Nålbinding (or vattarsaumur in Icelandic) is 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. You’ll choose traditional plant-dyed yarn colors and patterns, including handspun Icelandic wool. Stitching is done 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! You’ll learn two different ways to start mittens as well as how to adapt what you learn to make hats, slippers and more.
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.