Monday, August 22, 2011

Pre-knitted mesh at Interweave Bead Fest in PA

I've been buying this type of pre-knitted mesh from the UK since 2009. Since I discovered the wire lace some years ago I felt in love with the material and my only complain was how thin it was and how easily loses its form.
That's not a problem with the pre-knitted mesh, the structure is more rigid and you have to work it with your hands to give it a form that unless you seat on it it won't lose it's form.
This type of mesh is used mainly in industrial settings but also as sculpture and jewelry making material.
Yesterday at Interweave Bead Fest in PA an  American company was selling this pre-knitted mesh that they seem also be buying from Europe since all their measures were in meters.
Their designs were really nice but for instance their Calla Lily's were very different to mine with no beading and longer and with the material wrapped around itself.
Luckily that's how it is with jewelry, different people in front of the same material comes up with very different and unique pieces.
There are several books in the market that teach you how to work with this material. I'll try to make a list of those and publish it here soon.

Calla Lily Pendants

These are gorgeous pendants made with pre-knitted mesh worked to give them form as Calla Lily. They all have a center with pearls in different colors and sizes that make each pendant unique.
These pendants have been presented to juried jewelry shows and are really unique and eye-catching.
These type of Calla Lily are a unique design of mine.