Crossman nets at Penobscot Marine

Jul 26, 2014
Stephanie Crossman uses traditional hand knotted netting to make bags and sculptures.

Searsport — Stephanie Crossman will demonstrate fishnetting Thursday, Aug. 7, from 11 a.m. to 30 p.m. at the downtown Penobscot Marine Museum. The demo, part of the Artisan Days: Demonstrations of 19th Century Crafts series, is free with museum admission.

Knotted netting, or fishnetting, is one of the oldest human crafts and is still used in Third World countries to make fishing nets, hammocks and bags. Many Mainers remember when lobstermen made their own bait bags using knotted netting. Stephanie Crossman, whose family lives on Vinalhaven, learned fishnetting 25 years ago from her husband’s great-grandmother, Gram J, who was 92 at the time. Crossman was the only family member to take up the craft, and she inherited the net stand made for Gram J by her uncle, as well as Gram J’s, hand-carved needles and mesh boards.

Artisan Days runs Thursdays in July and August; and Saturdays in September and October, 11 a.m. to 3 pm. It is a collaboration with Boothbay Railway Village in Boothbay and is sponsored by the Knickerbocker Group of designers, builders, cabinetmakers and caretakers.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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