How to Make a Circular Loom From PVC Pipe

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Items needed

PVC pipe (I used a 5 foot long 1/2" Shark bite water pipe which is softer and easier to bend)

a connecting piece that fits the pipe

tape preferably something like painters tape and gorilla type tape , or pipe glue in place of the gorilla tape

If using thicker PVC pipe Items needed

heat gun

sand

Step 1:

Bend the pipe.

If it does not easily bend, seal off one end and pack it tight with sand. Seal the other end and use the heat gun to get the plastic soft. Do this in a very well ventilated area, preferably outside. Once the pipe begins to soften or slouch, gently bend it into a circle. The sand inside is to keep it from collapsing when it is bent. I probably should have heated the pipe I used. You will see in the pictures how it is not a the best circle. Yet it still works fine as a circular loom.

Step 2:

Once the pipe is bent into a circle, use the connecting piece to hold the two ends together. I used a different brand connector and it was kind of loose so I wrapped the ends with some tape to help. Then I wrapped the outside with gorilla type tape to be sure it would not come loose while I weave. Duct tape would probably work fine as well.

I then folded painters tape in half sticky side out and wrapped it all around the outside of the loom. This was to keep the yarn from sliding around while weaving. Then I began wrapping the yarn around the tape a few times to start loading the loom. The diameter should be roughly 20 inches if you used a 5 foot long piece of pipe.

Step 3:

Once the yarn is completely loaded, the middle may look a little disturbing.

This is fixed by wrapping the thread around the middle portion a few times. At this point type it off leaving a decent amount hanging to make sure it does not unravel while weaving. This part can easily be woven in at the beginning.

Step 4:

The loom is now complete and ready to start weaving your favorite rag strips onto.

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