Weaving with Wire 1

Instructor:

Joy Raskin

Level: All Skill Levels
Requirements: None
Program: Fall
Status: Closed
Length: 4 Sessions
Tuition: $ 225
Materials: $ 40
Date: September 25, 2013 - October 16, 2013
Time: Every Wednesday at 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Metalwerx

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Explore the wonderful world of weaving wire! Wire is a fascinating, flexible medium that naturally lends itself to weaving and other textile techniques. One of the advantages is that it is a low-tech process that does not require a lot of tools so it can be taken on the road or done in the comfort of a living room!

This introductory class will focus on techniques that can be done with basic hand tools on both small and large scales. Students will be taught how to knit in flat, tubular and freeform orientations using a variety of different gauges of wire.

Get started with the Viking knit, a tubular form which is great for chains, bracelets, and much more. Simple forms of the tabby weave, twining, as well as variations on each technique will be also covered over the course of four weeks.

This course is open to all levels. Students can choose to pursue samples of each technique or do one or two projects incorporating any number of weaves such as jewelry, sculpture, baskets, or other decorative home accessories.

This class is 4 sessions long. Each session is 3 hours. If a make-up class is necessary, it will be held on October 30.

Materials & Tools

There is a materials fee for this class of $40. It includes plenty of 12 to 18 gauge brass/copper wire, as well as 22 to 28 gauge colored copper wire (Parawire).

Students Should Bring:

Metalwerx has many of these tools available for use at class but students may have to share. Bring your own if you prefer.

  • Favorite pliers (chain nose, round nose, flat nose)
  • Wire cutters
  • Scribe or centerpunch - a tool with a narrow, sharp point like a large needle
  • Optivisors, if necessary
  • Any beads ( seed beads, small beads) to add as decoration
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