What’s it about?
Fish and small game made up an important part of our hunter gatherer ancestors diet, meaning that hand knitted net making was a crucial skill to master.
A net is an openwork fabric in which threads are fused, looped or knotted at their intersections at regular intervals and have long been used for fishing and trapping animals, as hammocks, or simply as a means of carrying things around.
So we’ve put together this net making course to show you how to make your own net from entirely natural materials so that you can go away and make your own net for a variety of situations.
What will I do on this net making course?
You’ll start the day by looking at natural cordage as you’ll need cordage to make your net!
- We’ll discuss various plants and trees that can be used to make cordage, such as nettles, brambles, lime bast and the inner bark of sweet chestnut.
- With the materials prepared, we’ll show you how to make a simple 2 ply cord and then,
- How to plait, braid or ply them.
From there you’ll move on to net making itself and will cover:
- The various netting tools available and different materials they can be made from,
- How to begin a net,
- How to change the size and shape of your net,
- How to finish off your net,
- How to join nets togetehr to make a bigger one.
By the end of this net making course you will have the skills and knowledge to make your own nets from scratch, either for fishing or trapping small game, or even to make your very own net bag!
You can view our full course schedule here.
Location: Westwell, Kent
Duration: 1 day
Course size: Maximum of 8
Catering: We’ll provide tea & coffee, you’ll need to bring a packed lunch
Note: There’s a short walk from the meeting point to the camp.
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