I've been becoming more and more interested in weaving, seeing so many beautiful projects at Craftster and elsewhere. I spent some time looking into looms. Turns out they're a bit more (a lot more) than I could justify spending on another new craft. So, I made my own. I studied the Knitter's Loom at Ashford (there is a slideshow that shows really detailed pics and instructions on warping!) and made a stop at Rona to buy supplies.
10' of 1" PVC pipe, 8 elbows, 2 t-joints for $22.59 (incl. tax). A lot of figuring out as I went and voila:
I used crochet cotton for the warp and some handspun/handdyed Ingeo (made from stuffing purchased at Walmart)(haha) for the weft. The "rigid" (not really rigid enough) heddle I made from a piece of plastic needlework canvas. I need to come up with a better solution or just buy a heddle somewhere as there are spots where it catches and it's not really rigid enough. It works, but it's a struggle.
Considering that I've never seen a loom in real life, I think it turned out pretty good. Now to experiment... Whee!!