Saturday, 22 February 2014

Needle making

I wanted another needle for the nalbindning. I had a bit of wood, thought I would try to make my own. I used a craft knife and some sandpaper. I have never done any carving before, but I could manage this. The needle is not totally symmetrical, but very functional. If you were a Viking, broke your needle and made yourself a new one, you would not take the time to make it perfect, functional is good enough.

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Tatting for a shawl

I can't finish one project before starting another....I got bored with doing flowers for my blue shawl. I have a black one, and just started to make an edging for that. It is the sisters edging from Be-stitched. I doubled the edging, I think it looks good in these colors. I used King Tut quilt thread for it. My favorite thread at the moment. Nice and thin.

Saturday, 15 February 2014

Visit to den Bosch

Today I went on an excursion with the club, to the Noordbrabants Museum, and the Hiëronymus Bosch Art Center.
The Noordbrabants museum has been closed for a couple of years for remodelling. The inside has not really changed.
This is a view from inside to the entrance:
Of course we went to the archeological department first. The exhibit there has been changed, there are some interactive elements now, great for kids. But a lot less information. One example: it mentioned pottery found in a grave, but did not say what kind of pottery. I know a bit about it, but it bothered me.
After lunch it was time for the Hiëronymus Bosch Art Center. All the works that survive by Hiëronymus Bosch are collected here, not the real ones, but very good copies.
We first watched a movie about the life of, and the city he lived. His way of painting was explained, what he wanted to show. Then it was up to the top of the tower, 5 floors up, by elevator.
There is a lovely view of den Bosch from the top. I had to take the picture through the glass, but it came out fine.
Then down some winding stairs, with paintings on every floor.
Being a tower the floors were not very big, there was not much room to stand back, to take proper pictures.
The only one I took a picture of:
All the way down, his drawings were on the left. Down some steps to the cellar, with a recreation of the workroom of the painter.
As soon as I saw it, I thought it would be great to copy in miniature. Maybe I will do that someday.
It was a nice day out, we even had some sunshine. Not cold, but very windy.

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Update nalbindning

Finished my hat! The needle I used came from Jelling Dragon. They also have a book on nalbindning.
It was fun and fast to do, and what I really like about it, a stitch once made can't be removed, not like knitting or crochet.
The wool I used was not the best choice, almost no twine in it. and the friction of pulling it through the stitches caused it to split easily, I did a lot of felting ends together! That was no trouble at all, with this wool.
The needle won't be staying in the hat, I will be using it for other projects.


The weather is not very nice. Not very cold, but lots of rain and wind. Not the kind of weather to go outside.
I had been planning to make a project with nalbindning, or nalbinding, there are different ways of spelling.
Nalbindning is an ancient technique, not done very much any more, nowadays people crochet, or knit.
textiles made with the technique of nalbindning have been found from the Vikings, Mediëval times, and even a trace from the Bronze Age.
I decided a hat would be nice. Spent a couple of hours yesterday working on it, and it is looking good. It is a quick technique, probably helped by the fact I am using thick wool!
not quite finished yet, but a good way along.
I have started another tatting project, that will take quite some time before it is finished.
These projects will keep me busy this weekend. My nephew has his birthday party Sunday, I also need to go get him a birthday present. That is fun! He is a very inquisitive little boy, something to build or experiment with will be perfect for him.