The making of nets, an open textile in which threads are fused, looped or knotted at their intersections, historically for fishing and trapping animals.
|Historic area of significance||UK, especially rural areas|
|Area currently practised||UK|
|Origin in the UK|
|Minimum no. of craftspeople required||50? because of its distributed and localised nature. (The internet and YouTube have been a huge help in documenting and transferring the skills)|
|Current no. of trainees||100s|
|Current no. of skilled craftspeople||100s|
|Current total no. of craftspeople||100s|
Historically nets were used for fishing and animal trapping. Today, hand-knitted nets are are no longer used for fishing (instead, industrially produced sheet netting is used). Hand-knitted nets are still used for pest control and for sport, such as ferreting for rabbits. Today, there are very few commercial net makers – but there are hundreds of makers knitting nets as a hobby and for their own use.
Purse net making in particular is strong and popular, carried out on a small scale by many people for their own use and local sales. No large scale commercial hand making. Long net making is less common.
purse nets (for rabbits)
Issues affecting the viability of the craft
Availability of materials
Viability of the sport these nets support i.e. ferreting
A significant decline in rabbit populations or a change in the law could kill it
No formal organisations – but plenty of Facebook sites and YouTube channels
Craftspeople currently known