I don’t recommend this to everyone, but I thought this was interesting. A friend of mine taught me that if you grab nettles purposely, you don’t get stung. I wouldn’t believe him until he did it first. And he did!
This is a video of me touching and weeding baby nettles, but you can also do it with full-grown nettles. At one point you can see me going to grab one and then jerking away. That’s because, as you’ll notice, there was a smaller one that I bumped and which stung me. But all the ones I intentionally grabbed didn’t hurt me. I think it’s because the stingers get bent with the applied pressure.