The Challenge: Terminology
What is it? A needlebinded pair of socks
Fabric: 100 % organic wool, from norway – Sandes Garn
Pattern: Selfdrafted with inspiration from archaeological finds.
Year: Viking age and early medieval Scandinavia.
Notions: Made with a custom made bone needle.
How historically accurate is it? This is very accurate. There is a lot of finds from Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia. If I should make this more accurate I would need to find some hand dyed wool.
Hours to complete: 5 hours
First worn: Right now! This is the best socks to keep your cold feet warm!
Total cost: About $10 USD
How old the history of needlebinding goes back, I am not sure of. But it seems to be a part of the Scandinavian culture a long time before the start of the viking age.
I do not know where this picture is from. But i need to share it so you can get an idea of which model I am making, B.
This sock was found in Uppsala 1961, but is dated to early medieval time: read more here
Wanna learn more? Here is a german blog, where you can learn most of the basics. I must say I am a fan 🙂
Mellegren, Nusse: Nålbinding – The easiest, clearest ever guide, 2008.
Hald, M.: Olddanske tekstiler (Ancient Danish Textiles from bogs and burials), 1950.
This year I really hoped that I could limit myself to one or two projects at a time. However, that was not going to happen!
Right now, I am in the middle of a series of unfinished projects that does not feel that fun right now.
1940 – Grandmas heart open heart sweater
This one have I been working on for some time now. I started back in late January. So far, I’ve knitted the back, two fronts and half a sleeve. I am almost there. Only a couple of movies away from a finished sweater. Nevertheless, the spring and summer has come and my need for knitting have disappeared. I call this my grandma sweater because the pattern is from an old magazine she bought back in 1940. My mom informed me after starting the project that my grandmother also had made this sweater. So exiting. I would love to finish soon a show my grandfather (now 94 years old) it.
1899 – Sophies Jacket
I bought the pattern for this jacket back in January from Lauren at Wearing History. I had some wool fabric in my stash, so the only thing I needed was to get starting. I made the mockup a while ago, and put the project away for ones that are more urgent. However, one day I just fell like sewing this jacket, and started. I am now finished with the main construction. All I need is to make buttonholes, fasten some lining and decorate it with trims. I am half way through this project and hope to finish soon.
See Pattern here
1915 – Suit a long
Lauren at Wearing History have made a sew-along for a 1915s suit. You can follow this on Facebook. I am participating in this. I bought the fabric, printed the pattern and found my inspiration. All I need is time to start making it… and a 1910’s corset. Oh my!
See pattern here
1870’s – Bustle dress
I have also joined a paid class with Jenifer from Historical sewing. This is quite stupid, because it is in my exam period, which starts in a few days. But the patterns a bought. The fabric samples coming and the inspiration for dress is there. I NEED TIME!
Finally i’m back from my first archaeological excavation. I will tell more about this in a post later. This is so out of the genre, but here is a pattern for cross stitch or knitting a JAWS (Yes the movie), pillow, poster or what ever you like. I’ve made it myself. JAWS – Pattern It’s good to be back!