Getting Loopy: A Gathering of Nålbinders

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.

Registration Fee

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.



  • Advanced check-in for those coming to Decorah early — 3:00-5:00 p.m.
  • Fulling station and advice for objects needing finishing
  • An evening of relaxed working time and sharing


  • Doors open – 8:30 a.m.
  • Official Welcome
  • What’s Next? Embellishing Your Nålbinding Workshop with Sue Flanders and Janine Kosel
  • Swatch display and Show and Tell on display
  • Book signing with Sue Flanders, Janine Kosel, and Donna Kallner from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • New Age Looping Trunk Show–Donna Kallner at 1:30 p.m.
  • ABCs of Teaching Simple Looping–Donna Kallner
  • Tour of Vesterheim’s exhibition From Underwear to Everywhere: Norwegian Sweaters
  • Evening gathering for working on projects or new skills


  • Doors open – 8:30 a.m.
  • Cross-Knit Looping On The Edge—Donna Kallner
  • Door Prizes
  • Official ending 12:00 (Blue Heron Knittery – store in downtown Decorah open for shopping)

Special Program Descriptions

What’s Next? Embellishing Your Nålbinding

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.

New Age Looping Trunk Show

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.

ABCs of Teaching Simple Looping

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.

Cross-Knit Looping On The Edge

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.