Bead Weaving on a Loom Part 5

Fobs— In general the background of a fob should be dark, but one that is charming with light summer gowns has a white crystal background of 5-0 cut beads with an apple and leaves woven on it. The former is of dull-red and gold-lined crystal beads; the latter in two shades of olive-green crystal 5-0 cut

The darker shade of green is also used for the tiny leaves at the end of the apple. This design and (which is in dull green crystal and chalk-white on a dark blue background) are repeated the whole length of the fob.

Another fob is of dark purple beads for the background and silk warp and woof threads, with a single bee woven near the lower end. The wings and part of the outline of the thorax are of opalescent beads; the remainder of the outline, the thorax, head, and dark stripes on the abdomen of black, while the light stripes are of amber crystal and the eyes gold-lined crystal beads.

A design of thistles in purple and gray-green opaque beads (No. 5-0 cut) is woven on a black background of the same beads.

The usual method of attaching these woven fobs to their mountings is to lap the end of the woven work around the bar and, turning the edge in, stitch it firmly to the underside of the work with silk of the

In making designs for chains or fobs (where the work is worn vertically) it must be remembered that as the beads are oblong rather than round a design drawn on squares will naturally work out as if it were elongated. If the design is drawn wider than it should look on paper it will work out correctly. This does not apply so much to designs that are to be worked in 5-0 cut beads, which are more nearly round.

Belts— Chalk-white beads make one of the best backgrounds for woven belts, which look most attractive with summer gowns. The design in Fig. 26 may be woven in Indian red, and black 4-0 beads on such a background, or two shades of green or pink crystal beads on the chalk-white, will make an effective belt.

Figures from an old rug suggested the design, which is woven in dark blue and dull red on a white background. A pretty combination is of chalk- white and gold-lined beads in a diamond pattern on a background of old-rose crystal beads.

An attractive belt may be made from the pattern shown in, using 4-0 dark-blue beads on a chalk-white ground. Green beads on a white crystal background are also effective.

Card-Case Materials Required: · 8 spools of pale-blue buttonhole twist, letter D · 1 spool letter A pale-blue sewing-silk · 2 bunches palest turquoise-blue beads No. 5-0 · 1 bunch each of black, gold-lined crystal, dark-blue crystal, and dull-red crystal beads No. 5-0 · No. 12 needles

The soft colors and interesting design of an old rug suggested this card-case, and fortunately the colors were obtainable in beads. One hundred and one warp threads of pale-blue buttonhole twist, well waxed, are strung on a loom wide enough to hold them.

A No. 1 2 needle is threaded with pale-blue sewing-silk, also well waxed, which is tied to the warp thread at the extreme left. On this 100 turquoise-blue beads are strung and woven into one row. In work as wide as this, where taking out a whole row is quite a labor, two precautions should be used. The beads should be threaded off their original strings with the needle, which will prove whether or not the hole in each is large enough to allow the woof thread to pass through it a second time, when the weaving is done.

It will also be wise to use a separate woof thread for each row, tying the two ends together as the row is

completed. A second row of plain blue is woven, and then the pattern is worked according to Fig. 30. with black, gold-lined crystal blue and dull-red crystal beads, for twenty-seven rows.

This is followed by twenty-six rows of plain blue, and the case is completed by repeating the pattern and weaving two more rows of plain blue, to correspond with the beginning.

The work is then taken from the loom and a lining with pockets made of pale-blue silk interlined. The woven beadwork and lining are then basted together and sewed over and over at the edges with pale-blue silk.

The end of this series of Bead Weaving on a Loom.

Reference Used: White, Mary. How to Do Beadwork Complete with 100 Illustrations . Kindle Edition. Copyright 1904 by Doubleday, Page and Company Published May 1904 (in public domain due to expiration of copyright)

republished by: Connie Limon, Bead Jewelry Artisan

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