I just wanted to share my childhood memories about Stinging Nettle.
Fairy Tales were always a delight and source of life skills in my life. One in particular the Six Swans https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Six_Swans
was about the girl making shirts from nettle for her brothers turned into swans. I always thought it was the cruelest of punishments that wicked stepmother administered on poor girl. My friend and I were playing as that little girl and harvested some stinging nettle in the woods nearby. we placed them resting under the tree not quite knowing how to transform these plants into a shirt. After couple (or may be more) of days we checked on them and found out that nettle was covered with ants and you could see separate fibers as if we (or rather ants) did some work with them (retting?). Generally I was avoiding nettle plants and never thought anything good about them.
Recently I learned to accept and even like the nettle in my life. I have small patch (contained so far as I still not able to give it free life) of nettle that I use for Nettle Pesto, adding to Borsch and possibly learn how to make a shirt Finally
Thank you for great inspiration and useful links R.Ranson!