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Advanced Nålbinding

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Course Overview

Ready to expand your basic nålbinding skills? In this advanced class students will be able to increase their mastery of nålbinding techniques in several different ways. Whether you want to learn additional stitches, how to construct socks or mittens, or enhance your handmade garments with embellishments such as braids or a fringe, this class will cover them all. Students can choose whether to try one or two new things, or tackle them all. 

Some of the oldest nålbound garments are socks. Have you heard of the Coppergate or Jorvik sock dating to the Viking era found on Coppergate Street in York, England? From this sock comes the York stitch. An even older sock from the 3rd-4th century AD in Greece is known as the Coptic sock. This sock has a distinctive two-toe shape made to be worn in sandals with a strap between the toes. From this sock comes the Coptic stitch which can be used for circular stitched or flat stitched garments.

More recently developed embellishment techniques such as braided nålbinding or a fringe called kavelfrans popular in Scandinavian countries will also be covered.

Printed materials, finished pieces, photographs, and replicas of historical garments will be available for hands-on inspection and inspiration. 

The materials fee of $17 covers written instructions and several types of practice yarns. Handmade wooden nålbinding needles will also be available for sale from the instructor.

Required Tools

  • Nålbinding needle
  • Recommended Yarns - single-ply 100 % woolen yarns like Lamb's Pride bulky, Alafoss Lopi, or Roving yarns

Session Information

This course is part of the 2024 Fiber Week! Plan to attend Fiber Friday on Friday, February 16, a day-long conference that features speakers, demonstrations, and community gatherings for anyone interested in fiber! Full schedule online January 2024. 


Sat, Feb 17th, 2024  –  Mon, Feb 19th, 2024

This course has been cancelled. We offer our deepest apologies.

If you were registered for this class, you should have received an email regarding your refund options. If not, please call us at 218-387-9762 or email us at

We truly hope to see you in another class at North House soon!

Course Details

Hours: 9am-5pm each day
Tuition: $285.00
Materials fee: $17.00
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Meet the Instructor

North House Folk School photo of instructor, Melba Granlund
Melba Granlund
Minneapolis, MN

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Advanced Nålbinding