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Braiding Books

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Nalbinding, Nalbindning, Naalbinding, Needle Binding

Lessons in Nalbinding 3: Mittens, Mittens, Mittens - $66.00
Larry Schmitt. An exploration of the traditional Scandinavian Nalbinding mittens, including six mitten patterns, four nalbinding stitches, and the historical background. 31pp, Pamphlet.

Lessons in Nalbinding 4: Lots of Socks - $64.00
Larry Schmitt. A study of socks worked in nalbinding. The patterns presented are based on the observation of old nalbound socks, which have been worn in a variety of places and times. 61pp. SB.

Lessons in Nalbinding 5: Great Hats - $61.00
Larry Schmitt. The hat patterns presented here are based on observations of hats dating from the 19th and 20th centuries with some new interpretations thrown in to the mix. The selection of patterns in this workbook is limited to hats that must be wearable by moderns standards, and they must derive, in shape or construction, from Scandinavian tradition. The book begins with some historical background, a detailed explanation of technique, and then proceeds through sixteen hat patterns. The Appendix includes patterns for six knitted hats.

Nalbindning: The Easiest, Clearest Ever Guide - $53.00
Nalbindning is an ancient technique used to produce hats, socks, mittens and other woolen goods using a single short needle and lengths of woolen yarn. Although later superceded by knitting, a tecnique that uses 2 needles instead of one, nålbindning produces garments of a superior quality with stitches that do not run if snagged and a weave that is more dense and therefore easier to felt, providing maximum protection from cold or moisture. It is for this reason that the nalbindning tecnique was still used until very recently in some parts of Scandinavia. This instruction book has full colour pictures throughout and step-by-step instructions in both English and Swedish designed for the absolute beginner to learn this ancient tecnique. 19pp. Pb.

New Age Looping: A Handbook For Fibre Artists - $37.00
Donna Kallner. Older than weaving, knitting and crochet, looping is a living legacy from the Stone Age that contemporary fiber artists give their own spin. Looping creates a fabric so stable it will not unravel. It’s ideal handwork for travel and times when you have frequent distractions. Rediscover this exciting and versatile technique, and begin your own New Age of exploration. Learn looping techniques and variations you can use with many different fibers to create bags, garments, vessels and more. In-depth instructions help you master tension control and shaping. Sample projects help you get started, and you learn to design projects of your own. See how this ancient craft continues to evolve, and become part of a timeless tradition. This book focuses on uses for basic looping (basic naalbinding) as Donna has experimented with and interpreted the technique for modern fiber artists. The book is spiral bound so it lies flat. It’s packed with illustrations. Sample projects are pictured in color, but instructions emphasize ways to adapt a basic idea to your own style and materials. 115pp. Sb.

Turning Heels - $43.00
Erika Thomenius. Good step-by-step black and white photos teach you how to do the Russian stitch, and then how to use it to naalbind five different heel constructions. Also covers the Josephine knot start. 34pp. Sb.

General Equipment

Flexible Bobbins 2.5" (Set of 8) - $10.00
For unusually long braids with thick cord or for cord storage, these are a good choice. For most kumihimo braiding you don't need these, and their larger size is less convenient hanging from the disk. Just flip up one of the sides, wrap your cord, flip down the side, and you have enough tension on the cord to keep it taut, but just a small tug releases it as you need it. These are also great to have just to keep your loose lengths of cord. When you unwrap one of those small skeins of yarn or other cord, wrap it around one of these to get rid of tangles and provide a neat, immediately accessible storage device. Also, these are excellent for lucetting (knotted cord making) and crochet. These are the larger size, about 2½ inches in diameter.

Flexible Bobbins 1.875" (Set of 8) - $8.00
A set of 8 plastic bobbins for use with a Kumihimo disk. Just flip up one of the sides (see the picture below), wrap your cord, flip down the side, and you have enough tension on the cord to keep it taut, but just a small tug releases it as you need it. These are also great to have just to keep your loose lengths of cord. When you unwrap one of those small skeins of yarn or other cord, wrap it around one of these to get rid of tangles and provide a neat, immediately accessible storage device. These are the medium size, 1 7/8 inches in dameter, just right for most Kumihimo braiding.

Lucet - $13.00
Here is a neat hand-sized tool for constructing lucet braid. Made of varnished wood.

Nalbinding Needle - White Bone - $15.00