Beginner’s guide to netmaking, Part 3

In Part 2 of this series you learned how to put a starter row of loops onto a metal ring. Now we are going to put our first row of ‘proper’ loops or ‘meshes’ onto that first row. To begin, turn your work so that the twine that leads from the netting needle to the…

Beginner’s guide to netmaking, Part 2

Welcome back, novice netmakers. It’s time to get loopy 🙂 Long story short: there’s more than one way to start making a net, but one method is to put some loops onto a metal ring. (You can use a straight bar, but for these tutorials, I shall be using a metal ring. Mine was a…

Beginner’s guide to netmaking, Part 1

Why would you want to make a net anyway? Well, there are loads of reasons. You might want to tie down a load on the back of a small trailer. You could make a net grocery bag. You could rig up a sling for all those pesky teddy bears and other soft toys so that…

Welcome to the world of net noir

My efforts in netmaking have been fraught with difficulties recently. Loose knots, slipping threads, and snagged loops mostly. So frustrating that I might have felt like tearing my hair out, but for the fact that, even at times like this, net making can be so absorbing (some might call it addictive) that I’d probably only…

Skelly hammock

In recent weeks I’ve enjoyed learning a little about how to make nets. However, I’m at a loss as to what to do with them sometimes. After all, there are only so many net shopping bags you can use at any one time, and because of our non-aquatic lifestyle here at landlocked Waffle Towers we…

A bag hath appeared!

Well, I finally did it. Today I finished making my first net bag. I chose the basic design, whereby you thread some cordage through most of the side meshes and tie off to gather up the sides. Then you have to do more or less the same to the meshes on the short ends in…

A net hath appeared!

No idea where those blog post titles come from. They just spring straight out of my head like instant inspiration 🙂 This post’s title is a bit misleading though. It makes me sound sort of surprised, as if a net came into being where once was naught. Whereas, in reality (ah, I remember reality…) I’ve…

A hammock for Barbie

My prowess in the art of making nets is increasing every day. I have now managed (with no errors) to create a hammock for Shana’s Barbie doll. Don’t ask… On second thoughts, ask away 🙂 Anyway, for the technically minded, I used an appropriate pink shade of cotton yarn, plus of course the netting needles…

My first netting sample

As promised in the previous post, here is a small piece of netting I made this afternoon. I’m still honing my technique but so far so good. More netting stuff as and when…

Cardboard needles, the amazing new invention!

Necessity, as someone once said, is the mother of invention. Once again, the old saying has been proved true. The necessity, in our case, began with the need to try and stay cool in the short spell of searing temperatures that coincided with this year’s Wimbledon fortnight. It may be a gruelling test of stamina…