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Lithuanian Beaded Riešinės


With André de Castro

Jan 8, 10:00am-12:00pm and Jan 9 10:00am-12:00pm CST

Learn how to knit a little-known Lithuanian accessory, the beautiful, beaded wrist warmers known as “Riešinės”.

Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.

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Following in the 19th and 20th-century tradition of knitting wrist warmers for warmth, the Lithuanians also made intricately beaded warmers to wear on festive occasions.

André introduces this special tradition as you learn:
– suitable materials for this type of work
– different techniques for stringing beads
– how to read the traditional Riesines charts
– how to knit with beads, with one or more colors
– finishing (seaming, borders, etc…).

Special skills or knowledge needed to take this class:
The students need to know the basics (knit, purl) and be willing to work with very fine needles and yarn.

Supply List
• 150 yards each of 3 colors of 2-ply, light-fingering yarn in bright red, bright green, and black (or very dark blue) (for example: Cascade 220 fingering)
• US 000 or US 00 knitting needles (preferably two 8″ dpn’s)
• Size 8 (3mm) glass beads: approximately 500 each in white, red, and light blue
• Beading needle
• Tapestry needle
Knitting Basics: Sharp scissors, Notebook, Pen or pencil with eraser, Stitch markers, Tape measure, Small calculator

Additional information

Skill Level

Main Technique


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Customer Reviews

Based on 1 review
Willa C.
Beading Lithuanian style

Andre took us on another trip across Europe. This time to Lithuania. Although the techniques used in this class are neither new nor exotic, the history and the knowledge of materials brings this craft into the present and makes it utilitarian. Wrist warmers are useful if you are sitting outside (which we are all doing more of during this pandemic) and it is cool. He always provides us with sources for materials and descriptions of what makes something work in case we are going through our stash. There was quite a bit of knitting/beading time in this class, and Andre is so good about being quiet while we are counting! This is a wonderful example of a technique made easier by using Portuguese style knitting. You might want to take that class too.