"About the Weaving Technique Called Viking Knitting. “Viking knitting” is not actually knitting in the way you might think (i. with two needles), but is actually a type of weaving." Interesting method of textile making.
You can fuse metal together without having to solder it. By using a butane torch, you can heat your pieces of metal until they are almost but not quite melted. Once they reach this flashpoint, you can easily fuse the pieces together.