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Diana Worthington & Fish Net Fashion

Diana Worthington & Fish Net Fashion


My dad really was the instigator because he as a boy came to Truro. The family got here about 1903 When dad was about 11 or 12 he started walking down the tracks to Corn Hill where the trap boats went out at that time and He went everyday and he was very familiar with the whole Working of trap fishing, he took the men’s days off and worked for them They bought a house on Depot Road That’s where my dad had been every summer. He didn’t think she’d last through a winter, but she adored it She came down in the spring when the men were dipping the nets into the big vats of tar to protect the nets for the season and then She asked them if she could have a piece to take home because she was decorating and she thought they’d be great as curtains and she did that she liked it and then she came and got the guys and brought them to the house because she felt that she needed their permission to use their net for another cause and she asked them if they would give their permission And she said those men of few words acknowledged that it was ok. It was just right there in front of her my dad was working with the men She started wrapping it around herself, she started designing hats and she had gotten a couple of people in the village, one in particular Gladys Francis, who could interpret her wrap around verbal directions into an actual item of net and sew it and cut it write the directions down and teach all of the women in the village who wanted to make the work. It was a cottage industry They would come and get the work, take it home and bring it back. Okay, Gladys Francis Here’s a page of her interpretation of how to make each example and it’s all How many meshes Exactly how to do it : gathered tightly ,fold net, make seam long long side, stretch to full capacity, fasten on. My mother didn’t have that in her, but Gladys Francis. Look she made little drawings of each thing; how to do it so every woman could figure out how to do their work with these directions. She took a little bag and went to New York, she went to Bonwit Teller, she went to Lord and Taylor she went boom, boom, boom And they all died over this stuff and it was a huge hit It was copied very early on during the by the Japanese but she carried it on You know Not in a big way , but she had orders from the queen and all of that Went on and and it was very popular on Fifth Avenue And in the book it’s got great pictures Movie stars and She adored the natural net, the natural cotton net. Colton, the artist in Provincetown and his wife, Evelyn Waugh who had a rug hooking business and shop They kept after Mummy to have the fish net in colors. And she hesitated for quite a while, but then they taught her how to dye net and this is what she was doing here down on the beach Learning how to dye And she’d throw the the net in the water. The salt would be more of a seal. And these gorgeous colors, she had this terrific color sense and it was a colors that she saw up in in the land. Bayberry pine green, cranberry all the colors that were the Cape and That is a big thing about the fishnet industry, they were gorgeous colors Cotton net became very hard to get and that’s what slowed it down to a stop. She never stopped thinking up stuff Fish true lures, she made it into jewelry And then you see Eisenhower jacket That was very very good looking The bracelet basket bag was a big big popular thing . You take, pull, the bracelet up here, get into your bag, pull the bracelet back over And that’s what was set up with New York – how to decorate with fishnet, and that’s pretty beautiful when it’s hanging. It’s curtains The other day I saw fishnet in a fashion magazine So it’s coming around again. Pretty funny but

2 comments on “Diana Worthington & Fish Net Fashion

  1. So nice to hear the stories by Diana again of how John & Tiny saved the day during the depression. Kim & I have the fondest memories of taking care of John & visiting Tiny on the Cape. Best summer of our lives!

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