Wire-weaving can give your jewelry drama and texture.
Wire-weaving can add a whole new look by incorporating texture into our jewelry-making.
One of my closest friends is a textile weaver. I have always admired her work and how she creates intricate textures based on a simple concept in which two different sets of threads or yarns called the warp, and the weft are interlaced with each other.
Since I have a natural attraction to textures, I decided to incorporate interlacing wire and metal into my jewelry-making designs.
This is what I learned:
First of all, it is FUN!
Second, I did a lot of reading and spent a lot of time researching before I actually started.
This is the part of that I want to share with you.
First let’s learn some basic terminology.
Warp is a set of parallel yarns or threads that are stretched tightly across a loom to create a firm base for the fabric. Yes, it is like creating sterling-silver fabric using these techniques.
Weft is a separate yarn or thread that is worked at right angles to the warp. The weft is woven over and under the warp threads on one row, and then under and over the same threads on the next row. This alternating pattern interlocks the threads to create the woven fabric.
in jewelry design, you can use metal sheet or wire for weaving. I personally prefer using wire.
One important thing to know when integrating wire-weaving into your work, that you will be manipulating the wire constantly.
When wire is manipulated it tends to harden. That is why you will soon learn that it is best to work with 20 to 22 gauge dead soft
wire is much too soft and tends to break easily.
The other important thing to know is that you can save time and MONEY by always measuring your weaving-wire cautiously.
Start by practicing with wire weaving with thin-gauge copper wire. It comes in many different colors that can be incorporated into intricate and fun designs. Try designing jewelry with 26-32 gauge colored copper for weaving, knitting and crocheting.
To learn more about how to work with wire, read the information article found on
I bought one of the most helpful tools from
Whole Lotta Whimsy
This video tutorial is what got me started in this new journey.