’m left-handed I want my thread coming
out on this side. So I’m going to just position that through
that last bead and pull the thread out. Okay, and now we’re ready to weave our first
row of beads. I’m going to pass the needle underneath
the loom, and then I’m picking up my dark bronze, a green, an ivory, a clear, ivory,
green, and bronze bead again. Then I’m sliding those beads all the way
down, and then positioning those under the threads. As you can see, they almost pop into place. You just push them up with your fingers and
get them in a line, and then I’m going to run my needle through these beads. But I want the needle to run above these warp
threads, so I want to make sure that I’m aiming up as I’m putting that needle through
the beads, and that’s through all of them. And then pulling it snug. And then to do the next row, same thing. Bronze, green. Just pushing up a little and then running
my needle through and pulling it snug. And then you’ll work your way around the
loom, and as you get closer to this edge, you just want to slide your work back. To do that, just loosen up the tension rod,
slide it back, put the tension rod in. As you go, as you’re adding beads, the piece
is going to get tighter and tighter, so you may want to go to a slightly smaller tension
rod. And you can tell as you go. If it’s too tight, just go down one and
use one that’s just slightly smaller. As you can see now, I’ve woven my pattern
all the way around, and I’m getting close to the other side. I do still have a tension rod in here which
is putting tension on the threads and spreading the bracelet out, so it’s going to be a
little difficult to tell, do I need another row of beads? Maybe two rows of beads? It’s a little hard to see. So what I recommend doing is taking the bracelet
off the loom and then laying it out on your work surface in front of you, and then just
smoothing the beads out and then taking a look. You can see that I’m very close to not needing
another row of beads. What is recommended is that you let this piece
rest for about an hour, and the thread will go back to its original shape. It’s been stretched now for a while. So let this set and see what the threads do,
and then go again and just smooth out these beads. You can see that we may not need another row
of beads at all. And then if that’s the case, then you’ll
just take this last, your only leftover thread, and weave that into your piece and then tie
it off. So that’s the really neat part about this
loom, is you don’t have all these – we would typically have eight threads on this
side and eight threads on this side to weave back into the work, but we only have one. So it makes this part of the piece so much
faster. And then that’s it. Thank you for joining me today. I hope you found this tutorial helpful. I think you’ll find the Endless Loom really
fun to work with. Bye bye!

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