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The Danish term nålebinding is variously translated 'looped needle netting', 'needle binding' or 'needle coiling'. It is a technique in which a needle threaded with a short length of yarn is successively passed through loops, making a network consisting of a series of interconnected loops. It can be worked straight or in the round. Since it cannot be made with a ball of thread (as knitting and crochet are) it is necessary to join more thread from time to time as the textile grows. It produces a thick, elastic fabric which does not unravel.

Nålebinding is an ancient technique, and has bee…

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Gale R. Owen-Crocker, “Nålebinding”, in: Encyclopedia of Medieval Dress and Textiles, Edited by: Gale Owen-Crocker, Elizabeth Coatsworth, Maria Hayward. Consulted online on 14 August 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2213-2139_emdt_COM_465>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004124356, 20120503

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