The Ancient Craft of Naalbinding
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I’ve written in other articles about how crafting is an activity that connects us to our ancestors. Before machines and malls and supermarkets, things were made by hand, using skills passed down through generations. Whether we think about it actively or not, we are part of that tradition: humans making things they need or want with their hands. It’s exciting that people still practice skills, like naalbinding, with such deep roots. As Craftsters we understand that things made by hand have their own sort of life. Ancient and historical crafts like naalbinding connect us with the past, almost as a neverending length of wool reaching back through the millenia.
This is not to say that you can’t create some modern, fun projects using ancient techniques! Check out the projects here made with naalbinding. Some are ancient patterns and materials, others are fresh and new. All are fantastic! If you are interested in learning naalbinding, cottontop has very kindly provided many resources in this post. Thanks, cottontop!
What historic crafts would you like to see featured in the blog? Let Batgirl know!