Hoops for People

Back from the Wellness Expo, I actually got two orders to make hoops for people.  One was for a child, the grandson of employee in one of the other offices.  His is the green and black one.  The tape on that one has sunglasses on it and the lenses are silver.  Kinda of cool, and I think it’s a good design for a boy.

The other, larger adult hoop, was for my friend Steph.  She was very determined at the Wellness Expo to keep that hoop spinning on her waist, which she did.  She asked me to make her a hoop so she could have something to do inside her house while she watches TV and when the weather gets cold.  I was happy to deliver.

If you ever get a chance to get a Mystery Tape Pack from HoopSupplies.com, DO IT.  I got some awesome new tape from them that I used on Steph’s hoop.  When she came by to pick it up this morning, she said it reminded her of flames on a vintage car, which she absolutely loves.  Yay!  I’m so glad she likes her new hoop!

The other two hoops?  Those are my office hoops.

I’m glad I got to make hoops for other people.  It feels good. 

Hoop Making!

I didn’t get to any actual hooping this weekend, but I sure did make a lot of them!  I had a 100 ft. coil of 160 psi tube and a lot of pretty tapes that because hoops for different people and events.  The first, and the best one I felt I made, was for Joan, which I had the pleasure of giving her hoop to her on Saturday.

The dog?  That is Domino, Joan’s sister Ellen’s pooch, who was naturally curious about the round purple and blue taped circle on the floor. 

For the work event on the 13th, I made four hoops, one large and one smaller, to be bundles together and raffled.  Well, actually, there was one of each hoop in two bundles, so people can try different sizes and experiment with different ways to hoop.  I also included some hooping exercise facts and instructions on how to hula hoop in with the bundles, too, as you can in my photo in my nondescript office cubicle. 

I made other hoops, too.  I actually covered two in fabric, and will have photos of them later this week.  Those turned out REALLY cool, though I did make a minor mess with them using spray adhesive on them.  I will post photos of the other hoops, too.  Those will probably be extra hoops that I take to jams and for people to try out during the event.  

Makin’ Hoops

I’m the type of person if there is a way to DIY something, I will give it a try, at least once.  I’ve made my own knitting equipment, for example, rather than purchase the tool for twice as much as the parts cost to make it.  Or, I see a craft project and I HAVE to do it, just to see if I CAN do it.

It was only a matter of time before I started to make hoops.

With some advice from Jenny (no duct tape!), and her excellent instructions, I got the tools and supplies I needed to make and tape hoops.  I now own my own pair of ratcheting PVC cutters. 

Saturday morning was like Christmas.  Rather than start Friday when I was tired, I decided to wait until the next morning to start, especially when working with a sharp tool.  I gathered my stuff and got to business. 

I made five hoops from the pipe coil I bought.  I only made five because that how many connectors I had purchased.  I still have some pipe left over, so another trip to the hardware store is in order.

I used electrical tape to tape my hoops.  I also found “laser tape” at the dollar store to make stripes.  It worked decently, surprisingly.  I’m also going to give Washi tape a shot, too. 

Above are two of the hoops I made.  The multi-colored one is for Deb, and the green “laser tape” one is for myself. There’s a third like the color blocked one, too.

It takes A LOT of electrical tape to tape a hoop.  I bought a lot of the black stuff  at the dollar store while the colored stuff is five rolls of different colors for about $10 a shot.

I am having so much fun with this.  It’s going to be fun to make my own custom hoops!