This project has been republished with the permission of the author. The original
project can be found in the book Kids Weaving by Sarah Swett. If you enjoy weaving and
children, please consider purchasing a copy of this book.
Many thanks to Sarah for her generosity.
Assembling the Loom
Putting your loom together is a straightforward
job. As you put the pieces together,
label each part neatly with a permanent
marker; this will make the warping and
weaving instructions easier to follow. Refer
Locate all of the pieces on the materials
list and lay them out in a big open space
where you can comfortably assemble your
loom. Keep all of the same types of pieces
together at this point-for example, keep
all of the 8" pieces of PVC pipe together.
Make the Side Bars: Use one of the
smaller Tees (") to connect a 20" piece of
pipe to an 8" piece of pipe lengthwise, end
to end. Make another one. These 29"-long
pieces are your side bars. Label them.
Make the Top Bar: Put a " elbow on
each end of one of the 14" pieces of pipe.
This is your top bar. Label it.
Connect the Side Bars to the Top Bar:
Put the top bar elbows onto the ends of
the 8" pieces of pipe on the side bars. The
whole frame will look like an upside down U
at this point.
Make the Cloth Bar: Put the small opening
of the 1" x 1" X " Tees on to both ends
of the 13 " piece of
" pipe. (If using the 3/4 Slip Tees then put the piece of pipe in the connection side of the Tee). Label it.
Slide the cloth bar onto the open ends of
the side bars (the open end of the U).
Make the Bottom Frame Bar: Put one
" Tee on each end of one of the 14" pieces of
pipe. This is your bottom frame bar. Label it.
Put the bottom frame bar onto the open
ends of the side bars. The cloth bar can now
slide up and down the side bars without
Make Feet: Put a 2" piece of pipe into the
shortest segment of one " Tee. Repeat with the remaining " Tee and 2" piece of pipe.
Put an 8" piece of pipe in each of the open
ends of each T. Put the 2" piece of pipe into
each T on the end of the bottom frame bar.
You can now stand your loom on its feet.
Make the Heddle Frame: Put the last 2
elbows onto one end of each of the two 2"
pieces of pipe. Put the pieces of pipe you
just assembled into the T's that stick out in
the middle of the side bars so that the open
holes of the elbow joints are facing each
other. Label it.
Heddle Bar: There should be one 14"
piece left. It is the heddle bar. Label it and
set it aside until later.
Warp Bar and Big Shed Stick: The 11"
piece of dowel is your big shed stick. The 13"
piece of dowel is your warp bar. Label them
and set aside until later (they are both used
for projects in Chapter 4 of the Kids Weaving book).
When everything is in its place and your
loom looks like the illustrations above, push
firmly on every joint to make sure that your
loom is as solid as it can be.
We were inspired during a trip to France with creating a garden arched walkway. Commonly called Monet's Arch, these structures aren't available commercially in anything but small sections, but we wanted a 50ft walkway. So we created one with pipe, Kee Klamp fittings and some powder coating.