Yesterday I forgot all of my current projects and had some hours to kill. Since I had a darning needle and a few stretches of thread I decided to try nalbinding (or nålebinding or naalbinding or needle binding etc).
The results were entertaining to say the least.
I got photographs that unfortunately I cannot yet share as my iPod is playing silly buggers, but for now I’ll ask has anyone ever tried this? Did you manage to make anything?
If you don’t know what nalbinding is, it’s an ancient way of creating fabric that some say was the precursor to knitting. If you see an item made this way you might even think it was knitted, albeit in a strange stitch. It’s made with a needle (I used a darning needle but there are special ones you should use) and is made with strips of cut yarn instead of a continuous thread.
It’s fiddly and fun. I haven’t worked out how to do more than a quick stretch of the Oslo stitch, and I’m too busy with important knitting/crochet projects to learn any more for now.
So again: have you tried nalbinding? Would you like to try it?