Nalbinding is a looped textile technique that uses a single bone needle and one to three yard pieces of yarn. It’s generally associated with the Vikings and Scandinavian cultures. But it actually dates back much further than that. Surviving examples have been found in the Tarim Basin in China estimated at 3000 years old. And other examples have been found in Egypt, Isreal and Syria. European artifacts are mainly hats, mittens, socks and bags. Middle Eastern examples range from hairnets to garment trim.
The technique uses a large, flat bone needle with an eye big enough to carry a heavy weight yarn. This video set explains how to make the needle with minimal tools. All you need is a saw and a knife. Of course, more modern tools will give you a faster result, and more primitive flint tools will give you a more authentic experience. But regardless of the tools you use, the process is simple. You cut the blank from a rounded corner of bone, shape it, smooth it and finally cut a hole for the eye.
This video is in two parts and shows the whole process start to finish. Enjoy!