HNW - Fwd: naalbinding

Lynn Carpenter alwen at
Fri Jul 16 14:55:40 PDT 1999

Avril "Stephen Bayne" <tunescot at> wrote:

>Hi everyone out there!
>In Denmark there has recently been published an excellent 20 volume
>encyclopedia of needlework by a publishers called "Bonnier"  and it has
>beautiful colour illustrations and good diagrams, besides a lot of good
>information.  Unfortunately, I don't think that it has been published in
>English, which is a pity, because I think that it is an excellent reference
>work.  I love  sitting down with a cup of tea and one of the volumes, when I
>have a spare minute (which is not often enough !)   Of course there is a
>section on "Nålebinding".
>The oldest preserved textile of this art in Denmark, is from west Fyn and it
>is 6-7000 years old.  The "cast on and cast off" edges distinguish
>nålebinding from knitting.  The needles which were used were  made of wood,
>bone and metal and the most common type is the flat tapering form about
>10-15cm long.  This type is known from the stone age and a very interesting
>bone needle was found at an excavation in Aalborg on Jutland.  It had
>"Runes" inscribed on it and they have been translated to mean  "polished
>needle" which could possibly have been the initial term for "nålebinding".
>"Nålelebinding", being a slow method of producing a textile, is believed to
>have been surpassed by knitting and crotchet.  In a more advance form it
>produces a stitch of up to 9 loops,  giving a well insulated and tough
>textile which is suitable for gloves and socks.  The oldest Danish gloves of
>this type, were found in Ribe on Jutland and they are from the 12th century.
>A more intricate form made with a very fine needle, produced bishop's gloves
>at about the same period in time.
>I can't remember who started this thread, but I hope that this info is of
>some use to you!
>Best wishes and keep bobbin' along from Avril in Denmark     

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