Introduction to Viking Knitting

Skill Level

Beginner

Class Length

3 Hours

Description

Viking Knitting. Working with fine, flexible brass and/or copper wire, participants will learn the stitch used in Viking Knitting. Unlike traditional knitting, no needles are used and no prior experience is needed. Students will make small sections of knit that can be used in a bracelet, keychain or earrings. Techniques for using a drawn plate will be taught, and how to assemble jewelry items will be demonstrated. Participants can bring interesting beads to incorporate in their piece. Some beads and findings will be available for sale. The focus is learning the technique of Viking Knitting. The finished piece depends on the success of learning the technique.

Fees

Registration Fee $40
Materials Fee $15

Materials Fee includes: wire, small findings, beads, handouts.

Students to Bring

  • Small wire cutter (nail clippers will work)
  • Small needle nose jewelry or other small pliers

Instructor Bio

Barb Cabral

Barbara Cabral received her MA from the U of Akron researching the use of madder in Ohio coverlets. She lectures on textile topics including Natural Dyes, Estonian knitting, Working with Lotus Fiber, Khmer Hol, Brocade Weaving in Thailand and Pictorial needle felting. Her diverse work has been exhibited in OH since the early 80's and more recently in Fl. In 2020 she received 1st place in the HGA fashion show “Seasons of the Smokies” for a woven and needle felted cloak. Raising silkworms since 2013 led her to visit Thailand and Cambodia visiting many textile venues, meeting with weavers, dyers, golden silkworm farmers and conservators. She continues to visit Cambodia to study Khmer Hol (Ikat) and is now available for lectures and workshops on Khmer weaving.

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