Knitting · Nalbinding · Nålbindning · Terminology

All binding is not nalbinding

I’ve gotten myself fairly well bogged down in Scandinavian etymology while examining the origin of the term nalbinding (starting here). This is also a recurring topic in the current craft literature. However, one of the conclusions sometimes reached there is incorrect. The appearance of the word ‘binding’  (or one of the many variant or inflected forms of… Continue reading All binding is not nalbinding

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Nalbound mittens in 1917

The 1917 volume of the Swedish periodical Fataburen includes an article by Maria Collin titled Sydda vantar. This literally means ‘stitched mittens’ and is an inversion of the term vantsöm seen in preceding posts. She discusses alternate designations at length including, as already noted, a dialectal reference to a mitten that was “bound with a needle or needlebound” (bunnen med… Continue reading Nalbound mittens in 1917

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Nalbinding: derivation and description

In an earlier post about a Swedish looped purse from 1693, I noted that the maker’s name for the way it was produced — virka — has been used over time for a number of  different crafts. It appears again in a dialect dictionary compiled during the late 1790s, in the definition of sömma (literally ‘stitch’ or ‘seam’), a common… Continue reading Nalbinding: derivation and description