Introduction: PVC Niddy Noddy

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A niddy-noddy is a tool used by crafters for making skeins of yarn. Typically made of wood, niddy-noddy prices start around $10 and go up from there. This Instructable will show you how to make a PVC Pipe niddy-noddy for less than $5. There's no right or wrong size for a niddy-noddy, you can do bigger or smaller. For these prices, you can have a few in different sizes.

Step 1: BoM

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2ft PVC pipe cut into 4 equal sized sections and one longer section.

2 T-connectors

4 caps

Glue *optional*


Step 2: PVC Pipe

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A 1/2" or 3/4" diameter pvc pipe will work great for a niddy noddy and you can have the pipe cut down to your size specifications. At my local Home Depot a 2ft 1/2" pvc pipe is $1.32. I had someone cut the pipe into four equal sections and one 7" section.

One of the nice things about using PVC Pipe over wood, you can change the length of the center pipe to make your niddy-noddy shorter or longer.

Step 3: Fittings

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Slide the 4 equal size pipes into the T-Connector and then cap the ends. The caps have dual purpose. The first, is to make the niddy-noddy waterproof (which makes setting the twist that much easier). The second, to prevent yarn from sliding off the ends.

The T-Connectors were $.34 each and the caps were $.38.

Step 4: Connect & Twist

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Attach the longest pipe into the T-Connectors and twist! You've got an extremely low cost, waterproof niddy-noddy!

Step 5: Wrap!

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Once you're done spinning your fiber, you can wrap! Start in the center, holding the yarn end in your non-dominant hand and bring the yarn down and under one of the bottom arms. Bring the yarn up and over the single arm resting against the table and then back down under the opposite bottom arm. Bring the yarn up and over the arm sticking out into the air and then back down under the bottom arm you originally started with. Continue this until all your wrap is wrapped.


mrsmerwin (author)2017-06-03

Then you pull one arm from the t-connector to remove the skein of yarn???

JRvZ (author)2017-06-02

In South Africa they make these in concrete and use them to make breakwaters & piers - we call them "dolosse".

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