They Tied Their Worlds Together: Stinging Nettle Cord, Net Bags, & Round Weave

  • April 14, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Something as simple as string, taken for granted by modern people, was prized by native peoples and was so important for so many tasks it is said that native peoples "tied their worlds together."

This is a relaxing, fun, and fact-filled class. We'll also be inside and out of the weather.







What we'll cover:

  • The types of plants useful in rope-making.
  • Processing stinging nettle stalks for cord.
  • Two ways to roll fiber into cord.
  • Cord for traps, nets, bow-strings, and more.
  • Making stylish net bags.
  • A round weave useful for straps.

Many are familiar with Ishi, the last Yahi. Some called him the last wild indian and had been living in the mountains of California in his traditional way until until 1910. When asked what his favorite things from modern life were, he would say that it was string and glue that were his favorite amenities and he couldn't believe people ever threw those things away.

Here Ishi is prepping sinew to wrap arrow shafts.




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  • meg

    Whodu thunk it? We're surrounded by free fiber and now we've got more tricks for it!

    April 14, 2013

  • Christi

    I always learn so much from Alex's classes. I can not say enough about his patience and support when one is attempting a new skill. And he will often include an additional surprise depending upon the whims of the group. Good times!

    April 14, 2013

  • Alex

    Here's my number for tomorrow. [masked]

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey Alex
    Sorry to miss this... No worries if no refund kinda late notice but wanted to open spot if someone interested. I will definitely see you for some other nifty gathering of yours!

    April 12, 2013

  • Christine

    First time attending this meet up. Do I need to bring anything?

    April 7, 2013

    • Alex

      Not really for this one. It's inside at my home (or out back if it's nice.) Maybe a snack.

      April 7, 2013

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