Netting Needle

Examples of a netting needle. Examples of a netting needle.

A netting needle is a long needle made of metal with a pincer at each end. The thread for the netting is wound on lengthwise, between the two pincers. The wounding is done in order to avoid the tangling of the thread before it is wrapped around the netting gauge (also known as netting mesh).

At the beginning of the twenty-first century it was not uncommon for the term netting needle to be used for a long flat piece with a pincher at one end and an inverted needle at the other. This tool is in fact a needle shuttle. It is sometimes said that the bone and wood versions of a shuttle are used for thick yarns, while the fine metal needles are for fine threads.


  • CAULFEILD, Sophia F. A. and Blanche C. SAWARD (1882). The Dictionary of Needlework, London: Upcott Gill, p. 356, fig. 619.
  • DILLMONT, Thérèse de (nd). Encyclopedia of Needlework, p. 486, figs. 635-637.

Digital source of illustration (retrieved 8th July 2016).


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