This old Swedish craft is part of the tradition of making beautiful and useful objects for everyday use using one’s hands and simple tools. Farmers used wires to mend fences and make basic tools around the farm. Leftover bits of wire were used to make household items like whisks, cake tickles, trivets, or egg holders. More decorative items like candleholders, baskets, hanging birds, and other decorations were also commonly made. The design of wire items is really limited only by your imagination. There is a $15 materials fee, payable to the instructor.
Born in Minnesota, Faith is the granddaughter of Swedish immigrants. She taught art education at the University of Minnesota and is a student of all things Swedish. She has taken groups of students to study crafts at Sätergläntan in Sweden, where she learned the craft of wirework. She hopes to interest others in this relatively unknown craft.