Before the invention of the bobbinet machine, netting was made by hand with bobbins. The bobbinet machine was invented by the Englishman John Heathcoat in 1806. He first called the fabric he produced “bobbin net.”
Bobbinet is a hexagonal-mesh netting fabric, originally of silk, then also of cotton, rayon and (especially) nylon.
Uses: Veils, trims, lace grounds, dresses, bridal wear