Build a PVC tapestry loom with tension control

 
 
Past student work from a two-day Introduction to Tapestry workshop

Past student work from a two-day Introduction to Tapestry workshop

 

A few years ago, when I was living in Jersey City and a stay-at-home mom to my 2-year-old son Sam I shared a DIY video on how to build a PVC tapestry loom with tension control. Until then I had been offering this exact loom as a more economical option in my tapestry weaving classes, but the more classes I taught the less okay I felt with putting so much plastic out into the world. My big question was, “how many of my students are continuing to use the loom after my class?”

So, in an effort to reduce my contribution to plastic waste but continue to offer an affordable option I discontinued selling these to my students and made this video as an option for my students to make their own. I figure people might be more invested in the loom if they’ve made it with their own hands.

See below for the video of me doing my best to make a video with a two year old in tow (which is why there’s text in lieu of narration).

I am teaching a short Intro to Tapestry in Kelowna on June 1st at Yarn Okanagan. Students can bring their own loom (or make their own!) for a reduced materials fee, or buy any Mirrix Loom from us for a $40 discount!

Feel free to email me: janna (at) everleayarn.ca for any questions! Join our mailing list to be notified when registration begins (I don’t know that answer yet)

Watch the video below for instruction on how to build a PVC tapestry loom with tension control.

For materials you will need:

  • Six 12” long PVC pipes which are 1/2” in diameter

  • Four PVC 90 degree elbows which are 1/2” in diameter

  • Two 1/2” threaded metal rods which are 12” long

  • 4 half inch nuts (or two nuts and two wing nuts for ease in increasing tension with your hands)

  • Superglue