Mark a central point. Start your threads where the stitches will be hidden by beads in the finished loop. Thread on a base bead then an odd number of other beads.
Bring the beads around in a curve and take the needle back through the base bead and into the fabric. Draw the thread through to create a loop that stands up from the surface.
Keep tension on the thread, push the loop back against the fabric and work it into an attractive shape on the surface. Bring the needle up to the right of the bead in the middle of the loop.
Pass the needle through this central bead and take it back down into the fabric immediately after to anchor the top of the loop to the fabric.
For filled loops, adding beads to the centre of a loop can help maintain its shape - prepare a loop as above, then bring the needle up immediately beneath the central bead.
Thread on enough beads to reach the base bead.
Take the needle down through the base bead, then draw the thread through to finish.
The newly added beads will be raised towards the loop’s point.
Structure of stitch
Loops make wonderful petals for flower motifs.
Various Authors, The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery (2018) , p.381