The final pattern I was looking for was a frame of square-mesh netting. A square frame was shown in the Encyclopedia of Needlework by Therese De Dillmont. The size of the square and the opening in the center depends on the thread and mesh sticks used. The thicker the thread or larger the mesh stick is, the larger the square will be for the same number of square-meshes. Lacis or net embroidery can be added to decorate the frame.
Here are my instructions for creating this piece of square-mesh netting.
- Fill a netting needle or shuttle with thread or cord.
- Attach it to a foundation loop. To do this:
- Tie a slip knot in the thread or cord coming from the needle or shuttle. Leaving a tail, at least 2 to 3 inches.
- Slip the foundation-loop cord through the slipknot.
- Tie the foundation-loop cord into a circle thereby creating a foundation loop.
- Tighten the slipknot.
- Attach the foundation loop to a tension device.
- Choose a mesh stick.