Friday, May 23, 2008

Netting 101



We had the best time last night! Melanie met me after work and we spent the time before class shopping at our 3 favorite stores, PetSmart, TJ Maxx, and Michaels! We got great stuff for the animals, new gym shorts for $12 and craft supplies before heading to the YARN Store. Our Favorite!

We spent the evening learning how to net, which is basically making a fisherman's net or knots into a bag. It was sooooo fun and relaxing. I compare it to crochet with a shuttle instead of a hook. It reminding me of the weaving class we took last fall.

The history of this art is amazing. We could have had just a class on that all night. We really had fun, and we get to go to another class next Thursday night. Before then, I plan to have this bag complete and a new one started from scratch.




Here is what the bags look like finished. These are small, but we can make them any size. I see some great shopping bags in my future.




Here is the bag with the first few rounds complete. You net with tension on the piece so our teacher, Margaret, had them suspended from upside down table legs. Pretty clever!




Here is my bag so far with the shuttle hanging from my kitchen cabinet for tension. :)



It is really a fast project and nets up quickly.







I bought lots more cotton yarn for more bags! I will keep you posted on my progress!


Have a safe and happy Holiday Weekend!

9 comments:

Nancy Medina said...

These are beautiful Melissa - I love the colors. They remind me of the little Jacob's Ladder yarn games we would play when we were little (I am dating myself here...)
kiss the Emmitt nose for me, many times...
Nancy and the puggies

Pug and Bugg said...

You are so arts-talented!!! PS love the little pug figurine on your counter. Have a great memorial day!

Nevis said...

So...would you say....that you made....ball sacks? *giggle*

Frances Louise said...

Those bags look pretty nifty! Could you make the netting closer together to fit smaller items?

The Devil Dog said...

Ah, light bulb goes off over mom's head. That is what you mean by netting. Cool! That could be vrey useful.

Roxy

Manon Doyle said...

That's pretty cool Melissa. I have a couple of net bags to buy produce. I wish I would of made them myself!

Weeny&Daisy said...

aww these are nice, they would make usefull bags and look like they arent too hard to make :) xx

Diana Evans said...

it is too bad I don't live closer...I would be taking all these cool classes with you both....what fun!

Rachel said...

My grandfather used to use the same method to net his own fish and turtle nets. (he owned a hunting and fishing club in the OBX where I'm from). It's so cool to see this tradition continue in new and different ways.