Monday, December 1, 2008

Knit and Crochet Wire Jewelry Tutorial and Books

By on Monday, December 01, 2008 12 Comments

This was Bernadette's very first attempt at wire crochet at a recent workshop. She chose brown square mother of pearl tiles as well as amber chips. Those amber chips were small so Bernadette found she took an awful long time to string them on the copper wire. As you can see, it was well worth the effort for it is a lovely creation! Every crochet bracelet turns out so differently because the beads used are not the same.



This form of wire crochet with braiding is an easy technique even if you've never done yarn crochet before. Here is a video tutorial for a wire crochet necklace which shows you how it is done.



If you are willing to learn more wire crochet and knit techniques, there are books on the subject. One is Nancie Wisemen's Crochet with Wire. Kate Pullen's Wire Jewellery: 25 Crochet and Knit Wire Designs to Make is also another book to explore techniques borrowed from another medium. The projects featured utilise actual crochet and knit stitches. The resulting somewhat irregular look of wire jewelry may not appeal to everyone. But if you like funky, go for it!



I find knitting with fine wire rather "scratchy" compared to wool knitting. It must be the clash of metal wire on my stainless steel knitting needles. I honestly cannot do two projects in a row because it would grate my teeth to do so! Below is one of my own designs which I just uploaded in my Jewelrygeeks virtual studio.



Beader Designs #: 433-434

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12 comments:

  1. Lovely. I haven't tried wire crochet or knitting yet. Maybe over the winter I can give it a try. Nice work.
    Lois
    http://www.abeadedaffair.com

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  2. It looks so pretty. I'm not going to try it however. While on vacation I tried wire Kumihimo. Now I usually have patience but, it ended up a wire mess in the trash. Scratchy, yes, hard to manipulate, yes. Having said all that I really may try again because it is so pretty.
    Bev

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  3. Oh, yeah. I'm going to learn this. I am an avid crocheter who loves to make jewelry. Like the perfect marriage.... this is a match made in Heaven. I'll let you know how it works for me.

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous. I love to crochet and knit. I never thought of combining it with my jewelry making. I am just starting on putting beads into my wire wrap.
    Thanks a million for a great idea.

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  5. Can a great idea ...

    Below you should see my work address of mine ... ... waiting for your visit:))

    http://niltursamatamerkezi.blogspot.com/

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  6. Works so good I follow on after that ...

    http://niltursamatamerkezi.blogspot.com/

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  7. Glad it helped. I just visited. You do make pretty jewelry!

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  8. I hope my comment went through okay as my computer had one of its hiccups just after I entered the word verification and hit submit.(think it's getting time to retire this old PC as it's been making some odd noises lately and doing some weird things). :(

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  9. Very nice. Hard to believe it was Bernadette's first attempt at crocheting wire. I have never tried crocheting with wire, but after watching the video, it looks so easy, and its so pretty. I'm going to have to give it a try.
    Linda

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  10. The bead and single chain style of wire crochet is the easiest. Try learning to crochet other stitches with yarn first before moving on to experimenting with wire.

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  11. Great tutorial! I have had the materials to do this for a couple years now; I didn't know it was that easy! Thanks : )

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  12. Perhaps after you start with this, you can try out other crochet stitches!

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