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How to make a vintage loom bracelet - using the knorr prandell loom

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Cut two 1metre strands of thread and set up your KNORR Prandell loom using the instructions included. (This sounds a lot of thread but it's better to have extra as you'll find finishing the bracelet much easier.) Fold the thread pieces in half and loop them through the horizontal wooden bar at one end. Lay the strands over the loom, each strand should be two slots apart like in the picture below (Or the distance between each strand should correspond with the width of the beads). Wrap the other ends of thread around the pins at the other end of the loom. 

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Knot an armspan of thread to the outside warp thread. Leave yourself a 20cm tail. Pick up six seed beads and with them still on the needle position under the warp threads so that two pop up between each strand. Keep the beads in place with your finger as you pull the needle and thread all the way through.

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Pass the needle back through the beads from the above.

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Add two more rows of seed beads.

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Now add three rows of 4mm rounds and two rows of seed beads. Repeat this step once more so that you have two sets of 9 rounds.

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Add a row of rounds, a row of bicones, a row of rounds then two more rows of seed beads. Repeat this step 5 more times.

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Go back to adding three rows of round and two rows of seed beads and repeat a second time. Finish with three rows of seed beads so that your bracelet is symmetrical. To secure, form a loop, pass the needle around the side warp thread then through the loop. Pull tight. Remove the beadwork from the loom by undoing the wing nuts and unrolling the wooden barrels.

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Secure the inner warp threads by sewing up to and under a thread in the previous row.

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Form a small loop, pass the needle through it and pull tight. Sew through the beads to the end of the row, add a dab of glue to the knot and trim off the excess. Repeat with the other inner warp thread and the two inner ones at the other end. Weave one of the outside warp threads through the end row of seed beads then into the next row. Knot once and add a dab of glue.

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To add the loop and toggle, pass the remaining warp threads at either end along the end row to the centre of the beadwork. To form the loop, string 20 seed beads, sew back down the first three strung then continue along the top row of loomwork and weave the thread in.

To make the toggle, thread out of the end of your loom work and pick up 3 seed beads, and then add 4 rounds and 4 seed beads alternately, finishing on a seed bead.

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Thread down through the second seed bead you added.

Pass around the first line of loom work and thread back up through the first 2 seed beads again. You should now have a loop. Thread to one of the side seed beads as shown in the image.

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Pick up a seed bead, a round and another seed bead. Thread through the seed bead on the opposite side of the loop to fill the gap.

Thread out through this seed bead and repeat to fill the gap on the other side of the loop by adding a seed bead, a round and a seed bead and threading through seed bead you threaded out of in the last step.

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Thread back around this little cluster to strengthen and reinforce and finally thread both your tail and working thread down into your loom design, knotting along the way to secure it in place. Once you are happy your design won't unravel, trim off the excess thread.

This cluster should fit through your loop at the other end of your bracelet as a toggle clasp.

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It's finished! Make sure you share your colour version on our Facebook Page

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