Knitting & Weaving with Wire
For those who wish to do the three wire courses I will be running in Melbourne in September I give you the option of enrolling in all three at a discounted price. Over the five days we will explore three techniques which work well with wire: Tablet weaving, knitting with a crochet hook and Viking knitting. The descriptions of each workshop are here below:
Sculptural Knitted Wire Jewellery
Knitting metal wire in the traditional way with two needles or even on a spool or knitting Nancy results in a very open knit as wire is not elastic in the way that yarn is. During this workshop, we will explore an alternative technique of knitting wire which allows you to knit beautiful 3D forms with greater control over the size of the stitches and texture of the knit than traditional knitting. We will begin with a sample to learn how to cast on, knit and cast off.
We will work on a small project of sculptural knitted beads and experiment with different ways of using them in jewellery.
Knit like a Viking!
During this workshop the participants will learn the two stitches of an ancient wire knitting technique which is known as “Viking Knit”. During the morning, the participants will make samples of the two main stitches to understand the principle behind the technique and get used to working with metal wire. In the afternoon, each participant will make their very own Viking Knit bangle to take home.
This workshop aims to introduce weavers to the challenge of weaving both flat and tubular fabrics in fine wire. Tablet weaving is particularly suited to wire, and we will explore a variety of techniques to help manage the peculiarities of weaving metal and to see which ones give the most interesting effects. Students will learn to set up a warp using tablets and wire and after weaving a sample will design and make two bangles: one in a flat and the other in a tubular weave.
What you will learn
- to weave both flat and tubular fabrics in fine wire
- a variety of techniques to help manage the peculiarities of weaving metal
- to set up a warp using tablets and wire and weave a sample and bangles
What you will take home:
- Kit including tablets and a shuttle
- two bangles: one in a flat and the other in a tubular weave
Date: 17-21 January, 2020
Fee: $550 (includes GST & materials)
Location: The Hub @ Docklands, 80 Harbour Esplanade Docklands, Melbourne
Timetable: 9:30 – 16:30