When using a loom, the warp threads are the threads that actually attach to the loom and run up the length of it. The weft threads are the threads that you weave with. If you run out of weft thread, you can tie off what you have and add a new length of thread so that you can continue weaving. This Handy Tip will show you how to add more weft thread when you run out in the middle of a loomed project. You will also learn how to finish off the ends of the warp and weft threads when the design is complete. We run the needle through the bead with the eye of the needle in front so that the warp threads aren't split with the needle tip.
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|STEP ONE||STEP TWO||STEP THREE|
|From the left side of your project, run the needle through the end bead and pull the thread through. Be sure to enter the bead with the eye end of the needle.||Run the needle behind the second bead, under the last row of weft thread and the warp thread to the left, then up between the beads.||Pull the thread through until a small loop forms. Then, run the needle through the loop to create a knot.|
|STEP FOUR||STEP FIVE||STEP SIX|
|Pull the knot tight.||Run the needle through a few beads. You can move the thread to another section of beads and tie another knot like the one you created in step three for added security if necessary.||To avoid the risk of accidently snipping the warp and weft threads along the outside edges of your loomed piece, trim the tail between two beads.|
|STEP SEVEN||STEP EIGHT||STEP NINE|
|To add a new weft thread, run the needle through the last bead on the right side of the loomed piece. Please note that if there is too much bulk for the needle to pass through because of the knots, you can add the new thread to a different row like we have done here.||Tie a knot in the same manner as steps two and three.||Pull the knot tight. Move the thread to another location and tie another knot if necessary.|
|STEP TEN||STEP ELEVEN||STEP TWELVE|
|Thread the needle through the end of the first bead on the last row.
||The needle is now in the postion to continue beading. Make sure the tail is sticking out between two beads and trim the tail.
||When you are done weaving and have removed the woven piece from the loom you will have warp and weft threads that need to be finished off.
|STEP THIRTEEN||STEP FOURTEEN||STEP FIFTEEN|
|Weave them into the piece and tie them off in the same manner as the previous steps.||If you plan to add a loop or button for your closure, tie off the weft thread and then position it where you need it for the closure.||The weft thread has been tied off and moved to the center, ready to add beads for a loop.|
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