Since 2005, we have a different kind of netting/tapestry needle/shuttle.
They are far sturdier, and load differently:
Notice that the two halves of the tip touch, but are not actually
Anchor the cord by tieing it through the hole near the tail end
(pict. 1), or by holding it in place with your thumb as you start
winding on (pict. 2). If you use the second method, once several
wraps are on the cord will hold in place and you can remove your
thumb. The last couple of wraps may come loose when the shuttle
is almost empty.
Lay the cord against the two halves of the tip, and tug at it
gently until it snaps through (pict. 3). Keep wrapping head to
tail (pict. 4) until the shuttle is comfortably full.
The less you load on, the sooner you will need to reload, and
the more knots you will need to make and will have in your finished
piece. If you put on too much, the loaded shuttle will become
hard or impossible to pass through the mesh. As always, look for
a happy medium.