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  1. Hello Everyone! I learned to net from Mrs. Marjorie Noble in 1987. She was in her 80’s and glad to have someone who was younger than she who wanted to carry on the knowledge. I learned circular netting from her. When going from row to row, she showed us to just remove the gauge and make a knot for the next row. That creates one very large loop at the beginning of the row. I found instructions in a book that shows how to do a drop knot. I’m failing to get the knot to end where I want it to. What recommendations do you have for doing a drop knot? Do you have a diagram or explanation of the best way to do this? I appreciate your help.

    • Hi Linda,

      The process I use is described in my class, Circular Netting. In that class I have videos and PDF files that show how I move from round to round in circular netting. I adapted the process from one used in Net Making by Charles Holdgate. He describes making a grommet and using a knot at the end of each row to join the grommet end and the thread from the shuttle.

  2. I am absolutely thrilled to have discovered you folks! I have two Victorian era patterns that I have been wanting to make for quite some time that require netting. Now I think I might be able to realize that dream! I am looking forward to learning all you can teach me about this fascinating skill in hopes that I can manage it. I have had previous non-productive experiences trying to learn to knit and crochet but I do know how to macramé, so perhaps thee is hope for me yet;) Thanks again for being such a fabulous resource.

    • Joy, I’m delighted you found us. Victorian era patterns have an added challenge. They often make assumptions and fail to give us all the little details in their instructions. I’d love to know which patterns you have been wanting to try. I know you can learn, though it may take more time than you want the learning to take. Please feel free to ask for help.

    • Yes. You use the same process. The string would need to be stronger, you would need to decide what size mesh you want and then make a rectangle of square mesh netting as wide and long as you want your volleyball net to be.

      Have fun netting. Let me know how it works.

  3. I never heard of netting. I knit and crochet and I am sitting here bored so I started doing random searches on those subjects and I came across this site. How do I get started? Where do I purchase items I need? Do I use fabric or yarn? Are there any books to read?

    • You are at the right site to get started. If you scroll down at bit at you will see three classes you can take for free. They describe three knots you should know before you start netting, the tools used in netting and where to purchase them, and how to fill a netting needle and shuttles.

      Below those three classes are more on-line classes that teach you how to net.

      I have net with string, cord, yarn, ribbon, and crochet thread.

      There are netting books out there. If you check out my other netting website ( I have a list of several netting books listed there. I have had several people tell me that they were not able to learn from books. They needed to see the process that was being described. That’s why I did videos for my classes. I’m currently trying to finish a book for beginning netters that is based on my classes.

  4. Kedves Rita
    Nagyon szépen köszönöm ez a sok segitséget amit kapok tőlled. Igazán csodálatos munkát végeztél a Blogoddal amit tudni lehet erről a csodálatos kézimunkáról az itt mind megtalálható. Most három munkám van a kiállitáson mint a képen mutattam és abból egy az amit tőlled tanultam. Köszönöm és jó egészséget kivánok , hogy tudd folytatni ezt a nagyon szép munkát.

  5. I am happy to find your internet site. Thank you.
    My grandmother taught me the technique many decades ago and I have some of her gorgeous work. She called it “knotting”. I “play” with it and enjoy doing the circular doilies.
    Recently, having lost my netting needle, I had to order a new one. The people at Lacis were very sweet and helpful but the needles are not the quality they used to be. I see the kits all look the same when I check out the different suppliers so I am assuming they all are manufactured at the same place. Do you know of anyone who makes a better quality netting needle? It would be worth the extra money for sure.
    I am planning on spending more time on your site digesting everything you have. I love seeing some of the different stitches you use in the doilies. I don’t have any patterns which has never bothered me since I don’t think it is a bad thing that no two of mine are alike. I just want to see more variety, and your site is the best I’ve found so far.
    I have you “bookmarked” so I’ll be watching.
    Thanks so much.


    • Myrna,

      I agree that the netting needles are not like they used to be. I recently read about a lovely netting needle and posted about it on my blog. Just now, when I looked on her blog I could not find the link to where they can be purchased. Let me know if you find one, and I will certainly post if I do. Maybe sometime you can share some photos of the doilies you have made. I like variety and also have a hard time making the same one over and over, but I have also noticed that other people put stitches together in ways I had not considered, so I like to see what others have done.


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