Spiral naalbound hat

Selfie wearing my new spiral-striped red and blue naalbound hat. The hat was made using the Oslo stitch.

Selfie wearing my new spiral-striped red and blue naalbound hat.

When I took a class at the SCA Twelfth Night event on nålbinding, I asked the instructor about the spiral design I’ve seen by a few other textile artists. While the instructor didn’t have advice, since she hasn’t used that design yet, I was still inspired to give it a whirl myself all the same.

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York stitch nålbound hat

Selfie in a blue wool naalbound hat. I used the York Stitch for this hat.

Selfie in a blue wool naalbound hat.

When I took a class at the SCA Twelfth Night event on nålbinding, the instructor taught us the York Stitch. I ended up not quite following her directions, but adapted what she taught to a technique that felt more natural to me.

The stitch is the same, it’s only how I treat the working yarn that is different than her instruction. Her instruction was perfect though for someone new to naalbinding – to keep the steps clear.

In the class I was working on a hat, but the stitches were very inconsistent as I was learning the stitch. When I got home, I decided to put that project aside (since I only had the yarn from class, nothing that matched at home) and start a new project using the York Stitch.

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Naalbinding class at May Tavern

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

For those of you who are in Calgary, I’ll be teaching my naalbinding class at the SCA May Tavern on May 25, 2016.
You do NOT need to be a member of the SCA to attend tavern, and if it’s your first tavern, it’s free! (If it’s not, it’s only $3 to attend).

Information about the class:

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Unfinished projects display at Samhain 2016

Samhain 2015 naalbinding display

Samhain 2015 naalbinding display

November 7, 2015 was Samhain for Montengarde (the Barony I live in for the SCA) and for it (as the A&S champion for Montengarde) I hosted an unfinished projects display. I didn’t get a lot of turn out, but that didn’t stop me from nudging people to put their projects on the table and share them.

I’m posting this super-late because I forgot to take the photo off my phone… but here’s my naalbinding (with handspun wool) display from that event.

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Another Nålbound hat

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

Naalbound hat with two different stitches (side view)

A while back I made this new hat using Nålbinding. (Naalbinding) which I wanted to try out a different technique. I used the same yarn as my third naalbound hatLamb’s Pride Bulky, a 85% wool, 15% mohair blend, but this time in a charcoal grey instead of brown heather.

For this hat, I did a panel at the front with sort of a ribbed technique (which actually is basically a reversed Oslo stitch) which shrinks up the front of the hat, while the back is longer – so the ‘hem’ of the hat is a bit nicely shaped for the face. The rest of the hat is Olso stitch.

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