Monday, 19 December 2011

Handmade Monday: Viking weave

Just because it's nearly Christmas doesn't mean I don't keep having mad ideas.  So this week, while everyone else was getting sorted wrapping presents and decorating trees, I decided to learn Viking weave!  Luckily it's very easy to do, but it is quite time consuming, leading me to reflect that the Viking folk must have had plenty of long, dark evenings to fill with no TV distractions!

Fragments of the chain have apparently been found in Viking graves and were sometimes used as currency.  This little bracelet in copper wire is the only finished piece so far. The findings were all hand made too, so don't look too closely!

It's great fun because as you weave the wire looks quite messy and you think you've made a mess of it, but once you start pulling it through the drawplate, a bit of magic happens and it all comes together quite nicely.  Hoping to post a tutorial in the New Year when I've had more practice.  Currently having a go at double knit which is going well considering how awful I was at real knitting ;-)

A couple more makes from this week picture here too.  Hope you like them.  The watermelon tourmaline is a new gemstone for me and I love the range of colours.

So now I'm off to catch up on some of those non-crafty Christmas tasks.  Merry Christmas everyone!

And here's the link to find out what other crafty people have been up to this week.


  1. I just have a picture in my mind now of a Viking taking a break from pillaging to make himself a bracelet:)
    Love your pipe playing men earings.

  2. Wow you must have some patience!! Have a lovely Xmas x

  3. Just looking at your Viking weave makes my head spin thinking about even attempting something like that!!

    Your jewellery is lovely and so unusual - I really really like the snowflake earrings.

    Have a wonderful Christmas

    Ali x

  4. You say it's easy to do, but it looks very complicated to me, lol! But then I'm not a jewellery-maker so that's probably why ;)
    Hope you have a very merry Christmas!
    Zoe x

  5. The snowflake earrings are lovely. I hope you have a very happy Christmas.

  6. I think your mad ideas are great but I am very glad you're making them and not me !!

  7. I love the snowflake earrings. I can't make jewellery so i'm sure that viking weave is quite difficult, especially to people like me! Merry Christmas. x

  8. The Water Melon Tourmaline Gemstone looks really pretty. That Viking Weave bracelet looks stunning and I'm sure you have made it sound easier than it is.
    Happy christmas and New Year to you. Hugs Mrs A.

  9. Ohhh, some lovely pieces there! :-)

  10. Beautiful pieces, the Viking weave certainly looks complicated and difficult to do.
    Wishing you a lovely Christmas and a wonderful 2012.

    Jan x

  11. Love the snowflake earrings! Have a lovely Christmas.
    Jo x

  12. Wow, that viking weave does look complicated! But so pretty too.

  13. You have some fantastic designs here :)

  14. LOve your tutorials..and you work is awesome.As a beginner WRapper, i am in love with it.Ive been making jewelry for some time but as you know u just keep leveling up!! You can never get bored , ever!!wish u were close to me here in South East texas !! dale lillian Mills


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