I was wearing this handflower the other day and it got me thinking about how long it’s been since I did any chainmaille.
This weaving with metal rings is good fun, but takes a certain amount of concentration and dexterity. So, not as relaxing as weaving with yarn. I think that’s the main reason I do it periodically. Oh, and the fact I already have a handflower for each day of the week!
All woven things, whether it’s hair in a plait…
…wool yarn in a jumper…
…or metal rings in a chainmaille shirt…
…have one thing in common; they are created by passing something through/under/around something else, in a way that holds both somethings in place.
It’s that last part that really matters, because if the materials don’t hold together in the weave then you have a disaster.
In cloth the materials are usually woven by passing each thread under and over other threads like this:
And they hold together in the cloth because they are sandwiched between each other, though if you’ve ever cut silk or rayon fabrics you’ll know smooth threads will try to escape the moment you give them a chance!
The other thing all weaving has in common is that, the end product of any type of weaving is affected by the thickness of the materials woven, how tightly woven they are and the materials used. This is as true of cloth that comes off your loom as it is of the wicker basket a basket weaver makes.