As a child, Larry learned many textile techniques from his parents, including nalbinding. Since the early 1980s, he has been teaching and researching nalbinding and has written a number of instructional manuals. These workbooks are some of the only resources on nalbinding in English. Larry has taught and exhibited nalbinding throughout the country and has even had students from Norway and Germany, but he considers North House home base. Larry is also interested in traditional, easy-to-complete textile projects that utilize tools and equipment that are portable and easy to obtain or construct. His classes at North House reflect his continuing interest in traditional textile crafts.
Current Courses Offered by Larry Schmitt
Woven, Decorative Bands: Weaving on the Modified Rigid Heddle
Instructors: Larry Schmitt
The intricate and colorful band weaving that is sometimes found on lusekofta (Norwegian ski sweaters) can be woven on a “spaltegrind." This workshop will show how to transform a standard rigid heddle into a spaltegrind, a modification developed in the 1930s and 1940s by American weavers, to weave colorful, decorative…