Sunday, February 1, 2009

Viking Knit is about the neatest way to use wire I've ever encountered. I like doing it so much that I make custom wooden paddles for other artists and bead shops. Teaching Viking Knit is fun - well, actually - teaching is fun in general. Ever since I've been making the paddles I have met a great group of teachers and from these customers I have made many a great friendship. Everyone, once they try it - "GETS" doing Viking Knit. Because it's really not beyond any one's skill set.

Recently I received an email from Beading Daily about Viking Knit. It's a very informative article with lots of references. This stuff is really catching on! It's great to use with handmade beads or all by itself in bracelets, necklaces, and earrings. There are even free downloads about finishing your Viking Knit pieces By Kathleen Pierce.

I’d also like to introduce you to the artistic work of Diana Frey, although I am sure you will immediately recognize her work when you use the link to her blog. Diana is an acquaintance of mine through Etsy. She purchased a Viking Knit Kit and has added her incredible talent to the humble knit and is now teaching it to others. I thought everyone who stops by here would certainly enjoy seeing her art, who wouldn't! It’s inspirational and has a romantic mystic about it. Not sappy; but clean, beautiful and well crafted. Above are a few photos from Diana’s blog site . If you get an opportunity to visit and leave her a quick note you’d been there I’m sure she’d enjoy it. What artist doesn't enjoy feedback? And, thanks Diana for being willing to share!


Louise@fireseed said...

Sharon I absolutely adore Viking knit! I've only tried it a couple of times with junk wire but it's definitely one of those things I'd like to do more of. Maybe I'll step up to copper!
I have been eyeing your kits for a while.
Thanks for the informative post and I'll now go check out Diana's site!

rosebud101 said...

Sharon, you have so many great resources. Thank you for sharing. I love viking knit, too. Maybe we can knit at the b & b show!

susanlambert said...

sharon's kits are the bomb!

Right Turn ArtWerks said...

Hi Everyone! Mallory, without a doubt I will show you at Bead and Button. Louise, definitely try the copper wire - use 24 gauge and I've seen some great bracelets made with "artistic wire" - I think that is the brand name. The colors are great. I saw a fabulous Christmas bracelet made with the red wire/ silver caps/ some Bali and a glass bead peppermint candy. So don't count the junk wire out yet. Susan - Thanks!