7 March 2013

Netting needles

Before I start today I would like to tell you that I've slowly started sewing again!!!  The weather has been a bit warmer on a few days so I've been able to get in the conservatory.  New fabrics courtesy of Miranda (many thanks) have broken my vow not to make anymore bags.  I'm easily led astray!!!!  Here's the link.

OK, so here are the netting needles I own.

Just to prove (to myself more than anybody else) that I did do a bit of combining netting with tatting in the past here is a picture of a piece that I did for a little booklet produced by Margaret Hamer and Kathleen Waller.  Interestingly I learnt bobbin lace from Margaret - via snail mail to help her write the first  of a similar series of booklets she produced.

Can you see the picture at the bottom?  One is the net made into a square mesh and then stretched onto a frame and embroidered on and the other has a tatted centre with netting round it.  That was a nightmare to do as the picots on the tatting had to be just the right size to take the knots of the round of netting.  When I look back I believe I had more brain cells than I do now!!!!



9 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:41 pm

    I have 4 netneedles, very old, I think the same size as you have. I used them for celtic tatting, worked very nice. Iwant to learn making nets.
    Sonja from Holland

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  2. Your doily is a great work ! I did not associate tatting and netting like that but I already made a pattern for tatting with a netting motif ... ;-)

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  3. Wow! I've been intrigued by netting for a while, but have not quite made the leap to trying it out. I don't *really* need another thing to play with, but it sure is tempting...

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  4. I like your doily, I can see where that would be a work of patience, at least on my part. Thanks to Jane Dunn for sharing her expertise with us.

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  5. Thanks for the great display of your netting needles! I believe I've found a source at DS9 Design and plan to order one or two. In the meantime I'll be practicing the reverse Riego method of tatting, but only for the Celtic weaving! I'm a confirmed bobbin-with-hook slip and slider!

    I'm impressed that you managed to create that amazing doily with a combination of netting and tatting. I would think it's difficult to net in a circle!

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  6. The biggest problem with combining that tatted and netted piece was working out the size of picot needed which would then take about 5 or 7 filet knots!!!! Can't remember how many it was to each picot but it needed working out carefully.

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  7. I also did a bit of netting a long time ago. I wish I could find small netting needles - where did you buy yours? The only ones I've been able to find here in the US (Lacis')are very large!

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  8. Gosh, Karen, it must be 30 - 40 years since I was given my first needles and meshes. I did buy some more and remember a guy called Theodore Faberge who lived in Brighton (UK) who made me a few too. I believe they can still be bought from online sellers and occasionally on ebay. Have you tried 'googling' them?

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