New Year, New Design.

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018

Flow Jewellery Line – my interpretation of where my knitting and link-making worlds collide.

I have always known that a big part of my reason for choosing chainmaille as my jewellery technique was all the knitting I have done since I was a wee five-year-old.

In my August blog post (which actually didn’t get posted until September) I talked about how I had returned to my knitting roots, picking up my needles after a 28-year-long rest. I predicted that my return would have a big influence on my future jewellery designing. And guess what? It did!  

My new Flow line is the proof of that prediction. And its birth has been a real labour of love. I played around with the jump rings (technical term for a single ring), made a single length of chain and then strung that chain on another larger ring, much like a knitter casts on the first row of stitches onto a needle. I was totally amazed when I realized that combining a knitting approach to a linking project produced what chainmaillers call a “proper 4-in-1 European chainmaille” pattern.

Thanks to my knitting knowledge, I figured out how to “speed up” the beginning of one of the oldest chainmaille patterns by “casting the links on” to a larger piece. And, as an extra bonus, this new technique actually casts on 2 rows of rings at the same time.

Flow Bracelet. If you’re a knitter, look closely. I think it resembles what knitting looks like when you’ve cast on and knit one row. Of course, you have to imagine it “straight” without all the curves.

Many years ago, when I learned how to do “4-in-1 Proper European Chainmaille”, I hated starting it. It was very tedious. Setting up the pattern took a lot of time to get it right because of all the links required to form the pattern. Once started, it was a breeze to continue. So you can  imagine my “little happy dance” when I realized that I had figured out a “starting shortcut”.

With my eureka moment (and happy dance) behind me, I went to town linking a massive amount of “single chain”, so I could play around endlessly with my new-found idea and see what I could come up with. This process captivated my imagination on and off for about a month and I was thrilled to be working this way.  

My next epiphany happened when I figured out how to attach the links seamlessly between each larger circle element.

Flow Shell Pendant on 28” Solo Necklace (sold separately). This design incorporates an inner element connected to a larger element, resulting in this very pleasing “shell” shape.

The shell pendant incorporates more dimension by using the first row of the inner element as the starting point, and then using the second row of that same element as the starting point of the next, larger element.

With this new line – and this new technique – I feel like I am just “scratching” the surface. I am incredibly happy with what I have come up with so far. But I am excited and energized to know there are even more possibilities.

Next up? I just added these pieces to my website shop. In the meantime, here is a shot of another piece, Flow Earrings on huggies.