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
Nålbinding Mittens, Socks, Caps: The Scandinavian Textile Craft
Instructors: Larry Schmitt
Discover the textile craft tradition known as nålbinding and explore its Scandinavian roots. As a course project, students choose to create their own pair of mittens, socks, or a syltemjölkskopp – a “milk strainer” cap. Or draw from tradition to inspire a project of your own design in consultation with…