Naalbinding Supplies

Nalbinding yarns, needles, patterns and kits can now be purchased directly through my Web Shop or visit PaivatarYarn on Etsy Shop: paivataryarn.etsy.com

Naalbinding Needles
Nalbinding needles can vary greatly in both size and style. Much like knitting needles, using the correct type of needle can make a difference in your finished work.
The size of the eye in the needle is important – a larger eye allows you to fit longer lengths of yarn into the eye. By accordion folding the yarn, you can use longer lengths. I often fold the yarn several times, so I am able to use lengths that are 5-10 meters in length. This speeds up the nalbinding considerably because I don’t have to join as many ends together, which can be time consuming.
The width or circumference of the needle can also make a difference. You can adjust the tension of the loops by tightening the loop around your thumb. If you have a large thumb then the loops will be looser. If you wish to make tight loops or are using a fine yarn, you can also adjust the tension by tightening the loop around the needle, similar to using different sizes of knitting needles.
Nalbinding needles can be long or short, and which one you use is personal preference – whatever length fits most comfortably in your hand.

Naalbinding Needles
Naalbinding Needles

Short Bone Naalbinding Needles
Each bone needle is individually made so the needles may vary slightly from what is shown in the photos. The bone naalbinding needle measures approx. 6 cm in length, is a bit narrower than some of the other nalbinding needles and has a smaller eye.
This style of needle would be suitable for working with thinner and lighter weight yarns such as 4 ply and sock wool. If using a thicker yarn such as a DK weight, the eye of the needle will fit about 2 strands of yarn.
The bone needle is very smooth, well sanded and comfortable to work with.

Long Bone Naalbinding Needles
Each bone needle is individually made so the needles may vary slightly from what is shown in the photos. The bone naalbinding needle measures approx. 9 cm in length, is a bit narrower than some of the other nalbinding needles and has a smaller eye.
This style of needle would be suitable for working with thinner and lighter weight yarns such as 4 ply and sock wool. If using a thicker yarn such as a DK weight, the eye of the needle will fit about 2 strands of yarn.
The bone needle is very smooth, well sanded and comfortable to work with.

Carved Bone Naalbinding Needle
This carved naalbinding needle measures approx. 9 cm in length and has a fairly large eye.
This style of needle would be suitable for working with longer and thicker weights of yarn such as double knit, Aran or chunky yarns.

Wooden Nalbinding Needles
Each wooden needle is individually made so the needles may vary slightly from what is shown in the photos. The naalbinding needle measures approx. 9 cm in length and has a fairly large eye. The wooden needle is very smooth, well sanded and comfortable to work with.
This style of needle would be suitable for working with longer and thicker weights of yarn such as double knit, Aran or chunky yarns.

Horn Nalbinding Needles
The black horn naalbinding needle measures approx. 9 cm in length and has a fairly large eye. The horn needle is very smooth and comfortable to work with.
This style of needle would be suitable for working with longer and thicker weights of yarn such as double knit, Aran or chunky yarns.

Naalbinding Neede Cases
This is a hand carved naalbinding needle case. The bone needle holder is a hollow tube with a brass ring that can be tied to a belt or a cian.
Traditionally the ends of these cases were stuffed with a bit of wool to hold the needles in place. A bit of wool is included with the nalbinding needle holder.
The needle case measures approx. 8 cm (3 inches) and will fit the Small size Bone Nalbinding needles.
Of course, the needle cases are lovely for storing other types of sewing, or embroidery needles too.

Nalbinding Kits
Tonttu Nalbinding Hat Kit
The Naalbinding kit includes
Tonttu Hat Pattern
Revontuli Hand Dyed Merino wool yarn
Nalbinding Hat pattern worked in Mammen Stitch

Tonttu Naalbinding Hat Kit
Tonttu Naalbinding Hat Kit

Nalbinding Patterns
Instant download PDF patterns can also be found in my Etsy Shop.
Nalbinding Tonttu Hat Pattern.

Naalbinding Hat Pattern PDF
Naalbinding Hat Pattern PDF

Nalbinding Yarns

Nalbinding is an ancient textile technique that pre-dates knitting. Nalbinding knots are sewn using a large wooden or bone needle by forming interconnecting loops around your thumb.

My interest in the textile techniques of nalbinding came from my Saami father. My grandmother was a Saami from the Sor-Varanger province of Norway. My father was born in Petsamo and was raised in a small Saami community. He and my mother moved to Canada after the war and settled in British Columbia. My father worked as a commercial fisherman along the west coast of Canada. Before his long fishing trips, my mother would knit him several pairs of woolen hand warmers to keep his hands warm as he worked. My father would quietly comment to me, that he wished that my mother knew how to make the mittens like his mother did. He didn’t really understand how she made them, but he tried to explain that she would wrap the yarn around her thumb and sew it with a large needle. ‘Peukalo kude’ as he described it in Finnish. He said they were much warmer, thicker and more durable. Of course, he never told my mother this as he wouldn’t want to offend her.

I hand spin my naalbinding wool yarns in the opposite direction to conventional yarns. First the yarn is spun to the left, and then plied to the right, creating a Z twist yarn. I find this method of hand spinning creates a yarn that is better suited for nalbinding work.

Nalbinding (just like knitting or crochet) can be used to make mittens, hats, slippers, socks, jumpers, bags and other textile items.

Please look for my hand spun nalbinding yarns specially designed for naalbinding, needle knitting, nålbindning, neulakinnas, for sale in my PaivatarYarn Etsy Shop
or contact me if you would like to discuss a custom order.

Madder Root Nalbinding Yarn
Madder Root Nalbinding Yarn

Due to recent surgery for cancer, there was some nerve damage to my arm, so I am not able to hand spin for any length of time. Perhaps this will improve over time, but for now, I am unable to accept large custom spinning orders. Thank you for your understanding.

I do offer commercially spun yarn (hand dyed) and kits suitable for Naalbinding, knitting, crochet or other craft work.

Nalbinding Hat Kit
Nalbinding Hat Kit

Nalbinding Needles and Starter Sets

I am now able to offer nalbinding needles made of wood or of bone.
These are sold in a starter kit that has been hand stitched using Norwegian wool vadmal.Please visit my shop on Etsy at paivataryarn.etsy.com
The bone needles are approx 9 cm in length. The bone needles have a small eye so are best suited for fine yarns.
The wooden needles are approx 10 cm in length and have a larger eye. These nalbindning needles are better for use with thicker weight yarns such as Aran or Chunky wools.