Viking Knitting Jewellery Making - Workshop

Duration: 6 hours

Price: £100

Run by: Sue Alford
at Weewoo Designs

01495 752036

Park Buildings
Park Road

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About the Course

The workshop is being held in Pontypool Museum an easy to find location in the heart of Pontypool. The workshop will enable a participant to understand the principles behind the viking knitting technique and see examples of work that have been created in a range metal wires. The workshop runs from 10am until 4.00pm, there are spaces for 3 students this ensures that each student receives the support they require to create the tools and length of woven wire, and can attempt to create a necklace or bracelet. Lunch is provided, the site has full disabled access and parking is freely available on site, collection from the local railway station (Pontypool / New Inn) can be provided.

The aim of the session is to provide the student with an understanding of the history behind the viking knitting technique, the ability to create knitting tools from everyday household items. The develop the skills required to create a knitted wire necklace and finally make basic finding that will complete the piece. It will be fun and very practical, all hands on.

The student will take home:
A) Knitting skills
B) Knitting tools
C) Spare wire
D) Piece of completed jewellery

Student Abilities
The session is aimed at people that have an interest in jewellery making. Ideally the student will have experience of using hand tools as there will be a wide range of hand tools used in the process, but this is not essential. The trainer will coach all students through the process from start to finish, after taking part in this session the student will have skills that can be applied across jewellery making as a whole.

The programme for the sessions includes:

1) Knitting tools
A) Branded tools
B) Making your own tools (practical Session)
C) Hand tool use and design

2) Selection of wires
A) Size and hardness
B) Metal Type - copper, steel, brass, silver (solid, rolled, plated)

3) Basic weaving techniques (practical session)
A) Weaving
B) Adding extra wire
C) Ending the weave
D) Stretching
E) Support wires

4) Knitting Session (practical session)

5) Findings - Finishing the piece
A) Clasps
B) Jump rings
C) Necklet wires with eyelets
D) Coils and cone making

The Trainer is an experienced jewellery maker and trainer, he has worked for a number of organisations within Wales delivering training on a range of subjects, including IT and Health and safety. He focuses on his interest area which is jewellery making and provides a range of specialist sessions on jewellery making including, silversmithing for beginners.

Terms & Conditions
All materials and safety equipment (eye protection and gloves) will be provided, the site has full disabled access, drinks and meals are provided. No refunds of fee payments will be made on student cancellation of attendance. No persons under the age of 16 years unless accompanied by an adult can participate in the session.

Payment must be made prior to the start date of the course to reserve the students place on the course. The course fees can be paid in the following ways:

1) Gift voucher
2) Via a paypal invoice on request
3) Credit/Debit Card payment by phoning Pontypool Museum
4) Cash payment at Pontypool Museum

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and equipment will be provided. The student will take away a tool kit that they can use at home to develop their skills further. A buffet lunch is included and refreshments throughout the day. There is plenty of parking at the site and if required students can be collected from Cwmbran Railway Station.

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

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