Saturday, April 28, 2012

Circular Netting, Centers, and Edges

I have been copying the net centers, edges, and stitches from my old netting site and placing them in what will be my updated netting site.  This week I finally got the centers and the edges copied over with a slightly new look.  I also included the instructions to that particular center or edge when the name is clicked.

The increase, decrease, and decorative stitches still have just the name and picture (or in some cases just the name).   Putting the instructions up for these stitches will have to wait for another week.

I am starting to decide which patterns to use for my next netting class.  Since the class will focus on circular netting, I decided to include one of the patterns my grandmother used to teach me.  I've narrowed it down to 3 patterns.




Which doily would you like to see included in the class?

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Net Miser Purse

A few weeks ago I received an e-mail in which the writer expressed a desire to learn to net to make a net purse like those from Jane Austen's era.    I had not considered making a net purse, but after looking at several websites, they began to intrigue me.

In fact, I went so far as to order one from Trinity Antiques (they still have two left: a green one and a blue one).  After all, it is easier for me to figure out a pattern when the article is in my hand.  It arrived this morning.  It appears to be made from end to end rather than around.  Now I have one more project to add to my collection. 

In the course of my searching for Regency period net purses, I found a couple of links filled with information.

A couple of pages from Candice Hern - one on Miser Purses and one on Georgian Knitted and Netted Sovreign Purses

An article, The Reticule, A Regency Handbag, which gives background information on what a reticule is.

If you get tired waiting for me to finish this project, you could look at the instructions for netted purses in  The lady's assistant for executing useful and fancy designs in knitting, netting, and crochet work by Mrs. Gaugain (Jane) on Google Books. 

Saturday, April 14, 2012

One more top-down net shopping bag

The final net bag I made on my recent trip was smaller than the circular one and bigger than the spiral one.  Like the other two, I started with a piece of previously-made netting for the middle of the handle. 

The handle had some wrapped loops in it, but no overhand knot.  The use of wrapped loops and the increased number of loops help the mouth of the bag stay nice and wide.

This bag was made with circular netting.  By tying an overhand knot to join the string from the bag and the string from the netting shuttle, it is easy to know when each round is finished.  That makes it easy to know when to start the decreases for the bottom of the bag.

The grommet at the bottom of the bag is the last thing finished on this style of bag.   This grommet will be one of the techniques taught in the next netting class I record.

I'm still looking on a name for the next class, which will focus on circular netting.  For some reason Circular Netting class seems rather bland.  I'll keep thinking and see what I come up with.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Square-Mesh Netting Class is Completed

If you've been waiting for me to finish the Square-mesh Netting class, I've got good news for you.  It's done!

The class is $35.00 through PayPal and you should be able to start soon after you pay.  If you have problems getting into the classroom, email me and I'll discover where technology went wrong.  There is no ending date for this class, so you can watch the videos over and over.  Print the PDF file handouts to use when you're away from the computer.  Try some or all of the patterns.

What is Square-mesh Netting?   Look at this video to see a brief explanation.

Scroll through the class syllabus to see what information is given and which patterns are included.

Register for this class to learn to make square-mesh netting.