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February 21
08:08 2018

WEB2-21-02-18Make a rabbit purse net

By Liam Wykes.

MAKING a purse net is like Marmite, you love it or hate it. Me? I love it. There is nothing better than catching a rabbit in a net you have made. I’ve been making nets for 18 years and I use spun poly as opposed to hemp because spun poly is just as strong, rot proof and comes in an assortment of colours, where hemp will rot if not dried out after use. I hope this step-by-step guide will give you some idea on how to make a purse net.

The equipment you will need to make a net is:

• Spun poly/hemp twine

• 2mm braided nylon draw cord

• Eight-inch net needle

• Mesh board (to measure the size of the mesh)

• Two one-inch rings

• Peg (this can be hard/softwood, metal or plastic)

Step 1

Secure the ring to a good anchor point and knot the twine to the ring.

Step 2

Hold the mesh stick in your left hand and the needle in your right hand. Bring the needle over the top of the mesh board and then under it. Bring it up between the board and the two strands of twine. Pull the mesh board close to the ring at this point. Place your thumb and forefinger of your left hand over the knot.

Step 3

The mesh now needs to be locked. Make a loop and leave it loose. Pass the needle through the ring again but this time from the back. Pass the needle through the loop and pull firmly to lock the knot. Repeat this until you have the required number of meshes. The standard purse net has 14-15 meshes but I do 17. This will give a bit more ‘bagging’ in the net.

 

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