Naalbinding textiles were widespread in many medieval cultures. One of the oldest discoveries that we know of is from the Neolithic period. Numerous other discoveries are located in Scandinavia, Poland and Russia and are mainly pieces of clothing. We are also aware of discoveries of articles of daily use like pouches and nets. The technique of naalbinding with its comprehensive variety of stitches, slings and the thumb chain method inspire us even today. “Nearly like knitting or crotchet” is a phrase commonly heard from interested parties. However, these techniques only became known some three hundred years later.
Using this historic naalbinding method, socks, hats and mittens are created from animal hair. Plentiful stitching and strap variations are known to us.
We pass on the craft of Naalbinding in demonstrations and workshops.