Learn to make beanies, toques, berets, balloon hats and the traditional Icelandic tail-cap, or skotthúfa, using the heritage skill of Nålbinding, a single-needle stitching technique that produces thick, warm, wind-resistant wearables, inspired by Norse folk art traditions—ancestors of Washington Island’s Icelandic immigrants. Stitching is done with a long wooden large-eyed needle, working with a palette of wool yarns. 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—ideal 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 grows and gathers plant materials for dyeing local wool fleece that she spins especially for nålbinding. On Instagram she’s @donnastitches. http://donnakallnerfiberart.comNo tags for this post.