Swedish Publications

Last updated: 2016-11-03

 

If there is no direct order link, try checking what literature Slöjdmagasinet has for sale here, or searching for title/author at Swedish sites like bokborsen.se or tradera.se

If you live outside of Sweden, please note that most Swedish sites are in Swedish, and those sellers might not accept certain payment methods or ship internationally. But if there is a publication you really want, you can try asking in the Nålbindning group on facebook for help 🙂

 

..misc publications..

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Fataburen 1917, kulturhistorisk tidskrift
/ Maria Collin (1918) pp.71-78

200 pages in total(?), hardcover. Also published as 4 leaflets(?). Published in 1918 by the Nordic Museum, Sweden, a yearbook containing info about the museum, but also scientific essays/articles (read more here [in Swedish]). Contains the article “Sydda vantar” (sown mittens) that is about how Maria around 1915 saw “karakteristisk handaslöjd” (characteristic handicrafts) in Värmland, ie needlebound mittens and more. Also describes the technique with a number of black and white illustrations, and photos of items/finds.
Available online via projekt Runeberg, here [in Swedish]! (summary in English, coming shortly)

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Fataburen 1934, kulturhistorisk tidskrift
/ Holger Arbman & Elisabeth Strömberg (1935) pp.67-82

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Kulturen en årsbok 1945
/ (1946)

190 pages, hardcover, including ads and misc, whereof 4 pages about needlebinding. More info coming!

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Uppland, Upplands fornminnesförenings årsbok 1963
/ (1963) ISSN 0566-3059, pp.38-47

184 pages, hardcover. Contains the article “En medeltida socka i nålning” [A medieval sock in needleing] by Anne Marie Franzén. More info coming!

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Hemslöjden – den svenska hemslöjden från 1800-talets slut
/ Anna-Maja Nyhlén [1st ed.1968?] (4th ed.1975) s.315-318 ISBN: 91-7114-124-3

All in all 421 pages, about Swedish handicrafts from the end of the 19th century. Book mostly based on items, images and data in the Nordic Museeum’s collections. Features four pages long text about old and current terms for needlebinding, material and technique, and the few places in Sweden it is still kept alive. Most item finds are mittens and (milk) strainers, but a few hats have also been preserved. The technique has also been used for more odd items like horse blankets. [NB: the listed age for the Åsle Mitten is wrong though, but it wasn’t properly dated ’til in 2002, please see Att datera textilier, below] Also shows how to lay-up stitches, and photo examples of tälingar (shoe-liners), embroidered mittens and decorative elements. At least 4 editions, and fourth has some minor changes in the text and corrections (but none appears relevant to the needlebinding content).

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100 Landskapsvantar
/ ICA-Kuriren (1981)

51 pages. stapled. A collection of 114 mittens from Swedish [landskap] provinces that is the result of a contest in the magazine ICA-Kuriren 1980/1981. Contains work descriptions for knitted, crocheted, felted, two-end knitted mittens, and also a photo of one needlebound mitten that mostly appears to be inspiration since one is given literature tips. The two other mittens on these pages are listed as felted, so not entirely certain they are also needlebound. Editor Gia Wiman-Ringquist, desciptions by Gun Ferne och Ewa Johansson and photo  P. C. Arctaedius.

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Nils Månsson Mandelgren : en resande konstnär i 1800-talets Sverige
/ Bengt Jacobsson (1983) ISBN: 9136880477, pp 109, 165

229 pages. A collection of illustrations and works by Nils Månsson Mandelgren, a travelling artist in the 19th century of Sweden. Includes description of needlebound “slickskräppor” (salt containers for cows) (p.165), and “tussar” (p.106) [warm woolen socks, i.e. shoe-liners that elsewhere could be referred to as “tälingar”]. Although Mandelgren himself called them “crocheted”, so one has to assume he was not so savvy when it comes to such handicrafts. More info coming!

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Hemslöjden 1985; 5
/ Text: Berit Westman & Photos: Berit Westman & Anna-Karin Reimersson (1985) pp.10-13

Swedish handicrafts magazine, this fifth issue from 1985 features the 3 page article Att “söma” och sy nålvantar. It writes about a needlebinding handicrafts survey in 1984/1985 in Västmanlands län / county, where the purpose was to find out about current needlebinding traditions in the county, who the practitioners were and what variants of the technique that have existed and still exist. Briefly also describes needles made by unboiled pig’s legs,  how sömvantar were work mittens,  that some recent needlebinders seem to think there is only one “right” way to needlebind ie what stitch to use, but that is of course not true! Also lists 11 found stitches, and describes principle on how to make skotälingar, ie shoe-liners made out of horse hair that was used outside of woolen socks inside boots.

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Hemslöjd – Västmanlands fornminnesförening och Västmanlands läns museum, årsskrift 1986
/ (1986) pp.54-60 ISBN: 0349-9820

All in all 155 pages, hardcover. Includes 7 page article about “Nålbindning i Västmanlands län”, ie “Needlebinding in Västmanlands county”. A more full article on this topic, ie  needlebinding handicrafts survey in 1984/1985 in Västmanlands län / county, compared to the brief article published in 1985 in the above publication, Hemslöjden 1985;5. This version also has a few examples of the survey questions and answers included, as well as photos and instructions on how to do lay-up when needlebinding.

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Att göra färdigt.. att avsluta textila arbeten
/ Margaretha Cras (1987) ISBN: 91-86896-10-5

105 pages, softcover book. A book for those that have something hidden away and unfinished somewhere, and uncertain how to finish their work and how to practically go about it. Contains listing and overview of various handicrafts, including needlebinding, and reading tips for learning more about them. So mostly for finishing-off references/inspiration, not really a beginner’s book in needlebinding or anything like that.

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Gamla textila tekniker i ull
/ Kerstin Gustafsson (1990) ISBN: 91-27-34502-5 / EAN: 9789127345027

116 pages, hardcover. Features many different textile crafts including nålbindning. Includes instruction for how to cast-on and how to splice yarn etc and a number of different stitch types. There is also an older edition of this book from 1988, with ISBN 9136027030. More info coming!

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Att datera textilier
/ Margareta Nockert & Göran Possnert (2002) pp.??-?? ISBN: 9789178446209

120 pages, stapled. Is about every outfit, piece of clothing and interior textile in Sweden that have been dated with the carbon14 method, including the so called Åsle Mitten, that one first thought to be from the 200 to 400s, but that is now dated to the 1500/1600s. More info coming!

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Syvantar, Hemindustrin kring syvantarna i Kinds härad 1884-1893
/ Kristina Risenfors (2006)

27 pages + 5 appendix pages. B-essay for History B 2005/2006, Karlstad University. More info coming soon!

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The Broadcloth Factory. Anders Hansson Textile Entrepreneur at Mölneby estate in Östra Frölunda: A Proto – Industrialist of The 19th Century from Sjuhäradsbygden?
/ Kristina Risenfors (2010)

49 pages + 9 appendix pages. C level essay in History C, Autumn Term 2010, faculty of Social Sciences and Life Science at Karlstad University, Sweden. Please note, the title and summary have English versions but the rest of the essay is in Swedish! Its purpose “is to survey the textile based proto-industrialism in Sweden in the middle of the 19th century. This case study is founded upon Anders Hansson’s pre-industrial textile production at the estate of Mölneby”. Syvantar (sown mittens) ie needlebound mittens are referenced as a production item in the manufacturing business.
Available online via the homepage of Karlstad’s University library, here!

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Sörmlandsbygden 2006
/Editor ??? (2005)

??? pages. Year book about Sörmland [province in Eastern Sweden]. More info coming! Published by Södermanlands hembygdsförening [local history society of Södermanland (often abbreviated to Sörmland)]. Contact info here [in Swedish] to inquire about possible purchase.

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Värmländsk kultur, nr 3-4
/ Elisabeth Jacks-Svantesson (2010) pp.26-27

Brief article about Nålbunda vantar (Needlebound mittens) where Elisabeth tells how it came to be that she as a hemslöjdskonsulent (x) began an inventory of needlebound mittens, and the goal of gathering material and info about such, that resulted in a book taht was published in 2011 – Vinterblomster (Winterblossoms)! Listed below.

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Sörmlandsbygden 2011
/Editor Margareta Elg (2010)

??? pages. Year book about Sörmland [province in Eastern Sweden]. Article about “Vantar i garderobe”, ie “Mittens in the wardrobe”. More info coming! Some pub.info här [in Swedish]. Published by Södermanlands hembygdsförening [local history society of Södermanland (often abbreviated to Sörmland)]. Contact info here [in Swedish] to inquire about possible purchase.

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..good beginner’s books..

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Lär dig nålbindning
/ Helga Steffensen (1976) ISBN:?

56 pages, softcover book. Swedish version of the Danish publication Nålebinding, by the same author. Contains brief history as well as pattern descriptions for mittens, hats, embellishments etc. Then should also show how to needlebind with 5 simple and flat stitches (that are not named?), when one does not have any thumb loop(s).

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Nålbindning
/ Märta Brodén (? ed.1978) ISBN: 91-36-00891-5

Book packed with info, including craft history, finds, wool and yarn information, techniques and patterns. Also include info on fulling (valkning). Of course also featuring many images and illustrations. There are at least two editions (1973, 1978) and one re-print of the first edition (1974) of this book. The 1978 softcover edition is 94 pages.

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Nålbindning 12 varianter
/ Firma Tumvanten (1983) ISBN 91-970550-0-X

Leaflet, three versions published by Firma Tumvanten – 1995: 12 pages, 1983: 16 pages and also 1983: 24 pages [more info coming about any other particular edition differences!]
Text: Berit Westman & photo Erik Westman. 12 variants of needlebinding, with step by step instructions and illustrations. At least the last listed 1983 edition contains a mitten and sock pattern and info about needlebinding surveys in Västmanlands Län / county, Sweden (see above, Hemslöjd 1985:5 and more).  See below for reworked edition from 2001.

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Nålbindning 12 varianter
/ Västmanlands läns hemslöjdsförbund (2001) ISBN: 91-631-0670-1

30 pages, booklet. Re-worked version of leaflet with the same from 1983 by Berit Westman (see above), now with text by Anna Karin Reimerson and illustrations by Ingelöv Åstrand. Title in English reads “12 variants of needlebinding”, with step by step instructions and images. Also includes mitten and sock pattern and info about needlebinding surveys in Västmanlands Län / county, Sweden (see above, Hemslöjd 1985:5 and more).

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Att Nålbinda – Ur ett historiskt perspektiv
/ Martina Petterson (????)

55 pages, leaflet, in English title reads “To needlebind – from a historical perspective”, aimed at when, how and what one has needlebound throughout the ages but also including a description of a simple needlebinding stitch and a pattern sketch for socks and mittens. Order here or here.

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Nålbindning – the easiest, clearest guide ever ! Nålbindning – steg för steg
/ Nusse Mellgren (2005) ISBN: ??? (2008) ISBN:978-91-633-2974-6, 91-633-2974-3 (2014) 9163761920, 978-9163761928

Bi-lingual instruction book in Swedish and English, with over 50 illustrations. So far appears to have been printed in three editions. The third edition also includes patterns/descriptions for how to make armwarmers, socks and a sweater. Order here, here, here or here (Sweden) or here or here (USA), and might be available here, here and here (USA).

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Nålbindning Då och Nu
/ Kerstin Gustafsson (2015) ISBN: 9789188173188

92 pages, softcover. A book about needlebinding then and now, dedicated to enthusiasts as well as beginners that want to learn more about this technique that has been “forgotten” for a long time. Knowledge has been passed from generation to generation, so needlebinders today are part of an important chain! [NB: appears to have incorrect dating for Åsle mitten, ie 1300s instead of 1500/1600s ] Order here, here, here or via stores listed here! If you live outside of Sweden, try contacting Kerstin directly, if possible to order via her.

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..mittens/socks/etc focus..

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Nålbindning – Handledning av Märta Brodén
/ Märta Brodén (1972)

16 pages, leaflet. Has info about shrinkage allowance, patterns, technique, tools, splicing yarn, adjusting items and work-order, as well as pattern for how to make socks for a child and adult, mittens and info about fulling by hand, by brushing one side, with a machine, material, work-order, “after-fulling”, shaping, rinsing and washing.

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Nålbindning – Historiskt och modernt i Stockholms län
/ Eva Anderson (2009) ISBN:?

56 pages, softcover. Title translates to “Needlebinding – historical and modern in Stockholm county”. Features history and illustrations on how to make anything from work mittens to more fancy clothing items. Includes needlebinding variations that have existed in [the cities/regions] Södertörn, Västerby, Fullbro, Stutby, Norrtälje, Brottby, Södertjära. Order here, here or here.

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Söma, nåla, binda – nålbundet från Uppland
/ Linnea Rothquist Ericsson, Anita Andersson, Håkan Liby & Olle Norling (2003) ISBN: 91-85 618-72-1

?? pages, hardcover. “Söm(m)a”, “nåla” and “binda” are old Swedish words for needlebinding, and this book is about needlebound items from Uppland, a county/geographical region in Swedish located near Stockholm. Work descriptions contain images and illustrations to recreate 15 different local finds. Meaning 13 mittens, 1 hat and 1 pair of socks (based on the find of the Uppsala sock). Published by Upplandsmuseet (Museum of Uppland) that at least sold it on location in its shop in Oct-2016, more info here. Order here.

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Asa design – Nålbindning för nybörjare
Åsa & Mia Höij (2006)

6 pages, leaflet. Brief history, about suitable yarn, how to cast-on and important steps to practice as a beginners. Also is included as course material in courses the sisters offer. Read more/order here.

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Sömade vantar från Spångmurs [booklet]
/ Louise Ström (2008) ISBN 13: 978-91-976343-4-2, ISBN 10: 91-976343-4-4 (ISBN to be registered shortly)

33 pages, A5-format. Describes the basics of needlebinding for right and lefthanded, and how to needlebind mittens and socks. Order here or here.

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Sömade vantar från Spångmurs [CD]
/ Louise Ström

CD containing the leaflet by the same name (see above), and also videos showing how to needlebind the first row, how to increase, splicing yarn as well as two variants of a stitch. For right and lefthanded. Order here.

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Fem nålbindningsmönster från Spångmurs 
/ Louise Ström

?? pages, A5-format? Presumes that you already can needlebind, and contains in total five descriptions, including two different types of hats and wrist warmers, mittens and headbands. Order here.

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Vikingatida klädedräkt – Nålbindning efter fynd
/ Susanna Broome & Iduna Sundarp (2016) ISBN: ?

?? pages, stapled? Author’s blog post here [in Swedish]! Also available in Swedish. More info coming.. Available directly from author or resellers, more info here [in Swedish/English]!

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Vinterblomster – nålbundna vantar från Dalby i Värmland
/ Elisabeth Jacks  Svantesson (2011) ISBN: 978-91-633-9102-6

?? pages, softcover? Giving an insight into the history of needlebinding and focuses on in particular women in upper area of the valley of Klarälven, in a region of Värmland called Dalby, that with a    rough needle and homespun yarn created mittens. This enabled creative work opportunities for several generations, and beautifully embroidered mittens followed in its wake.  Order here or here. Interview here [in Swedish] with layout artist Anita Stjernlöf-Lund, who received an award for the cover being the most beautiful in Värmland 2011!

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Nålbunden flätkant
/ Jannie Hasselby (????)

?? pages, leaflet. About how to needlebind a braided edge. Order via Maria Lind Heel, see below,
or order here!

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Nålbindningsserien (????-)

The following leaflets are part of the series, Nålbindningsserien, by Maria Lind Heel
and can all be ordered via her blog/website here, or some also here!

Nålbindningsserien, 1. Handledsvärmare – så gör du

?? pages. How to make handwarmers.

-Nålbindningsserien, 2. Sockor – så gör du

?? pages. How to make socks.

Nålbindningsserien, 3. Mössor – så gör du

?? pages. How to make hats.

-Nålbindningsserien, 4. Vantar – så gör du

?? pages. How to make mittens.

– Nålbindningsserien, 5. Tröja – så gör du

?? pages. How to make sweaters.

-Nålbindningsserien, 6. Jul – så gör du

?? pages. How to make garlands.

 -Nålbindningsserien, 7. Halsvärmare – så gör du

?? pages. How to make cowls.

-Nålbindningsserien, 8. Leksaksmat – så gör du

?? pages. How to make play food.

[..more Swedish translations of these leaflets, coming soon!]

 

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The following leaflets are part of the series, Lär dig nålbinda, by Ann Ravn & Maria Lind Heel
and call all be ordered via Maria’s blog/website here, or some also here!

-Lär dig att nålbinda – Oslo- och Yorkstygnet

?? pages. How to create the Oslo and York stitch.

-Lär dig att nålbinda – Oslo- och Yorkstygnet, för vänsterhänta

?? pages. How to create the Oslo and York stitch, for lefthanded.

-Lär dig att nålbinda – Mammen, Brodén- och Långarydsstygnet

?? pages. How to create the Mammen, Brodén and Långaryd stitch.

-Lär dig att nålbinda – Mammen, Brodén- och Långarydsstygnet, för vänsterhänta

?? pages. How to create the Mammen, Brodén and Långaryd stitch, for lefthanded.

 

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