Beading on a Loom - Decreasing

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To taper a woven piece down, you will need to decrease the number of rows between the warp threads. In this case, we’re tapering down a 7-bead design to a single row. Other designs may decrease down multiple rows, but the process is the same.
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Tip 1Use Delicas for this technique. They fit perfectly together, like bricks, with this stitch. Choose any seed bead to work with.
Tip 2For purposes of this technique we are using a orange warp thread and a red weft thread. Choose colors for your piece that coordinate with your seed beads.
Tip 3If you want to decrease (taper) down to just one single bead, make sure you start with an odd number of beads in your first row.
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Step 1

See steps 1-6 of our  Basic Beading on a Loom technique to create your length before decreasing. Exit the last bead on the side, coming out under the outermost warp thread.

Step 2

Bring the thread under the warp thread and pass back through the last bead of the same row.

Step 3

Wrap once around the warp thread.

Step 4

String another row of beads, we are stringing 5 beads to start our decrease. Pull the thread behind and push the next, shorter row of beads up between the warp threads.

Step 5

Bring the needle back over the warp thread next to the end bead and pass back through the short row of beads, being sure that the weft thread sits on top of the warp threads.

Step 6

Bring the weft thread under the warp thread and pass back through the last bead of the same row.

Step 7

Wrap once around the warp thread.

Step 8

String another row of beads, we are stringing 3 beads to continue our decrease. Pull the thread behind and push the next, shorter row of beads up between the warp threads.

Step 9

Bring the needle back over the warp thread next to the end bead and pass back through the short row of beads, being sure that the weft thread sits on top of the warp threads.

Step 10

Bring the weft thread under the warp thread and pass back through the last bead of the same row.

Step 11

Wrap once around the warp thread.

Step 12

String another row of beads, we are stringing 1 bead to finish our decrease. Pull the thread behind and push the next, shorter row of beads up between the warp threads.

Step 13

Bring the needle back over the warp and pass back through the short row of beads, being sure that the weft thread sits on top of the warp threads.

Step 14

To finish off the thread, stitch back down through the center bead of the two previous rows.

Step 15

Bring the weft thread under the warp thread as you come out of the bead.

Step 16

Knot the weft thread around the warp thread.

Step 17

Pass through the remaining beads in the row.

Step 18

Trim the thread close to the beads along the edge

Step 19

When you've finished weaving, remove the piece from the loom. To finish the piece, the warp threads and remaining weft thread will need to be woven back in. See steps 16-29 in our Basic Beading on a Loom technique.

Step 20

Congratulations, you have learned how to decrease the width of a loomed design!

       

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