Lithuanian Beaded Riesines
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 “Riesines”.
Class sessions will be recorded and remain accessible online to registered students of the class for 14 days following the event.
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.
• 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