Knitting Glass

These darker, shorter days tend to veer my crafting to projects that might keep my hands happily busy for the winter months. Knitting and embroidery are hands-down my favorites. On a recent foray into cyberspace for some ideas, I happened upon Carol Milne, a Seattle-based artist from Canada who knits with glass. Yes, you heard that exactly right, she knits with glass!


Milne has developed a technique for pouring glass into molds of designs made from wax, a new twist on the ancient art of lost wax casting. She uses a slender and very elastic candle to make different patterns, then surrounds them with a high-temperature plaster to make a mold. Each stitch of her knitted design must be carefully created by hand because using needles tends to stretch the wax. After the molds are dry, the wax is melted with hot steam and replaced by liquid glass. When the glass has slowly cooled, the molds are chiseled away in archeological fashion to reveal intricately knitted structures.

Milne first embarked on this technically challenging journey back in 2002 as a way to couple her knitting passion (she’s been wielding needles since she was 10) with her love for cast glass sculpture. I think I’ll have to stick with yarn, but how inspiring to combine her two passions into timeless art.


  1. Winnie Nielsen says:

    Amazing and Beautiful!! I can hardly imagine anything more difficult that trying to knit with yarn, let alone glass. I bet Milne’s art displays are incredible to see.

  2. Cindi Johnson says:

    That is amazing work! I could sit and look at it for hours just tracing the patterns of the stitches and marveling at the interlocking of each strand of glass. Thanks for putting the link in. I will keep an eye on her showings for the next time I’m in the Seattle area. Maybe dare to hope she travels east and shows in Spokane {hint, hint}.

  3. connie-killarney says:

    Wow!! so beautiful to behold!!

  4. Yep, amazing is the only word to describe this !

  5. Marga says:

    Wow! What active and cool thing to think of . I would love to see one of her pieces up close.

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