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    Tulle: mosquito question

    So does Tulle REALLY work on skeeters?

    I baby my gear and think I could make this stuff last reasonably well.

    Thanks for the input!
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    I personally do not like tulle for an alternative bugnet. I have used it and it performed successfully. But tulle is a "structural" fabric. In other words it is used to make veils and hats and poofy parts on gowns and such. It is stiff and holds its shape when formed. Even after it is washed it can still be stiff. Chiffon, on the other hand, is limp and saggy and does not keep any shape at all. So while it successfully keeps the bugs out it is constantly sagging in my face. The mid-ground there is organza which has been used successfully as well. I don't have personal experience with it so I can't comment on its quirks.

    NOTE: All three choices come in different grid densities and opening sizes. You need to shop carefully to make sure you are getting what you want. Just like actual bugnet comes in different sizes you need to match the hole size with the application. Grids designed to keep out dung beetles will not protect against noseeums.
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    I recently did a price check on stuff for my top quilt. I came up with a few numbers.
    Joann's- with out coupon
    organza - $7.99 yrd
    chiffon - $7.99 yrd

    OWF-noseeum
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    Other than being stiff?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    I personally do not like tulle for an alternative bugnet. I have used it and it performed successfully. But tulle is a "structural" fabric. In other words it is used to make veils and hats and poofy parts on gowns and such. It is stiff and holds its shape when formed. Even after it is washed it can still be stiff. Chiffon, on the other hand, is limp and saggy and does not keep any shape at all. So while it successfully keeps the bugs out it is constantly sagging in my face. The mid-ground there is organza which has been used successfully as well. I don't have personal experience with it so I can't comment on its quirks.

    NOTE: All three choices come in different grid densities and opening sizes. You need to shop carefully to make sure you are getting what you want. Just like actual bugnet comes in different sizes you need to match the hole size with the application. Grids designed to keep out dung beetles will not protect against noseeums.
    So Rev, other than the stiffness of tulle, what were your issues with it? Was it because packing it down causes issues when unpacked in that it doesn't lose it's packed down shape? I was just about to order about 50yds of tulle to make several bugnets, but if you have some issues with it I would love to get specifics. I think PapaSmurf sells bugnets made from tulle and his pictures seem okay. Just looking for some good info before I drop another $50 on hammocking.

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    your going to get mix reviews on tulle...
    i know lots of ppl using it with no problems at all..i plan on using it myself
    this summer so i'll let you know how good it works

    but i know Srg rock uses it and a few others and papsmurf sells bug socks made out of it... so maybe some of the ppl that have them will chime in
    i plan on soaking mine in bug juice just in case
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    Quote Originally Posted by lmoseley7 View Post
    So Rev, other than the stiffness of tulle, what were your issues with it?

    As I said in the first sentence... I personally don't like it. I have found it hard to work with. It's a personal thing. Just my own opinion. Other people have used it successfully and think it is great. I'm not one of them.
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    I've successfully used Organza that I picked up at WW. Works great, but never found black... Once it tears, though, it's like any other flimsy fabric, it just keeps running.

    That said, my local Joann's has white mosquito netting that's 100-something inches wide. (I think 120) for $4/yd. It's not as light as tulle, but it's strong and works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by G.L.P. View Post
    your going to get mix reviews on tulle...
    i know lots of ppl using it with no problems at all..i plan on using it myself
    this summer so i'll let you know how good it works

    but i know Srg rock uses it and a few others and papsmurf sells bug socks made out of it... so maybe some of the ppl that have them will chime in
    i plan on soaking mine in bug juice just in case
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