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May 22nd, 2019 at 6:23am
 
Has anyone made a nettle-fibre sling before?

If so, how was it handling wise? weight wise? Thoughts?

I am saying this because I am interested in acquiring some nettle yarn, and I'd like to have some opinions on it before making a purchase.
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Reply #1 - May 22nd, 2019 at 6:25am
 
I've seen people make cord from nettle fibres - presumably once it's been used it'll be no different to any other natural cordage.
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Reply #2 - May 22nd, 2019 at 9:19am
 
Ich hBe schon Schnüre aus Brennnessel hergestellt. Mir persönlich ist es für eine Schleuder zu weich. Aber es funktioniert sonst gut.
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Reply #3 - May 22nd, 2019 at 12:09pm
 
I want to try it some day, there are lots of nettles around. last time I tried retting to make fibers, the smell was terrible.

in traditional bowyers bible vol2 in bowstring materials the nettles are in the top5,  between high quality linen and normal quality linen.

try it  Wink
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Reply #4 - May 23rd, 2019 at 3:26am
 
My usual sling is made with nettle-fiber. I like.
To do rope, many sites explain and it's easy.
With a string, I lift a 11 liters watering can. Nettle-fiber is solid.
With ten nettles, I can do one sling of 60 cm per strap. The pouch is in leather. And I can to throw slingstones of 150 g.
I maintain the sling with oil of flax.
I'll do some photos.

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Reply #5 - May 23rd, 2019 at 4:15am
 
I have heard that fibres from Himalayan and European nettles can be stronger than linen, so I'd imagine that you could make some thin sling cords that can withstand a lot of punishment.

Sisal is probably tougher... but it is so rough that I dislike using it in a sling.

Edit: Unfortunately, I don't think I will be able to find nettles where I live. In my portion of Western Australia... Finding a nettle growing somewhere would mean that you don't have sand for soil!
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Reply #6 - May 23rd, 2019 at 8:16am
 
after searching the web I found that retting nettles is not necessary to make good cordage! nice

TheJackinati wrote on May 23rd, 2019 at 4:15am:
Sisal is probably tougher... but it is so rough that I dislike using it in a sling.


hemp, linen, nettles, ramie have the most strength per string mass.
sisal, jute, yucca and others have more mass for the same breaking strength.On the other hand these materials might have more abrasion resistance (important for slings).

until now linen has served me well , I'll try nettles out of curiosity.
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Reply #7 - May 23rd, 2019 at 12:23pm
 
Yes Sarosh. retting nettles is not necessary.
In spring, the fibres are wet and it's easy to take them. But summer withers the nettles and it's more difficult. So, retting  is possible just a small time.
I have a problem with my camera to take a photo. The sling is not spectacular but it's mine and I like it.
For safety, I twist the fibres one time to have a string ; and I twist this string another time to do a rope. The rope is stronger. And if there is a small flaw on the string, this second twist offset the problem.
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Reply #8 - May 24th, 2019 at 6:19am
 
I want to say more.
The properties of nettles are important for technology.
But the pleasure to sling with a homemade nettles sling is the same when you eat vegetables of your garden. There is no price.
A full pleasure.
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Reply #9 - May 24th, 2019 at 8:26am
 
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I know the feeling. Have made several yucca slings and have enough fiber stored away to make several more. Like food in a root cellar  Smiley
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Reply #10 - May 25th, 2019 at 10:56am
 
TOMBELAINE wrote on May 24th, 2019 at 6:19am:
I want to say more.
The properties of nettles are important for technology.
But the pleasure to sling with a homemade nettles sling is the same when you eat vegetables of your garden. There is no price.
A full pleasure.


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Reply #11 - May 26th, 2019 at 11:21am
 
i want to make sure these are nettles. They sting like hell but they have these big fluffy balls, maybe they are a different species?

i tried some they are too humid and weak right now , i think i'll wait until late summer

PS: why are the pictures rotated? Huh
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Reply #12 - May 26th, 2019 at 12:39pm
 
Don't think you have nettles. Nettle leaves are situated opposite on the stem.  The flowers are tiny and petalless in loose stringy clusters. Think you have something in the Loassa family.  Undecided
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Reply #13 - May 26th, 2019 at 12:46pm
 
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica)
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Reply #14 - May 26th, 2019 at 1:47pm
 
ok I think I found it.
It's probably Urtica pilulifera.
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