I made the slight mistake of photoing two processes at one time, but people are anxious to begin beading their Single Outline Diamonds, so I’m using these photos for now. Live and learn–next time I’ll try not combine too much information in one project. Please don’t be confused by the different colors in the different layers. Just use all one color unless you feel ready to try combining colors and beads.
24 Rocaille, or E, or Seed (6/0) beads to complement your yarn
Yarn thin enough to thread the beads onto
A flexible beading needle or thin wire (such as the wire pulled out of the selvage of decorative ribbon)
REMEMBER you can click on a photo to enlarge it; click on the back arrow to return to these instructions.
- Thread all the beads on the yarn. Threading beads is rough on the yarn, so when you’re done stringing the beads, cut off the ragged yarn end, about 2-3 inches, and push the beads way down the yarn toward the skein. The beads will all appear on the third warp layer (L3).
- If using one color, warp the loom in the usual way, pushing the beads down the yarn till you get to L3. Distribute the beads on L3 strands in this manner:
1) no bead
2) 1 bead
3-13) 2 beads each
14) 1 bead
15) no bead
It’s not necessary to spread the beads out in a perfect diamond in correspondence with the rows each bead will end up in, but I recommend spreading them out roughly in this shape. The beads will move some while you weave. See photos below the pattern for further clarification while weaving.
*Every time you go U-3, you’ll also go U one bead.
R1: Plain weave (P), beginning Under (U) the first warp thread
R2: P-14, U-3*, P-14
R3: P-12, U-3*, O-1, U-3*, P-12
R4: P-10, U-3*, P-5, U-3*, P-10
R5: P-8, U-3*, P-9, U-3*, P-8
R6: P-6, U-3*, P-13, U-3*, P-6
R7: P-4, U-3*, P-17, U-3*, P-4
R8: P-2, U-3*, P-21, U-3*, P-2
R9: Rpt R7 (R7: P-4, U-3*, P-17, U-3*, P-4)
R10: Rpt R6 (R6: P-6, U-3*, P-13, U-3*, P-6)
R11: Rpt R5 (R5: P-8, U-3*, P-9, U-3*, P-8)
R12: Rpt R4 (R4: P-10, U-3*, P-5, U-3*, P-10)
R13: Rpt R3 (R3: P-12, U-3*, O-1, U-3*, P-12)
R14: Rpt R2 (R2: P-14, U-3*, P-14)
This photo shows what might look like a mistake. As long as you’ve gone U-3 and taken a bead with you, there shouldn’t be a problem. Just slide the bead upward a little so it rests in the proper row.