Saturday, November 30, 2013

Netting in Magazines - International Old Lacer's Bulletin

Several years ago I stumbled across some articles on netting that had been published between 1968 and 1982 by the IOLI.  This week I found those same articles located in two places, here and here.

According to their website, IOLI was founded in 1954 as Old Lacers.  Their name has been changed several times: 1959 to National Old Lacers, 1970 to International Old Lacers, Inc., and 2012 to International Organization of Lace, Inc.

Here are some of the articles about netting I found in this quarterly magazine.
  1. September 1970
    1. Section: Art of Netting; Article: Corner in Darned or Guipure Netting (page 11)
    2. Section: Art of Netting; Article: Netted Neckerchief (page 11)
  2. January 1971
    1. Article: Filet (page 40)
  3. January 1973
    1. Section: Netting and Guipure; Article: Netting (page 39)
    2. Section: Netting and Guipure; Article: South Beloit Women Preserve Lacemaking, Antique Lace Made (page 40)
  4. May 1973
    1. Article: Netting (photo of doily made by Mrs. Frank Nelson) (page 65 )
    2. Section: Book Review; Author: Mary Lou Kueker; Article: Netting by Primrose Cumming (page 78)
    3. Section: Book Review; Author: Mary Lou Kueker; Article: La rete a Rosoni (Rosette Netting) (page 78)
    4. Section: Book Review; Author: Mary Lou Kueker; Article: A Treasury of Needlework Projects from Godey's Lady's Book by Arlene Z. Wiczyk (page 78)
  5. November 1976
    1. Article: Netting (page 26)
    2. Article: Filet Lace (page 27)
  6. November 1977
    1. Author: Sheila Bottorff; Article: Tatting-Frivolite [includes illustrations for tying the netting knot] (page 44)
  7. May 1977
    1. Section: A Book of Modern Netting Designs; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: "Kissin' Cousin" fantail fish design (photo only) (page 98)
    2. Section: Filet Square; Author: Kay Asahi; Article: Single or plain mesh (page 99 )
  8. January 1978
    1. Section: A Practical Use of Netting; Article: Netted Doily (page 70)
    2. Section: A Practical Use of Netting; Article: Netting the New Wool Scarfs (page 70)
    3. Section: A Practical Use of Netting; Article: Netted Edging (page 70)
  9. July 1979
    1. Section: Modano Lace; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: Modano Lace (page 139)
  10. January 1980
    1. Section: Modano Lace; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: Circle It [net doll skirt] (page 52)
    2. Section: Modano Lace; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: Garden Party [netting on Pillow Cases] (page 52)
    3. Section: Modano Lace; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: Lacy Shawl (page 53 )
    4. Section: Modano Lace; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: Garden Hat (page 53)
    5. Section: Modano Lace; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: Lace on Lace (page 53)
    6. Section: Modano Lace; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: Modano Lace Star for a Birthday Calendar of Calligraphy (page 53)
  11. May 1980
    1. Section: Modano Lace; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: Modano Lace [forming a center without a foundation loop] (page 92)
    2. Section: Modano Lace; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: Tool Keeper Tip (page 93)
  12. November 1980
    1. Section: Book Review; Article: The Technique of Filet Lace by Pauline Knight (page 26 )
  13. May 1981
    1. Section: Modano Lace; Author: Mrs. Bertha Cragun; Article: Pauline Knight [author of The Technique of Filet Lace] (page 69)
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Last Saturday I went to two baby showers.  Although they were not held at the same time, they were held in the same large building.  That made it easier to go from one to the other.  As a gift, I brought what everyone who knows me expected - a net bag.

Since I am trying to get my instructions correct for my net bags before I publish them, I have two different styles here.

The blue bag is a rectangular bag with a single tied handle.  

The pink bag is a circular bag made from the bottom up and has two handles.

Of course the bags contained some of my favorite baby bibs.  

Judging from the comments at the baby showers I attend, the bibs are a favorite with other mothers also.

The baby bibs are made of tea-towels and have ribbing around the neck edge.  

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Netting in Magazines - The What-not; or Ladies’ Handy-book

This magazine or book came out yearly from 1859 through 1866.  I have found four years of The What-not; or Ladies’ Handy-book and Monthly Magazine of Literature, Fashion and General Domestic Utility available in digital format - 1859 and 18601861 and 1863.  1859 and 1860 are in the same digital file.  The following netting patterns were found in those magazines.

  1. 1859
    1. Anti-Macassar in Netting and Darning (page 90)
    2. Cover for Brioche Cushion in Netting and Darning (page 113)
    3. Berlin Cushion (page 209)
  2. 1860 [ found after page 318]
    1. Anti-Macassar in Netting and Darning (page 17)
    2. Ornamental Pincushion (page 169)
  3. 1861
    1. Grate Apron - with illustration [combined crochet and netting] (page 216)
  4. 1863
    1. Easy Chair Cover in Netting and Darning (page 153)
    2. Netted Shawl (page 279)
    3. Night-dress Envelope, in Netting and Darning (page 311)
    4. Fire-Grate Veil (page 312)
    5. Border for Curtains in Netting and Darning (page 382)
    6. Purse in Netting and Darning (page 383)
    7. Netted Window Curtain (page 56) [this page is found after page 383]
    8. Netted Toilet Table Drapery (page 114) [this page is found after page 383]

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This week I finished a third net star.  I called it Lacy Star.

Also this week I was given a link to some very creative netting: birds, fish, a moth, acorns, a lobster, and other things found in nature.  You can see them at  They are amazing.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Netting In Magazines - The Ladies’ Companion

I was able to find three issues of The Ladies' Companion online that contained netting.  The years were Vol. 20 (published in 1861), Vol. 23 (published in 1863), and Vol. 27 (published in 1865).  The netting patterns were as follows:

  1. 1861
    1. Netting for Window-Curtains and Fire-Grate Veil (page 317)
  2. 1863
    1. Netted Cheese or Cake D'Oyley (page 336)
    2. Long Black Silk Mitten - Netting (page 336)
  3. 1865
    1. Netted Border (page 55)
    2. Raised Embroidery on Netting (page 107)
    3. A Fly-Catch (page 166)
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Last week I showed the Plain Star I made.  This week I finished another star.

The center for this Fancy Star began as a circle.  It measures five inches from the center to the end of a point.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Netting in Magazines - Modern Priscilla

"Netting Outlives the Centuries," an article found in the December, 1920, issue of Modern Priscilla, includes some netting patterns common to colonial America.

  1. Boston Tester (page 14)
  2. Dancing Girls Coverlet Border (page 14)
  3. Wrap Yarn Border (page 14)
  4. Moonshine and Matrimony (page 14)
  5. Pincushion Cover (page 28)
According to The Free Dictionary and, a tester is "a canopy, as over a bed or pulpit."  The borders in this article are created with tassels of thread tied to the netting.  

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I wanted to make a net star about 6" in diameter.  Today, with some helpful suggestions from the women in the knitting group I attend and some mathematical guidance from my son, I came up with this. It measures three inches from the center to the end of a point.  Since it looks so plain, I decided to name it Plain Star.

I already have ideas for others.  Next time, maybe I'll make something not so plain.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Netting in Magazines - The Illustrated Magazine

The Ladies' Page sections of The Illustrated Magazine, published in 1864, included the following netting patterns and stitches:

  1. A Netted Tidy (page 55)
  2. Double Netting in Two Colors (page 56)
  3. Grecian Netting (page 56)
  4. Simple Sleeping Net (page 57)
  5. Invisible Net (page 57)
I knew that Grecian Netting was a popular netting stitch.  After looking at the instructions for Simple Sleeping Net and Invisible Net, I could tell that they were hairnets.  I did not realize that tidy was a noun.  I discovered that a tidy is "a piece of fancywork used to protect the back, arms, or headrest of a chair or sofa from wear or soil" (  It is a synonym for an antimacassar (

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It took me a few years to get there, but today I spent the day demonstrating netting at the fourth annual Fiber Festival of New England.  It was wonderful talking and visiting with those who came by.  Most people did not know what I was doing, but there was a handful of people who either knew how to net or knew someone who nets.  I loved hearing them ask me, "What are you netting?" instead of "Are you tatting?"

What was I netting?  One of my doilies - Exuberance.  I finished the last couple of rows.  It took over 100 yards of size 30 crochet thread to make it.

Once I finished it, I immediately started another one, Swan.  After all, I was there to demonstrate netting.  I was able to complete about 5-6 inches of the new pattern.