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Pittsburgh, PA, United States

Quick Blurb

When I learned of this method of making beautiful, intricate chains, I was completely enchanted.


Viking Wire Weaving, Viking Chain Knitting, Viking Knit, Wire Weaving, Trichinopoly, spinning, kick spindle spinning wheel

Skills and Techniques

Viking Wire Weaving, Wire Weaving, Viking Chain Knitting, Viking Knit, spinning

Get to Know

Helene Jacobs, author of the Ancient Wire series, specializes in recreating ancient jewelry from many different cultures. She gives her readers detailed instructions for creating ancient jewelry and shows them where they can learn more about the history of the pieces. As she finds new information on the artifacts in her books, Helene updates her website, .

Helene has been researching history for over 30 years and has received several awards from a worldwide historical organization. At the request of the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Helene created a replica of a 2500 year old necklace from the Bog People exhibit.

Helene has always had a passion for creating, figuring things out and teaching. As soon as she discovered techniques to make beautiful jewelry simply, she began teaching classes. Her class handout evolved into her first book, Ancient Wire, an instructional book for creating chains and other items of jewelry with the method variously known as Viking wire weaving, Viking chain knitting or Viking knit. Ancient Wire II followed, demonstrating how to make timeless items that are still beautiful today, but were originally created over 1000 years ago. These books can be found on her web site or at , and will be joined by other books in the Ancient Wire series.

After traveling extensively with her military family, Helene settled in Pennsylvania with her husband, son, and fluffy dog, where she likes to relax with her friends over a good cup of coffee, and update her blog with her various crafty endeavors at . Though it takes just a few tools to make the jewelry described in her books, Helene has an embarrassingly large collection of pliers.