HNW - lacis

Ceridwen Attwood cattwood at
Wed Oct 8 19:53:51 PDT 1997

Need for a netting page on the WWW?  You bet!  And I'm sorry to hear that
what's in the Reader's Disgust _Complete Guide to Needlework_ doens't work
because I have that and thought it looked like it might be kind of fun to
try.  Ah, well. I'll put the books you mentioned on my list.  I've got
plenty of other projects to keep me busy.

I wouldn't dream of going to a meeting without some sort of project to
keep my hands busy.  I've done lots of embroidery that way.  My other
favorite time& place is in front of the TV.  TV's too mindless by
itself--but then, so are most meetings I've been to!

Ceridwen ferch Taliesin of Eglwysbach

On Wed, 8 Oct 1997, Donna Hrynkiw wrote:

> Hello from Donna,
> On Wed, 8 Oct 1997, Maryanne wrote:
> > Where did you learn how to make net?  As in:
> > Maryanne
> > mffski at
> I started with the Reader's Digest Needlework book (did I get the title
> right?) and just -couldn't- get the knots to stop slipping. Small wonder,
> the RDN netting illustrations are WRONG. Yuck, patooey. Don't use it.
> Then I found "Knotting and Netting - The Art of Filet Work" by Lisa Melen
> at my local library and figured out what I was doing wrong and how to make
> it right. (Proper netting knots don't slip.) At that point I made a
> netted bait-bag for my dad out of fishing line (I don't recommend it
> -- doesn't hold a knot worth sh*t).
> Then I left it alone for several years while I explored bobbin lace, until
> I started seeing pictures of lacis in my lace books and determined to
> try it again. 
> I've been collecting netting and lacis books ever since. Most often
> you'll find netting in a chapter of a general needlework book like De
> Dillmont's "Encyclopedia of Needlework", Caufeild's "Encyclopedia of
> Victorian Needlework", and "Weldon's Encyclopedia of Needlwork". The
> KliotS have also edited an "Art of Netting" that is primarily 'fancywork'
> netting rather than functional.
> But my all-time coolest netting find was "Down East Netting" by Barbara
> Morton. This was the first book I'd found that got deep enough into the
> topic to explain the difference between "old-fashioned" vs. "new
> fashioned" method of netting. The book deals primarily with netting
> as it was used in the fishing community, but has a number of 'shopping
> bag'-style projects, and is the most comprehensive netting book I have.
> I like netting. It's pretty darned mindless once you get the motions
> into a rhythm, and I find it makes meetings go much faster.
>  ...unlike lacis, which I haven't done enough of to get to the mindless
> stage; I suspect I never will. It's sorta like one of those puzzles where
> you're supposed to draw a line through every side of a shape, but only once,
> and you have to leave a path so you can join back to the beginning.
> If you're going to try and teach yourself netting, I recommend using a
> thick, hard thread that shows the knots clearly. I teach using parcel or
> butcher's string. 
> (Hmmmm. Is there a need for a netting page on the WWW?...)
> Donna Hrynkiw
> SCA: Elizabeth Braidwood
> donna at
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