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Icelandic Net Bags

BLUE: Tatter Textile Library
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Learn to make a net bag suitable for wine or water bottles, or perhaps to tote groceries and clothing in this extended and lively Sunday workshop. You’ll learn to tie several versatile knots as well as the netting-knot. We'll cover a short history of net-making practices and nets throughout history and fine art, and construct a reusable net bag from start to finish. Instructor Sarah Pedlow learned the netting knot from an Icelandic net-maker and fisherman while in Iceland on an artist's residency in 2016.

The making of nets, has a long and storied history throughout all cultures which depended upon fishing for survival. Variations of knots and loops also serve as a foundational fabric for lace and other cloth. Learning to net connects us deeply to a simple innovation which had enormous and profound impact on human history.