Recycloom (recycled textile loom)

In early summer 2017, Streetcat participated as a node leader for the inaugural Digital Naturalism Conference (or DiNaCon), hosted by Dr. Andrew Quitmeyer in Phuket, Thailand. Streetcat applied her project idea~ the Recycloom ~ in during the call for proposals for DiNaCon in early 2018. Her project idea encompassed building a textile tool that was made from recycled materials and utilized recycled plastics as string for making reused textile objects.

The final design for the loom came from a workshop that Streetcat took in early May 2018 at the Southeastern Fiber Arts Alliance where she built a strap on an inkle loom. The construction of the inkle loom is pretty simple, and Streetcat was able to source all the materials needed to remake it from various places like dumpsters, old woodworking projects, and Home Depot.

Before leaving for Thailand, Streetcat practiced making straps on an inkle loom that she borrowed from SEFAA, made a bunch of plarn, and constructed / deconstructed and packed the recycled loom ~ the Recycloom! ~ for the conference!

Links about the Digital Naturalism Conference




Inkle loom strap practice


Making the Recycloom on my porch in Atlanta


Making plarn at The Bakery


Reconstructing the Recycloom at DiNaCon!


Making textiles on the Diva Andaman pirate ship in Koh Lon Bay


Teaching others how to use the Recycloom and plarn in projects


Filming a how-to video with Andy