|Out On A
Loom by Margie Deeb
ISBN 0-9670964-0-5, Softbound, 31 pages, $19.95 plus $3.50 S&H, Minoa, Roswell, Georgia, website www.minoa.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are lovely full page color graphs of 15 patterns for bead loom weaving. Not only do you have geometric, curved and portrait patterns, but some patterns worked with off loom techniques added to the loom woven piece so the lines on the outside warp threads are not always straight, enhancing the design. Long sweeping curves of brilliant and soft colors sweep through some of her designs. There are even owls included in one. All 15 patterns, whether for a miniature tapestry or as jewelry, are beautiful treasures and a delight to the eye.
Delica beads are used in each design, however, Czech 11/0 and other small beads can be used in place of Delicas. A list of bead colors and numbers are provided for the Delicas along with the quantity of each bead needed.. There is a note as to how many warp threads and beads across are required for each project, as well as the final length if using Delicas.
Instructions for warping and weaving on a bead loom are included along with illustrations and step-by-step instructions. Adding fringe and dangles to the sides of warp thread on a woven piece are illustrated as well as adding jewelry findings. Marjorie explains how to join a strap for a necklace and integrate it with the necklace portion. Finishing of jewelry closures can make or break a fine woven jewelry piece.
Split loom techniques are explained along with illustrations. Several split loom patterns are then introduced as examples.
The ideas for tapestry pieces to be displayed or worn is novel and attractive.
Souad, a mini tapestry portrait, offers a variety of shadow and color graduations to make the face come alive. Designs such as Fountain on page 23, offers many possibilities. Besides making a duplicate of the design, parts can be changed, other colors introduced and variations attained with a little experimenting to add your own creativity to the original design.
Working through a project allows you to build on the techniques you have learned. Once you have finished a few patterns and see how they actually look as finished items, you will have a better idea about creating your own patterns. I found the patterns in Out On A Loom to be refreshing and enjoyable to view. If you are looking for instructions for how to bead loom weave finely graphed designs you will be proud to wear, Out on A Loom is the book for you.