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Chasing Viking Roots… Basic Naalbinding - in SF with Laura Ninnemann

April 18, 2020
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

This class will investigate the basics of naalbinding, an ancient looping technique that was used to create dense, warm, and durable apparel and accessories during the Viking era and earlier. Socks, mittens, and caps were the most common naalbound items unearthed during excavations of Viking mounds and long-boat burials. 

You will learn the Oslo stitch, the simplest of the naalbinding stitches, to create a pair of wrist warmers using a single-ply wool/mohair-blend yarn. We will explore the creation of both circular and flat fabrics, increasing and decreasing, wet joining, and design possibilities beyond the wrist warmers you will work on in class. Naalbinding is best learned through classroom instruction. A basic understanding of fabric creation using at least one fiber art technique is recommended. 

If you are looking for a new challenge and are passionate about preserving and nurturing ancient fiber art techniques, naalbinding may open a whole new world of creativity for you. Skaal! 

Instructor will provide the yarn, naalbinding needle, step-by-step photo instructions, and a list of print and video resources.

This class will take place at our Santa Fe Location - 328 S. Guadalupe St. Ste E. 


Laura has been a fiber artist for the past 60+ years. She learned to knit and sew from her mother and grandmother in pursuit of her Scandinavian roots. She owned and operated Alamosa Knitworks in the 1990s, and Lone Raven Studio™ today, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Mexico Fiber Arts Center. She is most passionate about creating fiber arts of exceptional quality and helping to preserve and promote ancient fiber art techniques that are vanishing worldwide. Laura discovered naalbinding while visiting Stockholm then taught herself the technique while driving across Scandinavia in 2019.

This class requires a minimum of two students. See our Class Payment and Refund Policy.

Non-Member: $95 (Member $85)

Materials Fee: $15
Materials fee is paid at first class meeting.