Nalbinding Workshop • Preston Guild City
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Preston Guild City

Nalbinding Workshop

Date Saturday 10 August 2019
Time 11:00am - 12:00pm
Location Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2PP
Cost £2.00

Nalbinding Workshop

Discover the ancient craft of Nalbinding...

This beginners workshop with textile artist Caroline Finnegan will teach you the ancient craft of Nalbinding.

Nalbinding uses long lengths of yarn and a single needle to repeat a continuous stitch, creating a set form, such as a hat, socks or mittens. The difference with nalbinding and knitting or crochet is that nalbinding does not fall apart when cut; it is a solid piece of textile.

There are many archaeological examples of nalbinding in Europe, the North Atlantic and Scandinavia, in many cases this form of knitting carried on until the late 13th century. However, the only archaeological example of nalbinding in the UK is from the Coppergate excavation, York, where the 10th Century Coppergate Sock was uncovered. The sock was made of stitches previously undiscovered, lending it to be the only example of the ‘York stitch’ in the world.

The ancient craft of Nålbinding, or single needle knitting, has just been listed as an Endangered Heritage Craft by the Heritage Craft Association UK.

Suggested age: 7 years and over.

Event times

This Nalbinding Workshop takes place on Saturday 10 August at the following times:

  • 11am-12pm
  • 1pm-2pm

How to book

Booking is essential and tickets are £2. To book tickets online visit Eventbrite - Fearsome Craftsmen: Nalbinding Workshop.


Q: Can I take my work home?

A: Yes, please take it home to enjoy!

Q: Do parents need to stay for the duration of the workshop?

A: All children must be accompanied by an adult (accompanying adults are not required to purchase a ticket to the workshop). Accompanying adults are required to stay for the workshop. Please ensure that any siblings that are too young to participate/play are supervised at all times.

Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition

The Fearsome Craftsmen exhibition takes place from 15 June. A touring exhibition from the award-winning JORVIK Viking Centre, visitors to the Harris will discover how over 1,000 years ago these invaders turned simple materials into complex objects. Explore how Vikings made their everyday necessities from antler, bone, horn, wood and leather and experience Viking-Age life with our replica house, complete with cooking equipment and loom.

Summer holiday events

For more family and kids' events taking place during the summer holidays see What's On: Kids' Summer Holidays 2019.

Map address for the Harris

Harris Museum & Art Gallery, Market Square, Preston, PR1 2PP.