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Made in England and perfect for seed bead looming - can't get any better than that!!
on 14 January 2014
***UPDATE 29 Jul 2015: Still over the moon with this loom - I've always got a project going on it, and I've even used it for my sewing students to demonstrate how fabrics are woven!
ORIGINAL REVIEW: What a beautiful loom! Mine arrived (from seller GJ Beads, very well packed to protect the loom and accessories) just one day after dispatch and is exactly as described.
Opening the box I found:
*Three sheets of blank graph paper
*A double sided sheet of American Indian beading patterns in clear large print, so easy to read
*A double sided sheet with the best clear, concise instructions and tips including finishing off instruction I've ever seen with a new loom, and believe me this last month I've seen many in the search for the right seed bead loom!
*The 2 piece loom stand ('side-walls', MDF, can be painted or press-on decorated, seems very sturdy to me!)
In a thick plastic bag:
*Two thumb length vials of opaque glass seed beads (look to be a 12/0)
*Two good quality beading needles (and I can actually see the eye with just my trifocals!)
*Two generous reels of weaving thread (white)
*The metal coil rods with wing nuts
*The wooden rollers with wing nuts
The buyer assembles the loom - it's very quick and easy to set up. Warping this first time is a little fiddly but from prior loom experience I know it's only the first time that's fiddly. Set-up and warping to first few lines of bead weaving took less than 15 minutes. The parts feel sturdy and I believe this loom will last for a very long time even with the daily use I intend to put it through.
The metal coil rods have 12 dents per inch (the dent is the space where the warp thread goes, the beader will find best results using beads sized one number down from the dent number) so I'll be able to confidently use this loom with my favourite seed bead size 11/0 to create bracelets, belts, and panels for framing, etc.
The rollers are also very good quality - good weight, smooth, no rough edges, and the instruction book includes the suggestion of padding the roller to keep rolled finished work from being dented by the warp rivets.
The size 12/0 that came with the loom are a little too small to use with the loom so the threads will show but they're great for practice and I can also use them for hand-stitching. Not my fav colours or style, these are opaque American Indian beading colours - I work with translucent and silver foil beads to do Art Nouveau patterns. But not enough of a 'drawback' to give this package anything less than a 5* rating because really, this is a fantastic loom, the only thing better would be a bespoke, professional loom costing far more.
If you like seed bead looming and need a high quality loom that's easy on neck and back, this is your loom.