Naalbinding

The art of naalbinding or needle knitting

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Nalbinding

My curiosity about nalbinding began at an early age as my father used to tell me stories of how his Saami mother would make mittens.
My grandmother was a Saami from the Sor-Varanger province of Norway. My father was born in Petsamo and was raised in a small Saami community. When he grew up he married my Finnish mother. He and my mother moved to Canada after the war and settled in British Columbia. My father worked as a commercial fisherman along the west coast of Canada. Before his long fishing trips, my mother would knit him several pairs of woolen hand warmers to keep his hands warm as he worked. My father would quietly comment to me, that he wished that my mother knew how to make the mittens like his mother did. He didn’t really understand how she made them, but he tried to explain that she would wrap the yarn around her thumb and sew it with a large needle. ‘Peukalo kude’ as he described it in Finnish. He said they were much warmer, thicker and more durable. Of course, he never told my mother this as he wouldn’t want to offend her.
I didn’t understand what this strange type of knitting could be, until I attended a Fungi Dye Symposium many years later. To my surprise, there really was a way of making hats, mittens, socks by using a simple needle and wrapping the yarn around your thumb.

Examples of Fungi Dyed Naalbinding or needle knitting at the International Mushroom Dye Symposium

Iphone Naalbinding Pattern
A beginner nalbinding pattern to make a case for your Iphone, worked in Oslo Stitch.

Bernhard Dankbar
Step by step instructions for nalbinding including hints on how to join threads.

Naalbinding
Instructions for a basic nalbinding stitch.

Nalbinding – Oslo Stitch
https://youtu.be/EcuUqeKQZ5QNaalbinding – Finnish Stitch

Handiscola
A pdf file for naalbinding instructions developed by the Handiscola project.
Handiscola Naalbinding
The Handiscola website is no longer on line so I have provided a copy of the pdf file here.

Kiara’s Naalbinding Page
A lovely pair of socks worked in this needle knitting technique.

Mielke’s Farm
Mielke’s Fiber Farm has examples of mittens done in naalbinding.

Naalbinding Stitches
Clear directions and diagrams for Coptic (Tarim) Stitch,the Button Hole Stitch and the Danish (O/UO)

More About Naalbinding
Naalbinding Stitches
Nalbinding Patterns

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Nalbinding Iphone Case

Nalbinding Needles, Kits and Yarn on Etsy
Look for hand dyed nalbinding yarns and naalbinding needles in my PaivatarYarn Etsy Shop.

Nalbinding Stitches

2/2 Finnish Nalbinding Stitch

Neulakinnas – Naalbinding

The Vikings
More how-to naalbinding instructions at this Saxon, Norman, Celtic and Viking re-enactment site.

Nalbinding Books
Nalbinding – What in the World Is That?

Nålbindning – The easiest clearest ever guide!

Nalbinding Made Easy

Carved Bone Naalbinding Needle Case 10 cm nalbinding sewing needle holder

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Handspun Wool Art Yarn BFL Plant Dyed Alkanet Nalbinding Knitting Crochet 44m

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Handspun Wool Art Yarn BFL Hand Dyed Rose Pink Nalbinding Knitting Crochet 50m

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Sport Weight Pure Wool Yarn 100 grams Nalbinding Sock Knitting Crochet SP161

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Sport Weight Pure Wool Yarn 100 grams Nalbinding Sock Knitting Crochet SP163

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Hand Dyed DK Wool Yarn BFL 50 gr Variegated Green Turquoise Blue DK1909

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Hand Dyed Aran Wool Yarn BFL 50 gr Variegated Yellow Pink Green A1903

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Handspun Wool Art Yarn BFL Plant Dyed Alkanet Nalbinding Knitting Crochet 44m

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Handspun Wool Art Yarn BFL Hand Dyed Rose Pink Nalbinding Knitting Crochet 50m

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Hand Dyed Aran Wool Yarn BFL 50 gr Variegated Blue Green White Black A1905

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Author: Paivi Suomi

I've had an interest in weaving, looms, yarns and textiles since I was a small child. I learned to knit, crochet, sew, do needlepoint at my mother's knee. My grandmother was a Saami from northern Norway. I am very interested in studying more about tradtional Saami and Finnish style weaving and handicrafts. Paivi Suomi