Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Viking Knit

Viking Knit is a centuries-old tradition of hand weaving wire around a mandrel (or form such as a dowel). The series of loops and swags creates a rough looking tube of wire. Once the tube is yanked through a draw plate (a board with multiple hole sizes drilled out), the tube compresses and turns into a most delightful work of wearable art! Voila!

Antique bronze colored copper wire and amazonite beads make a lovely contrast.

These green rings are embellished with freshwater pearls.

The Viking Knit is lightweight and very comfortable to wear. Pairing the wire with different materials really can change the piece from casual to formal and any where in between!