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Basic How-to VideoEdit

A video describing the basics of how to make bubbling nets using a netting needle (shuttle).

Making a Bubbling Net with a Netting Needle20:19

Making a Bubbling Net with a Netting Needle

Making a Bubbling Net with a Netting Needle


A Better WAY of Handling End ColumnsEdit

This video shows a better way to deal with the problem of the side columns on a bubbling net becoming too long during weaving.

Shortening the end clumns on a bubbling net01:51

Shortening the end clumns on a bubbling net.


Making a 'Pointless' NetEdit

How to make a snub-nosed or 'pointless' bubbling net. This avoids the issue of the net's bottom tip feeding through the mesh above.

Making a Pointless Bubbling Net09:58

Making a Pointless Bubbling Net


A favorable spacing for the knots on the bottom row will depend on the size of the net and the number of rows omitted at the tip. If the knots are too close, the net will form a pouch at the bottom when it's soaked and opened. The net will billow out. You may or may not like this effect.

The best thing to do is use a sufficiently long piece of material for the bottom-string, tie the attachment knots loosely, and see how much of a pouch it makes. If you spread apart the knots at the bottom, the pouch is greatly reduced. The net in this photo was woven using a 2.5" sizing card. But to reduce the pouching effect, I made its bottom knots 3.5" apart.


Use wider spacing at the bottom to reduce "pouching"


Another approach is to use a single strand for the bottom-string and made the distance between knots on the bottom-string double the size of the mesh above. This has the nice effect of producing bubbles all the way to the tip, and relieving tension on the sides, allowing them to produce more too.


Space the knots equal to twice the mesh.


Yields from MaterialsEdit

The size net you'll get from a given length of material is difficult to predict. It depends a lot on the material's thickness and the size of the mesh, and even on how tightly you tie the knots. I recommend deciding on a target weight rather than size. For me, using 8 foot (2.5m) poles, I find that 1 3/4 oz (50g) nets are near the limit of what's comfortable to use for extended periods of time. When fully loaded with bubble solution, they'll weigh up to 10 times as much as when dry.

These are the yields I had using the materials shown in the video.

Material Yields - Metric
Material Mesh size (cm) Material length (m) Material weight (g) Strands in top-string Length of sides (cm)

Helping Hands cotton twine

13.3 64.4 49.31 2 163
Rowan bamboo tape yarn 5.4 68.0 43.51 2 132
Rowan bamboo tape yarn 10.8 75.8 48.48 4 170
Rowan bamboo tape yarn 13.3 79.3 50.75 3 193
SWTC corn tape yarn 5.4 128.8 49.55 4 163
SWTC corn tape yarn 8.9 125.7 48.34 3 201
SWTC corn tape yarn 13.3 126.5 48.66 4 226
Material Yields - US
Material Mesh size (in) Material length (yd) Material weight (oz) Strands in top-string Length of sides (in)

Helping Hands cotton twine

5.25 70.4 1.74 2 64
Rowan bamboo tape yarn 2.125 74.3 1.53 2 53
Rowan bamboo tape yarn 4.25 82.8 1.71 4 67
Rowan bamboo tape yarn 5.25 86.7 1.79 3 76
SWTC corn tape yarn 2.125 140.9 1.75 4 64
SWTC corn tape yarn 3.5 137.4 1.71 3 79
SWTC corn tape yarn 5.25 138.4 48.66 4 89

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