A peek at antique New England netting (1950)

Historic New England netting

by Roxa Wright

New England nettingBorrowing the art of netting from their seagoing husbands, the women of New England found it had many decorative uses — they often made canopies for tester beds, such as the one shown above, and netted borders for the simple curtains of tobacco cloth so often seen in these old houses.

A corner detail of this type of curtain, with fringed netting trim, is shown at right at about one-quarter of actual size. For all its fragile quality, netting is tough and of course washable — and needs only drying on a sunny, windy day to restore its original beauty.

Miss Rachel Hawks of Old Deerfield, Massachusetts, owns the canopy above. She has made many such pieces for museums and historic houses.


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