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
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...
), 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
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)
**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.
One day I know that I will want to buy a "real" loom, but for now, this is definitely worth the $22!!