Nålebinding or single needle knitting

Saturday 1 April 2017



The course

The oldest naalbind item found is a sock found in Egypt and dates back to 300 AD. The stitch looks remarkly like modern knitting but is in fact naalbind. Other surviving naalbind items date from the Viking and early medieval era, (9th- 12th century) and are concentrated in the Scandinavian countries. However one example does come from Viking York. Naalbind clothes have often been mistaken for knitted or crochet in the past, but naalbinding also known as “single needle knitting,”  is much older than knitting and crochet.

In this course you learn how to make sturdy and serviceable garments using the ancient technique of Nålebinding. You will learn one basic stitch as an introduction and ways to extend your naalbinding technique. We will eplore how to start in a round and how to make a simple mitten.

At the end of the day, you will  have a lovely coaster and a little pouch/ mobile phone cover that you can keep for reference.

The tutor

Judith Ressler loves working with wool.
Since her teenage days she has been interested in history and ancient crafts and I has a passion for Dark Ages and Medieval re-enactment and experimental archaeology.  She handcrafts all her costumes and learned how to nålebind , felt and knit to improve her costumes. Her work is inspired by historic finds and the colours and patterns in nature.
Judith also holds a MSc in Biology and is a trained forest school teacher and bushcraft instructor, she has worked since 2008 as a freelance environmental educator in London’s green spaces and since 2014 as a freelance tutor.

From both formal training and her own experimentation with different types of materials, she has a breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in naalbinding.  This includes an interest in the origins and history of nalbinding and the variety of stitches present historically and geographically.

Her courses have a relaxed and inclusive atmosphere and she teaches with clarity, patience and humour.

You can find out more about her on her website: www.medievalwoolcraft.com and on Facebook

Participant information

All equipment will be provided by the course teacher. This includes wool, needles and scissors.


£55 per person, to include tuition, teas and coffees. The Museum café will be open or you can bring a packed lunch.

The Museum

The Weald & Downland Living Museum has over 50 historic building exhibits. It is also home to the award winning and innovative Downland Gridshell, which houses a conservation workshop and artefact store, and is also used for many practical courses. The Museum runs a full programme of courses in historic building conservation and traditional rural trades and crafts, along with MSc programmes in Building Conservation and Timber Building Conservation validated by the University of York. Please telephone for further details.



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