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Naalbinding is a very old method of weaving similar to but predating knitting and crocheting. It is sometimes called Viking knitting and is spelled a number of ways ranging from nailbinding to nålebinding, though that Danish name was introduced in the 1970's. This method, sometimes simply referred to as needle knitting, has been around for a better than 2000 years in Europe, Scandinavia as well as the Middle East and Andean South America. 

Unlike modern knitting naalbinding requires only a single needle. Typically between 2.5 and 5.5 inches, though other sizes are used and many people simply use commonly available, blunt tapestry needles. 

This Instructable shows how I made one of bone, similar to a number of examples from archeological sites from Northern Europe and Scandinavia. Mine is definitely on the small side. Though, I haven't developed a preference for one size or another, it should not be taken as "correct" or even preferred but rather, just an example of one you might make. Either way it certainly does the job. 

It does seem that most modern naalbinding needles tend to be on the longer side of the range with 5 or more inches being common and I have seen at least one stitch where a longer needle would probably be an advantage. 

To do the knitting itself please see these excellent Instructables
Knit like a Viking

On to making the needle...

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Did you use a raw bone or a cooked bone?

Culturespy (author)  buildandsewandstuff1 month ago
I bleached a raw bone but I think a cooked bone might have been easier.
do you know how they used to carve the eyelet back when when we didnt have rotary tools?
There are a number of ways. You can carve it with a metal or stone tool, any pointed knife will do. A thing called a bow drill has been used in a number of cultures.
bow drill huh, im gonna have to look that up thanks
Ray from RI2 years ago
A good simple project thanks!
yomero4 years ago
its a great ible, but you should and one to teach us naalbinding , cause otherwise i just get a cool looking guitar pick
Culturespy (author)  yomero4 years ago
There are some on the site. You can find the links in step one!
lol, i missed them the first time around
Hoopajoo4 years ago
Gotta love an Opinel knife!
Culturespy (author)  Hoopajoo4 years ago