I had a basic metal sleigh loom for many years, but lost one of the rollers and had been meaning to get a replacement. Then I saw the Ultimate Bead Loom on Amazon and I decided that rather than buying another cheapy, this time I would get a loom to last – and be proud of. And I am jolly glad that I did!
The Ultimate Bead Loom is made by the Peak Dale company in the United Kingdom and is available from themselves and other sellers on eBay and from Amazon (link at the end).
What’s In The Box..
The loom arrived in a sturdy card box. It is basically two pieces of mdf type wood, two rollers and two springs that guide the threads. It is very quick to assemble and you then have a nice sturdy structure to work on.
The loom is also much wider than the usual sleigh looms you see. (Sleigh looms are the long, thin, horizontal beading looms, usually made of coated wire). So as well as the usual bracelets and bookmarks you will also be able to create larger pieces – or work two pieces sides by side (ideal if you want to be sure they match). The rollers mean it is easy to work on varying lengths of projects too.
The set also contains two small tubes of assorted seed beads. Nothing special but fine to get started and you would be able to make a good few items from these. There are also two standard reels of white beading thread and two long, thin beading needles.
The instructions are a wee bit disappointing. As basic beading is pretty straightforward I am sure that a beginner would manage fine with them, but this is supposed to be the ‘ultimate loom’, and more likely to appeal to more advanced beaders (newer beaders may well start with a much cheaper model). So I had expected to get a more impressive set of instructions with more information on ideas for using beading, techniques like finishing and edging etc. There are a couple of black and white patterns to get you started, but very surprisingly the pretty design featured on the box is not included (which I assumed it would be). There is also a sheet of squared paper templates so you can enjoy designing your own creations.
All in all I am very pleased with the loom. I dare say I could have made one far cheaper – if I had the woodworking skills. But I don’t and as a quality, ready to use product this was perfect for me. I am sure it will last many, many years – and is just asking to be painted in pretty colours! It looks far smarter and sturdier than the cheaper metal looms and I do love the 45 degree angle and increased working width.
The photos show the first two pieces I worked on the loom, using the included beads. The designs are my own.
This link – Ultimate Bead Loom leads to the item on Amazon. If you purchase it from this link then I would get a small commission from Amazon for sending custom their way.