Saturday, August 16, 2014

Netted Edging from Tatting and Netting & Quantity of hair that fits into a net hairnet


On page 109 of  Butterick Publishing Company's Tatting and Netting is found Netted Edging.



I found it interesting that the "medium bone mesh stick" appears to have been a 1/8" wide flat mesh stick and the "course knitting needle" seems to have been a size #0 knitting needle. I based my guesses on the fact that the largest row at the bottom used a 1/4" mesh stick.  When I measured the photo in the book, the largest row near the bottom was indeed 1/4" wide.  I used the measurements of the other parts of the edging to determine the other mesh stick sizes.

Row 9 was a bit challenging for me.  I like to visualize what I am doing and how it will work before I make a new stitch.  I could not visualize the process described and the results for this row.  Finally I just decided to try exactly what it said.  It worked, somehow.  I'm going to need to take a larger mesh stick and try it again to make sure I am doing the stitch correctly.


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People often ask how much hair a net snood or hairnet will hold.  The best way I have to explain is to show them a before and after photo.

I had a friend with long hair come over to visit. I asked her to model the hairnet I mentioned last week.






On the left she is wearing the hairnet.  

On the right is a photo of her hair.

All her hair fit nicely into the hairnet.





Saturday, August 9, 2014

Trimming, with Thick Loops and Fan Edge from Tatting and Netting and a hairnet from the early 16th century


On page 108 of  Butterick Publishing Company's Tatting and Netting is found Trimming, with Thick Loops and Fan Edge.



The instructions are fairly straightforward.  They do not tell exactly what size knitting needle to use, but they leave it up to you to decide.  I used a #5 knitting needle along with the 1/2" flat mesh stick they suggest.

The one problem I found was that row 5 should be deleted, at least if you go by the illustration included with the instructions.

I wonder what the edge would look like if, in the next to the last row, I were to skip 1 loop instead of the 3 loops the pattern suggests.


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Several weeks ago I was browsing online for hairnets and snoods.  I wanted to see what had been found before 1700. One hairnet that caught my eye was labeled "Hairnet, beginning of the 16th century, Linz Museum."

I liked the stitch pattern and decided to see if I could figure out how it had been made, just using the photo online.  It took several attempts, but here is my version of that hairnet.



























I made this hairnet as a rectangle, instead of my customary circle or triangle. That created a few problems for me at the upper corners. I suspect if I had sewed the cord to the loops, I might not have had the same problems - probably different ones though.

I experimented with different size mesh sticks and found that a 1/2" and a 1/8" seemed to give the same look and ratio that the online photo had.

I was surprised to find that the stitch was based on what I've called the Crisscross Decorative Stitch. The difference in look was created because this hairnet used one row of large mesh and two rows of small mesh.  The Crisscross Decorative Stitch version used two rows of large mesh and one of small mesh.


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Netted Lace from Tatting and Netting



In 1895 the Butterick Publishing Company published Tatting and Netting. The first 76 pages are devoted to tatting, while the 76 pages are devoted to netting.

One of the sections under Netting deals with "Edgings, Insertions, Fringes and Scollops."  Netted Lace is the first edge pattern in this section.  It is found on page 107.  



Saturday, July 26, 2014

Netted Edging from The Priscilla Netting Book


The Netted Edging, found on pages 27 and 28 of The Priscilla Netting Book (with Belle Robinson as editor and published in 1914), was made for circular netting.  It took a couple of tries to get a non-circular version that looked decent.




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After working a little here and a little there for over a month, I finally finished Whirl.  I've finished re-doing all the quick and easy doilies.  We'll see how long it takes before I get the next one done.


Whirl is about 14 inches in diameter and has 4,524 knots.


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Wide Netted Edging from The Priscilla Netting Book


This week I made the Wide Netted Edging, figure 59, from page 27 of The Priscilla Netting Book, by Belle Robinson, editor, (published in 1914).  Following the information I learned last week, I used the mesh sticks based on the circumference of the mesh stick, not the width.  The pattern called for three mesh sticks - a small: 3/8", a medium: 5/8", and a large: 7/8".  I used the following mesh sticks - a small: size 3 knitting needle, medium: size 8 knitting needle, and a large 3/8" flat mesh stick.



This edge needs to start with a multiple of 3.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Netted Border with Fringe from The Priscilla Netting Book; mesh stick sizes; netting needle sizes; and The Lost Art of Netting


I was delighted to see that there were mesh-stick sizes given in the Netted Border with Fringe from The Priscilla Netting Book by Belle Robinson, editor, (published in 1914). An illustration is found on page 29, and the instructions are found starting at the bottom of page 31. The pattern specified a "small (5/8-inch) mesh-stick" and a "large (7/8-inch) mesh-stick."  That seemed rather large to me, but I made it.


 My sample measured about 10 inches square. 


Then someone in our knitting group (yes, I was netting at the local library's knitting group) pointed out that the fringe was supposed to be wound over a "2-inch measure." Then she asked, "Does that mean the mesh stick was not measured the same way as the fringe?" Her question made me think; I remembered that somewhere I had seen mesh stick sizes measured by the circumference of the mesh stick, not the width of the mesh stick. We decided to experiment.

Since I did not have a flexible tape measure, I marked a piece of thread with a knot 7/8" from the end and tried different size mesh sticks (flat and round) to see which one the thread would wrap around.  The 3/8" flat mesh was the closest.  So that became my large mesh.  I did the same thing with a 5/8"- long piece of thread.  The #5 knitting needle was the closest fit.  That became my new small mesh.

Repeating the instructions again with the smaller mesh sticks, I made the edge again.  It was much closer to my idea of the size a netted edging should be.


My smaller sample measured about 3.75 inches wide by 5 inches long.




Gauge can be so important.  In netting, gauge is determined by the size mesh stick used. To give you an idea of the size difference between the two samples, I'll show them here in the same photo.


I should have looked in the front of the book before starting any patterns contained in it, especially since it is an entire book about netting instead of just a couple of patterns. When I did, I found some important information.  Here is what was said about mesh sticks:


  • Mesh-sticks are numbered by the actual measure around the stick, as 3/8-inch, 5/8-inch, 7/8-inch, or 1 inch. The 7/8-inch corresponds very well with the "lead pencil" one often finds in directions. The 1-inch mesh-stick makes a mesh one-half inch square, and the same proportion is true of any other size.
There was also some interesting information about metal netting needles:
  • Netting-needles are offered in six sizes: Nos. 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, and 22, No. 22 being the finest. It is somewhat longer, but in width is the same size as illustrated at Fig. 1. Any of the needles can be used with mesh-sticks 5/8 inch or larger; No. 16 needle is the largest that can be used with 3/8-inch mesh-stick.
It would be nice to have that variety in metal mesh sticks today.  

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This month continues to be exciting for me.  On July 3, 2014, I published my first book: The Lost Art of Netting: A How-To Book with Pictures and Patterns for the Beginning Netter (Volume 1). This week it appeared on Amazon.


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Edging from The Priscilla Netting Book


This net edging, simply called Edging, is from The Priscilla Netting Book, by Belle Robinson, editor, (published in 1914). An illustration is found on page 33, and the instructions are found on page 48. The instructions include the size of the mesh sticks - 3/8" and 7/8". This makes the edge 7.5 inches long.





I also made a netting sample using a 1/8" and a 3/8" mesh stick. This seemed to me to be better suited for a handkerchief edging since it measures 3 and 3/8 inches long.



UPDATE: I found out the reason for the problem.  Only a week late. It looks like I chose new mesh sticks correctly.

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This month started off with some excitement for me.  The July / August issue of Piecework Magazine included my article about netting and two net bookmarks I designed.