Sandra Johnson
   Hair Artist

Table Work/Hair Weaving Technique

Above is a table set up to start creating a design. 
You can see the hair wound around the bobbins and strung through the hole in the center of the table.
The weights pull it taut over the table top and the hair is unwound as the piece is constructed.

There seems to be some concurrence that hair weaving 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.  In the past 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 as pictured above, which has 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 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 about a 3" length or even less, depending on the weave of the pattern chosen.  The woven hair is then processed, and can be formed into brooches, watch chains, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, and even rings.

The Pieces Below Are Examples of the Table Work Technique

Hair Bracelet

This is a bracelet I made trying out this technique

This is an antique watch chain typical of the era -
the creator of this piece is unknown

For more information, e-mail Sandi at

   Back to Four Techniques