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Table Work

Table Work/Hair Weaving

There seems to be some concurrence that hairweaving has it's "roots" in Scandinavia.  In Mark Campbell's book he states that "The Norwegians were among the first to make ornaments of hair to be worn as jewelry.....".  In the village of Vamhus Sweden, hair artists have been weaving hair for centuries.  Girls from that village traveled throughout Europe weaving hair jewelry for wealthy clients.  They traveled in pairs and carried their samples and equipment with them.  Today,  there are hairworkers in Vamhus who still currently produce hair jewelry commercially.

The hair weaving technique is done using a special table with a hole through the center.  The hair is weighted with bobbins and the weaving is similar to bobbin lace.  The hair is prepared, counted, weighted and placed on the table.  By varying the amount of hair and the weaving technique used, many intricate designs are produced.  The hair is worked around a mold or wire if it is to be hollow.  The hair needed for this type of jewelry must be long, at least 6" or longer depending on the item to be made.  One can usually figure that 1/2 of the length of the hair is what will be left after it is woven, so a 6" length of hair will produce only about 3" or less depending on the weave of the pattern chosen.  The woven hair is then processed and formed into brooches, watch fobs, bracelets, necklaces, earrings and even rings.

Much of the antique jewelry found today is done using the table work technique.

 Hairwork Techniques


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