We had so much fun yesterday with our dual coast Facebook Live with Julianna C Avelar, inventor of the Baby Jewel Loom and Mama Jewel Loom. The Baby Jewel Loom is a great choice for beginning Loomers (like me!) because it’s always in the warp position – you don’t have to worry about getting the correct tension with the Rod like with the Mama Loom. It’s great for quick, smaller projects – and you can also make larger projects by sewing together multiple pieces. Check out Julianna’s latest book, Jewel Loom Inspirations for more project ideas.
For this project, I used Size 6 Czech Seed Beads and 26 Gauge Champagne Artistic Wire. You can use all types of materials with the Looms, including (but not limited to) Leather Cord, WildFire, Hemp Cord, Beading Thread, Ribbon, Nymo and B-Lon. Pro Tip: To best thread WildFire onto the Jewel Loom Needle (or any needle), first use flat nosed pliers to flatten the WildFire. Then it should slide through the eye of the needle no problem! In addition to Seed Beads, you can use Swarovski Crystals, vintage beads, even gemstones in your designs.
It was great having Julianna with us to help out, especially since I invariably mix up which are the Warps and which are the Wefts. The definitive answer from Julianna herself: The Warps are up and down, and the Wefts go side to side. I’m going to post that on my wall!
The full instructions for the design that I made in the video are included with the Baby Jewel Loom, but Beadalon also has them posted on-line here! We love seeing your creations, so please post them on the Beadalon Facebook Page!