Family Matters

Everyone loves Uncle Gale’s antique pool table. Who wouldn’t? It’s at least 100 years old and converts into a sofa.

Brunswick "Home Comfort" model

Not that anyone ever really wants to sit on it when it’s in sofa form, for fear the heavy slate could come crashing down and squash everyone sitting there. This could be why I only recall seeing it with the top tipped back a couple of times, ever. (You can see part of the hinge on the right front corner, above.) I vaguely recall being dared to sit on the “sofa” one time, but didn’t sit there very long.

My cousin, Mark, inherited the table after his dad died. A few years ago he had it re-felted and it looks great, as long as you don’t look too closely at the pocket nets.

Last time I was at Mark’s house I learned five of the six pocket nets had very large holes — mostly near the edges where the worsted wool netting had worn through. Assuming they were crocheted, I volunteered to try to replicate some new pocket nets.

Turns out they weren’t crocheted.

Some very creative and incredibly helpful new-found friends at responded to my forum posts seeking advice on everything from what kind of yarn to use to the best way to approach this project. Rav members debbiepaa,  farmgirlwa, aussiesheila and a  few others proved especially helpful; debbiepaa even tested a few theories and helped me form a game plan based mostly on this photo of one of the old pocket nets:

Any guesses as to how I’m going to tackle this one?


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on February 12, 2012, in Family, Pool Table, Projects, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. La Reina mia, congrats on your blog! As to how to tackle the pockets…have you considered macrame? Square knots, and all that. Or am I showing my age?

    • Paula Hendrickson

      Macrame is a good guess, especially since hand-quilted pocket nets would be a bit tricky – for me, anyway. Of course you can piece fabric into anything you imagine! I’m hoping to get a few other interesting guesses. That way, if my first attempt doesn’t work out well, I’ll have some fall back options.

      I’m so glad you dropped in and commented, Robin! Stay tuned….all will be revealed as soon as I finish my first prototype pocket net.

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