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A tubular fabric produced by a "circular" method but with parallel spokes

A tubular fabric produced by spiral plaiting

another spiral

Here we describe a spiral plaiting method made popular by Patty and Royal Sorell. It is a bit faster than the circular method and is more convenient for making tubular fabrics. Patty and Royal refer to this as gymping.

As in the circular weaving method, any number of balloons can be used to start. In the example here, we will use 4 balloons. Twist two balloons together with one inch bubbles at the ends.

Start of spiral

Make a one inch bubble in the third balloon. Attach it a few inches from the first twist on one of the other balloons. Continue this way, adding the fourth balloon, to the one previously attached.

Step 2
With all four balloons already attached, the first balloon will now be connected to the fourth balloon.

Step 3

This process is repeated. Balloon 2 is connected to balloon 1. 3 is connected to 2. 4 is connected to 3. 1 is connected to 4 again. If bubble sizes are consistent, this will form a tube.

See a video clip demonstrating the information on this page.

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