What’s it all about?
The word “chainmail” brings images of medieval knights to mind – but there’s much more to weaving metal rings than just armour! Join this workshop to learn the beautiful, classical Byzantine weave and how to incorporate it in various projects, from jewellery to decorating home-wares.
What will we cover?
We will cover the basics of chainmail – types and gauges of rings used as well as techniques of joining and handling them. Once we’ve mastered those first steps, we’ll move on to the beautiful Byzantine weave and its variations. You’ll learn to weave the classical decorative weave of the Byzantine empire as well as its more minimalistic sibling Dragonscale and a variant designed for the Romanovs. You’ll also learn a few interesting facts from the history of chainmail across the world. After the workshop, you will be able to design and carry out a project based on the family of Byzantine weaves – and you’ll be ready to discover new ones.
You will need to bring a pair of flat nose pliers along with you in order to work with the materials.
Who will be teaching?
Karrie is a self-taught jewellery designer who has recently moved to Melbourne to develop her creative writing skills. This will be her debut class at Laneway Learning, although she has ran workshops in many different places, including a 17th century monastery.