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Beadloom Glossary from Boomerang Professional

We may have used some terms that you are not familiar with. We will try to explain them here. If we've forgotten something, please let us know what to add!

Warp fibers are attached to the Boomerang Professional beadloom by tying them to the brass fittings on the warp slide or bottom bars. The warp is strung parallel to the boomerang-shaped sides, over the top and bottom bars and the coils attached to them. The coils at the top and bottom of the bead loom serve to separate the warp fibers at the proper spacing for the size of beads you plan to weave with. The beads on a beadloom are placed between the warp fibers, strung on and held in place by the weft (see below).

We generally use nylon upholstery thread for the warp and weft when weaving on our bead looms. Jan also likes it for bead crochet with all but the largest beads.

As Bob says, "It goes from weft to wight," as opposed to the up-and-down direction of the warp. Beads are strung on the weft and pushed up from underneath and between the warp fibers. With a needle the weft is passed through the beads from the opposite direction on top of the warp fibers. This interlocks the beads in place.

Jan is weaving her Tie on a Standard Beadloom.

Warping the Loom
This means attaching and stringing the warp fibers on the bead loom, not making the beadloom "warp" or buckle. The furniture-grade cherry wood that we make our beadlooms with will not warp in that way, but our bead looms are very easy to warp in the weaving sense!

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