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Online Event and Activity: Needle Binding

As part of the Bealtaine festival, celebrating the arts and creativity as we age, the National Museum of Ireland – Archaeology, presented a special online workshop about needle binding, which is a time correct textile technique for the Viking Age, with Ellen Hagen from the Museum of Archaeology at the University of Stavanger, Norway. During this online event, Ellen will present the history and uses of ‘N√•lbindning’, or needle binding, and will demonstrate the technique for you to try at home. This online pre-recorded workshop, will be followed by a live online question and answer segment with Ellen Hagen.

This was recorded as a closed YouTube live event with a pre-recorded demonstration and live Q&A. This took place on Friday 28th May, 2021. 

Materials required to do needle binding are provided here, along with information sheets, and instructions on how to do needle binding.

Needle Binding - Materials
Needle Binding - Instructions

The instruction manual has kindly been made available by Ellen Hagen of the Museum of Archaeology, at the University of Stavanger, Norway

This event took place as part of the Bealtaine festival. Each year for the month of May, the Bealtaine festival takes places. This festival focuses on the celebration of art and creativity as we age, and is organised by Age and Opportunity. For more information, please see the Bealtaine website. Details for this event can also be viewed on the Bealtaine website. 

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