Mini Alphabet for Square Stitch or Loom
A lot of new beaders start by learning to do loomed bracelets on a small wire craft bead loom so I get asked a lot if I have any loom patterns. Most of my loom patterns are more suitable for bigger looms. This one is very small, and is a good one for friendship bracelets, or inspiration bracelets with a single word on them.
The alphabet and ornaments are 5 beads high, so I'd suggest a border bead on each side which makes for a 7 bead wide bracelet. So if you're working on a loom, that would be 8 warp threads. Warp threads are the threads you string on the loom before beading.
Use the alphabet with standard loom or square stitch graph paper to graph out a pattern. The blank graph paper in this article is set up to print 6 bracelet strips on one sheet of paper, just save it to your hard drive and print at 100 dpi, or right click to open the image in a new window and print it from your browser. It's 80 beads long and 7 beads wide with every 10 beads marked in a pink. The extra sheets give you room to work to get it centered just the way you want it.
Here's the alphabet graph, including numbers and some ornaments. I included a < symbol for people who want to make a nice geeky bracelet with a <3 instead of the included heart design.
The blank graph paper is a single image with 6 blanks.
Click here for the pattern shown at the beginning of the article, you can use your back button on your browser to return here.
This loom is perfect for teaching younger children the basics of bead weaving with a loom. Instead of using fine thread and seed beads, it uses floss and small pony beads and a larger needle that's easier to handle. (affiliate link)
This set comes with a small loom, beads, and a book of instructions. (affiliate link)
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