Due to COVID-19, FTWG cancelled its 2020 Conference one week before it was scheduled to start. As a result, this miniclass was not taught in 2020.

Viking Knitting Essentials

Skill Level


Required Skills:

    Class Schedule

    3 Hours


      Students will use Viking Knitting techniques to make samples from brass wire. We will also discuss the use of other metals and gauges of wire. Students will use a draw plate to smooth the work and adjust the gauge. We will explore methods for inserting decorative stones in the knit and different methods of finishing the ends.


      Registration Fee $35
      Materials Fee $5

      Materials Fee includes: Includes brass wire, dowel rods, handouts, jump rings, and beads.

      Students to Bring

      • Small wire cutter (nail clippers will work)
      • Jewelry pliers (optional)

      Instructor Bio

      Barbara Cabral received her MA from the University of Akron researching the use of madder in Ohio coverlets. She has taught Contemporary Needle Arts at the University of Akron and in Tallin, Estonia, where she collected Estonian and traditional card-weaving textiles. She lectures on textile topics including Pictorial Needle Felting, Khmer Hol (Ikat), Natural Dyes, Sewing with Handwoven Fabric, Working with Lotus Fiber, and Estonian Knitting.

      Since the early 1980s, her work has been exhibited in Ohio and in Florida. In 2020, she received 1st place in the HGA fashion show Seasons of the Smokies for a woven and needle-felted cloak. In 2022, her woven and needle-felted vest and hat were also included in the HGA Convergence fashion show. She now shares these award-winning techniques in workshops and lectures.

      Raising silkworms since 2013 led her to travel to Thailand and Cambodia where she visited textile venues and met with weavers, dyers, golden silkworm farmers, and conservators. She continues to travel to Cambodia to study Khmer Hol (Ikat) and enjoys presenting workshops & lectures on Khmer weaving.


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