Netting is an ancient form of human ingenuity. String nets are useful whenever a collapsible container is needed. A shuttle is a weaving device used in net making. Threads are wrapped around this tool to organise them and help the weaving progress with ease. A shuttle is especially beneficial for holding thin string for weaving a net. Nets can take many forms, but all have an open mesh construction that begins with the same weaving and knotting method.
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Things you need
- 2 nails, 8-penny
- Twine, no. 9
- Shuttle, 8 by 3/4 inches
Hammer two nails 3 feet apart, at chest height. A door frame or other wooden structure works well for attaching nails.
Tie one strand of string onto these nails, allowing it to drape slightly. This is called the starting string.
Load the shuttle. Wrap the end of the string around the shuttle centre to begin this simple process. Evenly wind string around the shuttle. Cut your thread when it is full --- that is, when no strands extend over the long sides of the shuttle. You will need to periodically refill the shuttle as you weave and use up thread.
Tie the end of the shuttle twine onto one end of the starter string.
Bring the shuttle up from behind the starting string. Bring it over the top of the starting string and down in front of this strand to form a loop. Grasp this loop with your forefinger and thumb and position it 1 inch from the starting string.
Pass the shuttle up through this loop and back down to form a knot. This is called a bight or slipknot. This first row of knotted loops composes the foundation knots. Make certain they are firm and do not slip.
"Throw" the shuttle to the left and bring it back to the right to form a loop. Hold this thrown loop with your fingers as you manoeuvre the shuttle.
Place the shuttle behind the foundation loop and bring it up through the thrown loop. Tighten it to make similar-sized intervals with each pass of the shuttle. Continue to make similar loops across the foundation knots. Stretch the expanding mesh to determine the size of the holes and the shape of the net.
Feed the shuttle back in the opposite direction when you reach the end of this row. Continue until the net is the size you desire.
Knot the string each time the shuttle is emptied. Use an overhand knot; this is the knot used for tying shoe laces.
Tips and warnings
- Nets can also be formed around an initial circle of loops. This will form a netted bag.
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