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Finally: Building 4-Shaft and 8-Shaft PVC Looms

This took a lot longer to work out than I anticipated.  The problem in making the 4-shaft version into an 8-shaft loom is the length between the front and back beams.  There is plenty of room for the 4 shafts.  … Continue reading

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Taking time out to knit a baby blanket

Greetings! I finally finished this entrelac-style baby blanket.  I’m now a GrandUncle, if there is such a thing.  My oldest niece had a baby – Liam – last June.  Since the February before that I have been knitting and knitting … Continue reading

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Our Grand Tradition of Weaving

One Hundred and Seventy Five years ago, on April 20th, 1837, Mr. Erastus B. Bigelow, of West Boylston, Massachusetts was awarded a patent for a “Power-Loom for weaving coach-lace and other similar fabrics”.  The number of the patent was 169.  … Continue reading

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Hopsack Weave

While testing the PVC Loom in preparation for the final release of the book, I decided to experiment with hopsack.  This draft is not used much, but offers a lot of contrast and pattern variation with little effort.  With hopsack, … Continue reading

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What kind of loom is the 4-Shaft PVC Loom?

Many people have asked me this question.  The 4-Shaft PVC Loom is a rising shed Jack Loom.  Jack Looms typically hold the warp threads down approx. 1 inch below the imaginary line between the front and back beams.  When one … Continue reading

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Breaking Down your PVC Loom

Many people have asked if the PVC Loom is portable and can fold or break apart for moving and storage.  The answer depends on how much of the loom frame is glued. To allow the PVC Loom to break down … Continue reading

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Is it difficult to build a PVC Loom?

NO!  You can go from tubes to complete frame in minutes.  The photo on the left shows the PVC frame tubes cut and ready to go.  It takes less than an hour to cut the tubes, sand/file the ends smooth, … Continue reading

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Printing the eBook

I’ve had several people contact me asking about printing the eBook version of the PVC Loom book. It’s actually quite easy to do using some really great free software. Calibre is a free eBook Reader and Management software product. http://calibre-ebook.com/ … Continue reading

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New eBook Version of Building A 4-Shaft PVC Loom

Barns & Noble, and others, are selling the eBook version.  Lulu.com is also selling it, which you can find here. Many people have been asking for this, and now it’s finally here!  Happy weaving!

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Comments are back

I found the switch that activates the comments. I had turned it off by accident. So, if anyone cares to comment on the posts in this blog, please do so. 🙂

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