Prerequisite: None, but some previous wire experience is strongly recommended.
Class Limit: 10
Class Duration: 6 Hours
Fee: $15 payable to the instructor
Viking weave is a centuries old technique of weaving and drawing wire. It is an ideal way to create a big, bold look with less weight and metal cost.
JonAnn Shackford has been creating Viking weave designs for over 20 years, and will be teaching a unique “flat clock” technique that she has created over years of experimentation that produces even smooth weaving with proper ergonomics to avoid hand fatigue. There will be in depth discussion of the nature of working with wire and keeping it tangle free, troubleshooting dropped stiches, kinks, and uneven weaving issues. Weaving with craft wire and why it is not recommended will also be discussed.
Students will learn how to create the weave using “old school” hex wrenches and using the double weave Viking pattern. Other products on the market for creating Viking weave such as the Lazee Daizee will be demonstrated and discussed. Since everyone will weave slightly different, students will be shown how to document their weaving patterns to have a reference for future projects and materials purchase. Different methods to cap the ends of the weave using hand fabricated end caps, precious metal clay cap fabrication, wire caps, and store purchased caps will be discussed, and students will be shown how to create an end cap with wire when no prefabricated option is available, and will also be shown how to metalsmith a basic hook. Those who wish to take Darlene Armstrong’s Handmade End Caps class will be shown how to get the right size silver tubing for their woven chain.
Depending on weaving speed, students should be able to complete at least one woven bracelet length and possibly start another. Students may wish to purchase extra silver to continue their weaving to necklace length at home.