Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Ladies' Hand-book of Knitting, Netting, and Crochet by the author of "The Ladies' Hand-book of Fancy Needlework and Embroidery"

There are at least two digital copies of  The Ladies' Hand-book of Knitting, Netting, and Crochet  by the  author of The Ladies' Hand-book of Fancy Needlework and Embroidery.  This link is to the one that seems to have all its pages scanned.  The other copy is missing many of the even numbered pages.  As far as I could tell, the earlier book by this author, The Ladies' Hand-book of Fancy Needlework and Embroidery,  does not appear to have been digitized yet.  A few libraries and museums have copies.

The following list of netting history, equipment descriptions, stitches and patterns are included in The Ladies' Hand-book of Knitting, Netting, and Crochet:

  1. history of netting (page vii)
  2. Necessary Implements for Netting (page 7)
  3. Plain Netting (page 13)
  4. Net with Points (page 16)
  5. Net with Beads (page 16)
  6. Grecian Netting (page 17)
  7. Diamond Netting (page 17)
  8. Plain Open Netting (page 19)
  9. Plain Netted Mittens (page 39)
  10. Netted Cuff, with Silk and Wool (page 40)
  11. Netted Fringe (page 41)
  12. Plain Netted Gentleman's Purse (page 41)
  13. A Lady's Purse (page 41)
  14. A Purse with China Silk (page 42)
  15. A Seam Purse, with Beads (page 42)
  16. A Netted Bag, with Ring (page 42)
  17. Dice Pattern Purse (page 42)
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Mother Nature has a way of putting a hold on activities otherwise planned.  The beginning netting classes I was planning to teach today at  Novice Schola were cancelled because of the feet of snow dumped on us last night.  

This is what I saw when I opened the door to the carport.

The front door would not open because of the snow piled against it on the outside.

We measured about 21" depth of snow in the driveway. (photo on the right)

Last week, while we still thought the event would happen, I was trying to come up with a quick, easy project to make in square-mesh netting.  My SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) friends made a suggestion.

When I showed it to them, they agreed it was just what they had envisioned -- a Cup Cover

What is that?  Think back to the last picnic you had.  You had a cup of something to drink that the flies wanted to sample.  This net cup cover, placed over your cup, will keep the flies, bees and other flying creatures out of your drink.  At least that's what my friends assured me.  Today, there are no flies outside to experiment with, and I'm not going to take a cup of anything outside in this weather.  I'll sip my hot chocolate by the heater.

The netting is 6" square and made with string and a 3/8" mesh stick.  The glass beads at the corners add weight to the cover so it won't blow off.


Tony said...

That is a nice idea Rita. How do add the beads? Do you have them strung on the cord and slide them along the cord until needed? Thanks. Tony
P.S. The simple net bag you presented last week is also very nice.

Rita said...

For this I ran a thin crochet thread through the bead and tied the bead to the corner after everything else was done. The hole of the bead was too small for the string to go through.

If I used crochet thread instead of string I might have tried to attach the bead to the loop of the previous row by pulling the loop through the bead and then netting through the loop.

The beads are too large to slip through the meshes if I put them on the crochet thread when I wound the thread on my needle.