My wife and I purchased a splitloom necklace made by Frieda Bates at the Carlsbad, New Mexico Art Association shop in Carlsbad nine years ago. I looked up Frieda's website and sent her an e-mail asking "How do I learn how to do this?" She replied and I started loom bead weaving. I have since expanded into other forms of beadwork, but the loom is my passion. Before beading I did stained glass and oil painting.