What you will do
6 hour workshop
Suitable for Beginners. Viking Weave gives a result similar to French-Knitting but is woven by hand around a rod former. This means that you can use much thicker wire giving a very sturdy, sinuous tubular chain - no viking helmets required!
I have kept the project fairly simple so beginners can achieve a finished item in a day - either a necklace or hoop earrings - but with a stitch modification and further practice it is possible to achieve very strong yet flexible silver chains fit to grace any proud Viking's burial hoard...
We will cover the following tasks on the day:
how to create a ‘petal’ starter to guide your stitches
how to position and attach your starter to the former
how to weave stitches around your former
how to change colour and join in new sections of wire
how to magically transform your tubular weaving with a wooden drawplate - it's magic!
how to finish off your piece and attach fittings
I will also demonstrate several stitch variations for you to try for yourself after the class, or if you have time left over.
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About your host, Teri Howes Jewellery
Teri established her studio at the renowned Cockpit Arts Studios, London in 2006. Trained originally as a Graphic Designer she retrained as a jeweller at Kensington & Chelsea College where she drew on her childhood love of all things textile, kindled by the treasures of her mothers sewing room.
Her signature crochet and knitting techniques use precious metal wire less than a millimetre thick. Fluid lines and sinuous curves emerge, adorned with stitches of silver and gold. Rich textures reflect pinpoints of light. Capturing tiny diamonds in individual stitches, she transforms strong, hard metal into unexpectedly soft, sensuous forms that inspire wonder and beg to be touched.
Her jewellery redefines the art of crochet for the 21st Century and is entirely handmade with a conscious rejection of mechanised jewellery production. Making by hand is her quiet, gentle rebellion against today's world of instant everything.
She says of her work: "Working with antique crochet hooks, found or donated, I feel connected to previous generations of crocheters. Having run my own crochet jewellery classes for the past ten years and through my annual courses at West Dean College, I have taught over 400 people to crochet, breathing new life into this historic pastime".
Nestled in the heart of Bloomsbury, Cockpit Arts is one of London's best kept secrets. Tucked just behind Gray's Inn Rd, this much loved, warehouse building is host to around 75 extraordinary makers, each selected by a rigorous application process.
From her studio Teri runs a series of one-day workshops teaching the specialist wire techniques she has mastered in her eighteen years as a jeweller. Classes include 3 different levels of Wire Crochet techniques as well as French Knitting and Viking Weave.
Each project has been designed to produce a completed piece of jewellery in a day.
If you have any questions, please contact me using the ‘contact host’ button on the website page.
All your materials are provided, including large knitting needle, a large choice of coloured wire, silver-plated wire, coloured wire necklet or silver ear hoops, 2-hole wooden Draw-plate - and a step-by-step project book to keep. With small class sizes individual instruction is possible, so no-one is left struggling on their own. Take home whatever you have left to carry on making at home. Information is given on materials, suppliers and suggested reading. If you wear glasses for close-up work you will need to bring them. All tools will be provided. Classes run from 10.30-4.30pm. We break for lunch at 1pm for an hour - you are welcome to bring your own lunch or pop out to the nearby shops and cafés. Free tea, coffee and biscuits are available throughout the day.
All students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
Flexible cancellation policy
Any class can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase. See cancellation policy.