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« Reply #10 on: March 30, 2008 01:00:05 PM »

I taught weaving on huge barn looms that were over 100 years old. I am so impressed by how ingenious this is. You are truly a creative mind!!!
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« Reply #11 on: March 30, 2008 03:18:51 PM »

this is so amazing! and it totally rocks!

your weaving looks beautiful too Smiley
when i have a way bigger place to live, i'm totally going to make something this! Cheesy
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« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2008 09:11:39 AM »

This is so incredible!! How did you make the heddle?
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« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2008 12:00:31 PM »

This is so neat!

I need to show this to one of my friends - she actually has a degree in weaving. She's going to be so excited!
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« Reply #14 on: March 31, 2008 12:11:33 PM »

I am in total awe!
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« Reply #15 on: March 31, 2008 02:40:47 PM »

This is insanely amazing. And possibly the perfect solution for the loom vs. space/money battle that's been raging in my head for awhile.
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« Reply #16 on: March 31, 2008 03:33:33 PM »

Very very cool!
What did you use for the heddles?
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« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2008 04:04:43 PM »

This is serious crafty godliness! I would not know where to begin to make one and am in total awe of your loom making (and weaving) skills. Grin
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« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2008 05:59:09 PM »

Wow!  Thanks everyone!  People looked at me like I was crazy when I talked about this.  (By "people" I mean, of course, non-craftster people) 

I took pictures as I made it and plan to write up a tutorial to explain my madness method.  I want to work out a couple of the kinks first just so I'm not steering anyone else in the wrong direction. 

If you want to give it a go before then (knowing that I don't know what I'm doing...  Cheesy), here's my materials list:

1 - 10 foot length of 1" PVC pipe purchased in the plumbing department of Rona (home-handyman superstore like Home Depot)
8 - Elbow joints to fit the 1" pipe
2 - "T" joints to fit the 1" pipe
1 - 36" length of 1/4" x 1/2" balsa wood (from Michaels) cut in half (2x 18")
assorted lengths of nylon twine
Drill
4 nails

The store cut the 10' pipe in 2 for me (for transportation) and then I cut it further into the following lengths (which may or may not be optimal for you)
2x 24"
4x 10"
2x 6"
2x 4"

**Disclaimer:  I do NOT know weaving/loom terminology so bear with me here. 

The 2 24" lengths are your end pieces (where the warp will wind on and off); I joined 2 10" lengths with a T joint for each side piece.  I put an elbow joint on the end of each of these 4 pieces (ends and t-joined sides) then attached the 6" lengths to the "back" to join the end to the side (see picture.  I'm not sure how to explain it exactly) and 4" length to the "front".

I drilled holes in the end pieces through the elbow joints and length of pipe and inserted a nail in each to hold it steady so the tension would be kept.  I drilled 3 holes in each end piece and in each strip of balsa wood and attached the balsa wood to the end pieces.  I got that idea from the slide show on the Ashford Knitter's Loom, which is also where I figured out how to warp it. 

Um, what else?  Oh, I made a heddle from popsicle sticks and more strips of balsa wood.  It's not ideal but it's working for now.  I drilled holes in the popsicle sticks and then glued them spaced evenly apart to the balsa wood. 

I'm sure I'll come up with improvements and I'm POSITIVE that someone else will have better ideas or suggestions for improvements.  I would love to hear them if you have ideas.  Also, if you do try this, please post pics and let me know any changes/improvements you make.  Cheesy

One day I know that I will want to buy a "real" loom, but for now, this is definitely worth the $22!!
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« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2008 06:49:22 PM »

Thanks so much for the additional info! I'm not sure if I get the warp part, but that's because of my lack of knowledge, not your explanation. Plus, I'm very tired right now!

Did you have to glue any of the parts together, or can it be entirely disassembled? That would be ideal, because then I could put it away when I wasn't using it!

Thanks again!
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