Nålbinding (or vattarsaumur in Icelandic) is a single-needle stitching technique that produces thick, warm, wind-resistant wearables. Our class mittens are inspired by Viking folk art traditions, ancestors of Washington Island’s Icelandic immigrants. You’ll dye wool yarn with woad and have a choice of other traditional plant-dyed yarns and color patterns, then stitch with a long wooden large-eyed needle. Shaping is done “by eye” so you don’t have to follow a pattern or count stitches, and its stable structure keeps it from unraveling—perfect travel handwork!
Donna Kallner puts a contemporary spin on ancient textile techniques, in work that celebrates traditional skills and reflects the landscape of her home in rural northern Wisconsin. Donna teaches and exhibits her work across the country, produces e-books on looping techniques, and sells her nålbinding and plant-dyed items online and at her local farmers’ market. On Instagram she’s @donnastitches. http://donnakallnerfiberart.comNo tags for this post.