Woven wire book?

I am fascinated by woven wire bracelets and necklaces but have never
tried it. I’ve seen a couple of pictures where it looks like a form
can be either purchased or made using finish nails and spools, sort
of like the crocheting we did in scouts. Since we don’t seem to have
any classes on this technique in our area can anyone recommend a book
either devoted to the subject or having a good section on it?

Larry Loban

Hi Larry and all,

I highly recommend the following book for weaving wire:

Great Wire Jewelry: Projects & Techniques by Irene From Peterson

Great Wire Jewelry: Projects & Techniques
By Irene From Petersen

Price: $14.95

Media: Hardcover
Manufacturer: Sterling Publishing
Release data: 31 December, 1999

Good luck!

Jeanne M. Bellone
Vintage Treasures (est. June 2001)


The best book I’ve found on this subject is “Textile Techniques in
Metal” by Arlene Fisch. I used the book for my first woven project
and found it very helpful and easy to follow.

Textile Techniques in Metal: 
For Jewelers, Textile Artists & Sculptors
By Arline Fisch

Price: $29.95

Media: Hardcover
Manufacturer: Lark
Release data: December, 2001

Tammy Kirks
Red Bee Designs

Some of the woven wire necklaces you see are actually crocheted or
knitted, just using fine wire instead of thread/yarn.

One book that is will tell you about the spool version is Wire
Knitting on a Spool by Sharon Hessoun. I have not tried this book,

One book I do have and heartily recommend is Woven Wire Jewelry by
Linda Chandler and Christine Ritchey. This is really weaving and
braiding the wire to create some stunning bracelets and necklaces. No
affiliation but some beautiful work.

There are many sources of fun wire wrap stuff on the internet. If
you want more sources, please email me off list and I will be happy
to provide them.

CeltCraft Beads & Jewelry

Hi Larry,

The form you refer to is for spool knitting, not weaving. You don’t
need a book to learn that, especially since you already learned how
in scouts. I suspect there are many places on line that have posted
instructions, but here is one to begin with:
Microsoft OneDrive - Access files anywhere. Create docs with free Office Online. You might want to
go to a toy store and buy the plastic version of what you used in
scouts–plastic is easier on wire than metal. An uneven number of
pins will also give you a rounder profile.

However, if you are interested in textile processes in general, the
classic is Arline Fisch’s book, which does include a section on
spool knitting, and is one of my favorite books of all time:

You can usually get it from the library; be sure to get the ~1995
(or later) reissue, so that you can look at the gorgeous color
photos. If you are specifically interested in weaving with wire,
you might also want to check out the projects in a new book that
focuses on that, which you will see, just below Fisch’s book, on
the page cited above.

Also, it looks like you’re in Sacramento. If you want to take
classes in the Bay Area, there are numerous ones here. Email me off

Have fun!

Lisa Orlando
Aphrodite’s Ornaments


You didn’t say what area you’re in. I haven’t finished my book yet,
but I do teach people to weave (well tie) wire to make jewelry. I
just finished a tour of the midwest, Chicago, St Paul, Kansas City,
Little Rock, and I intend to do a lot more traveling as time goes on.


Hi Larry,

It sounds to me like the chains you’ve seen are one of two types:
knitting (spool or otherwise) or loop-in-loop chain. Good knitted
chains are often very similar in appearance to loop-in-loop chains.
For some reason, the latter are often referred to as woven chain,
even though there’s really no “weaving” involved. Maybe it just
refers to the way the loops cross over/through one another…anyway,
since others have already provided good spool-knitting resources, I’d
like to suggest Jean Reist Stark’s book, “Classical Loop-in-Loop
Chains,” as a great starting place for the latter technique. The
illustrations are clear and the directions are simple to follow. The
book covers a wide variety of loop-in-loop chains, from the simple
“money” chain to elaborate, tapered collars.

Having said all that, I’ll admit that spool knitting is probably a
lot faster and easier if you’re looking for instant gratification -
I tried it about a year ago (thanks, Carree in Bangkok!) and am now a
spool-knitting addict. You know the adage about idle hands? Here’s a

Jessee Smith
Cincinnati, Ohio