The greatest gift that I can give to others and myself is my love for creating. My entire career evolved around art. I began as an art major in college and pursued a career as an art teacher for the Linden Public Schools for 36 years.
In the summer of 2011, I took a class named Viking knit. Viking Knit is a tubular wire weave around a dowel which originated with the Vikings. I immediately fell in love with this new art. I loved the flow and movement of the wire and experienced a transcendental feeling that was timeless.
I experimented with Viking Knit by combining several colored wires in different combinations, inserting crystals, adding wire woven minerals and stones and now doing chokers.
The joy that I receive is the reason why I create. When someone tells me that my artwork is beautiful and unique, gives me great pleasure.
My husband and I do many craft shows during the year. All the way from New Jersey down to Virginia.
Check out our schedule of where we are going to be showing.
You'll watch my husband Mark as he demonstrates how we make our chain in the style of the Vikings.
If you can't make one of our shows, look at our inventory and give us a call or email. I will get back to you and we can answer all requests.
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Viking knit is an ancient form of circular wire weaving also known as trichinopoly chain. The term chain is misleading because there are no separate links. The chain is formed with a length of successively looped wire resulting in a long tube, which is then stretched.
It's known as the Viking knit because several archaeological finds dating back to about the 7th century AD were located in the Scandinavian countries like Norway and Sweden.
The Viking knit is still popular today. It's not a particularly difficult technique but it is labor intensive. It is to a certain extent, a forgiving technique because you do not have to do perfect work. There is a very comforting "rhythm" to this technique akin to the repetitive crafts like knitting, tatting and crochet