|Getting started, March 7th.|
The word naalbinding is Danish, and the technique is called knotless netting or knotless knitting in English, according to Wikipedia's article about it. Essentially, it's a looped needle-weaving technique. Thanks to Pinterest, I found beautifully clear naalbinding diagrams here and posts on different ways to start toothbrush rugs here and here (According to Rugmakers Homestead there are non-naalbound toothbrush rugs, too.). Most of the tutorials online involve making round or oval rugs, but I quite like the simplicity of the rectangular striped one shown in progress here.
In my case, I am using a tattered queen-size cotton flannel sheet, torn into strips roughly two inches wide. Since I already specialize in another rugmaking technique, I decided to adapt the oval-or-round-rug instructions to make a bowl; after it gets big enough, I'll start attaching my rows so they go straight up. Here is my progress so far. I need to remember to attach new strips using an adaptation of this technique (for a flatter join) instead of using a knot (which creates unsightly bumps, which would feel awful underfoot if I was making a rug).
|Naalbound toothbrush rug, progress as of April 5th |
(mostly made in a single afternoon).
It's a 1980s-era 'pony flip', 'fancy tail', or 'topsy tail' hairstyling tool from my high school days (yes, I know, get off my lawn you whippersnappers). Look, it was stored with the instructions!
It works alright as a rag-rugging needle, but needs to be rethreaded constantly.
Note: This post is part of my #30DaysOfMaking Challenge.