Thursday, 12 August 2010

Lady Genvieve's Nalbinding Handout

Lady Genvieve has kindly agreed to have her handout posted on the blog, you can see the permanent link to the left. It can also be found here.

I'm sure many of you will find this useful.


Nalbinding instructional links

Greetings fellow fibre fans, from Genevieve,

I had the happy opportunity to teach nalbinding for the first time in awhile, and was delighted that so many people were interested. I think most folk got the hang of it.
If I can figure out how, I'll post the handout. In the meantime, here are some links of videos for followup, since the handout is mostly background info.

The best way to learn nalbinding, I've found, is by watching someone else work it and following along.

The first and best resource is YouTube: search for 'nalbinding', adding terms like stitch names or techniques (like working on the thumb) to refine your search: example terms include
Danish (two stitches covered in the class)
thumb (for working on the thumb)
Asle (other stitch names, for the adventurous - there are many more!)

One excellent instructional site is also available in German and English:

Another high-quality resource is the nalbinding Yahoogroup. The photos and links alone are worth signing up.

Once you have the hang of the stitches, I recommend this site for sock construction advice, from an English reenactor.

Happy to chat about getting started in yet another addictive and time-consuming fibre hobby, regards,


Wednesday, 11 August 2010

Thrilling Twills-Weaving Workshop

You are invited to the “Thrilling Twills” for a 2-day intensive Warping and Weaving Workshop! We will begin, Friday evening, with a basic discussion of weaving including the different weaving methods and when and where each was used. I would like everyone to share the history behind their favorite weaving technique, or ask questions about techniques that interest them.
This will be followed by a hands-on session Saturday morning during which you will focus on warping multiple harness table and floor looms. Attendees are welcome to bring looms that need warping, or use one of several loaner looms available. Once the looms are warped we will tuck into your weaving.
For those who are brand new to weaving a Weaving Basics document will be provided in advance to help you learn basic weaving vocabulary (please request this in your RSVP if you need it). This will allow us to get right to the hands on sessions!
When will this workshop take place you ask? 1 - 3 October 2010
Where: Hockwold cum Wilton, Norfolk (Flintheath)
Proposed Schedule:
Friday Dinner and Weaving Discussion
Warp looms
Weaving, with breaks, lunch, and tea/coffee as necessary
Sunday- departures as needed
Please RSVP to Jahanara, please include any dietary requirements/allergies as food is provided throughout the weekend.

What should I bring? Yourself and any looms you need warped, or for which you need help and advice.

How many people can attend? We have crash space for 7-10, including student's partners.

I hope to see many of you there.


Monday, 9 August 2010

Upcmoing London Conference

Greetings Artisans, Researchers and all those interested in Early Textiles!
I just noticed the Early Textiles Study Group is hosting a Conference in November. The Conference is held at the Wellcome Collection Conference Centre in London 19-20 November. The theme this year is Colours! Both days are filled with interesting Seminars are on colours available to various early period people and what was used to create these colours!
I hope to see many of you there! More information can be found here.