Long-time fiber artist and workshop leader, Donna Kallner, is coming to Vesterheim for a presentation and booksigning.
Saturday and Sunday, April 2-3
Do you love nålbinding? Then this weekend of learning and sharing is for you! Come to Vesterheim to broaden your working knowledge of nålbinding with lectures and hands-on experiences. We will embellish, examine swatch samples, and share objects and experiences. All the while, we’ll work on current pieces, get a kick-start on a new project, and have a great time together.
Please fill out this registration form and return it with the registration fee to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, c/o Getting Loopy-A Gathering of Nålbinders, 523 West Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101
Here is an information sheet to help you prepare for the weekend. Please read it when you register.
Early Bird registration is until Friday, March 25, 2016, and the fee is $20.00 for members of Vesterheim and $30 for non-members.
From March 26 - April 2, 2016, the registration fee is $25.00 for members of Vesterheim and $35 for non-members.
No refunds for cancellations.
Explore ways to embellish your nålbinding project with a variety of techniques. Needle felting, embroidery and/or crochet are some of the wonderful ways to add color and texture to your completed piece. Bring a sample of fulled wool fabric to explore the possibilities of embellishment. Bring a needle felting needle, crochet hook (size to match your yarn), and/or a sharp big eye embroidery needle. We will have a variety of needle point yarn) and a sharp big-eye embroidery needle.
Nålbinding belongs to a large and diverse family of techniques called looping. This living legacy from the Stone Age continues to evolve as today’s fiber artists give it their own spin. This session includes a lecture and Powerpoint program presenting artifacts from six of our seven continents, the living traditions of indigenous people, and the art and craft of contemporary looping. You’ll also get a hands-on tour through a suitcase full of samples showing a vast array of possibilities created with variations on this family of techniques.
Simple looping is a great gateway to nålbinding. This session presents a model for teaching the technique to adults and children, plus 25 other elements of successful teaching and learning experiences, including learning styles, teaching progressions, gender influences on learning, and much more.
Nålbinders call it Coptic Stitch and jewelry makers call it Viking knitting. It’s all the same structure though—cross-knit looping. This stitch variation has many uses, including reinforcing edges and joining panels of woven fabrics, felt, or knitting. In this session you’ll learn how to completely enclose a seam or edge. This is portable handwork you can do in fragments of time with just a tapestry needle and yarn.