Netting

From Bradford Ashworth’s “Notes on Scene Painting” (1952, page 3)

“Netting comes in two varieties for use as scenery:

(a). the ordinary meshed bar of mosquito netting which is obtainable in many colors.

(b). the natural-color drop and border foliage netting which has a mesh of about one-inch square.”

I have primarily encountered one-inch square netting in Masonic scenery. Prior to the 1920s, each individual knotted intersection was carefully dabbed with glue.  After the 1920s, entire edges are smeared with a  4″ to 6″ wide swath of glue. Attached are pictures form various scenery collections in the Southern Jurisdiction of the Scottish Rite.  In many cases, you can see the original guidelines, tack marks, and handprints.

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passrt-egyptian-cut-netting-detail-2

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wsrt-2014-netting-ruined-abbey-cut-drop-detail-1

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wsrt-2014-day-12-netting-ruined-abbey-7

 

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