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Altering a Loomed Piece by Hand
Altering your loomed pieces is an essential technique for making your designs exactly the way you want them. It allows you to add rows of beads to an existing woven pattern. This is the perfect technique for lengthening designs so that they fit just right. It's also helpful for finishing a pattern in your beading. Follow these steps to learn how to customize your loomwork using the square stitch!
You will start with a woven piece that is off the loom. Move an existing tail or add thread so that it exits from an end bead on the right side of the piece. We will call this row one. Add two beads to the needle and then thread your needle through the bead to the left of the end bead. Make sure you enter from the left side of the bead, so that the needle is coming out of the right side, between this bead and the end bead.
Pull the thread taut. This starts row two.
Enter the second bead from the right in row two. Make sure you enter from the right side of the bead.
Add a bead to the thread and then enter the the third and second bead in row one. Make sure you enter from the left side.
Then, enter the second and third bead in row two. Enter from the right side.
Add a bead and enter the fourth and third bead in row one, making sure to enter from the left.
Then, enter the third and fourth beads on the second row, entering from the right.
Add the final bead and enter the fifth and fourth beads on the first row…
…then the fourth and fifth beads on the second row. To continure adding rows, flip your piece over so that the thread is again on the right side of your project and repeat these steps.
Once you've added as many rows as you need, finish the piece by knotting and weaving the thread into the woven piece.