Beginners Needle Lace


Beginners Needle Lace

For beginners who want to learn true needlelace. Post questions and answers here.  How to make needle lace.

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Latest Activity: Sep 15

Needle Lace Patterns Books and Supplies

I have broken down our lengthy list of books, supplies and resources into several sections.  Click on the links below. 

Recommended books and videos 

Supplies and materials needed

Patterns and tutorials on this site 

Online resources at other sites 

Working Setup: in the hand and with a pillow

Photos of Beginners' Work

Working setup, various ways -   

Discussion Forum

My little wings 17 Replies

Started by Michelle H. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Apr 26.

First try 12 Replies

Started by Verónica Castro. Last reply by Verónica Castro Feb 26.

needlelace 2 Replies

Started by Hannah. Last reply by Hannah Dec 13, 2018.

my first piece of needle lace 1 Reply

Started by Hannah. Last reply by Sandra Popek Dec 2, 2018.

Pillow preference 7 Replies

Started by Tina Heron. Last reply by Sandra Popek May 4, 2017.

Needlelace Tutorial - Leaf 10 - Part 2 8 Replies

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Maria Delaney Mar 1, 2017.

My first try - sampler 8 Replies

Started by Maria Delaney. Last reply by Maria Delaney Feb 27, 2017.

New and first try at needle lace - comments, please? 10 Replies

Started by Gina Shillitani. Last reply by Maria Delaney Feb 11, 2017.


Total beginner! 7 Replies

Started by 313ak82ug1b8r. Last reply by Teri Dow May 24, 2016.

bolster pillow 3 Replies

Started by e parkes. Last reply by e parkes Dec 14, 2015.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 9, 2019 at 8:44pm

It is easier to insert a needle under a few threads when the background rolls away from you. So the needle is less likely to catch the background.

Comment by Shirley Glover on August 9, 2019 at 9:16am

why are the pics showing a cylinder insert under the pattern when using a bolster pillow?  thanks

Comment by Robert on July 13, 2019 at 7:00am

Thank you Lorelei.  I find these videos inspiring to watch  :)

Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 10, 2019 at 7:14pm

Women making needle lace, using bolster pillow.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 8, 2018 at 11:15am

Please let me clarify myself is there any books that show you how you can connect your motifs and different ground stitches that are used?  Thank you!

Comment by Teri Dow on December 11, 2016 at 5:02pm
Hi Brona, I've just linked into your website and see you have been busy again. As I had hoped, you've done something for Christmas. The bauble is fabulous, crisp and modern and the instructions will be of great assistance to beginners out there.

Everyone else - To see the bauble go to "Sita krajka". This decoration is lovely and as it involves several different stitches, it is ideal for those wanting to expand their abilities. The site is available in English.
Comment by Yuuka Harris on September 30, 2016 at 12:43pm

Hello everyone :] 

I apologize for being so late, I've been up to a lot in other areas of my life and briefly put needlelace on hold. I'm back now and have selected a simpler drawing for practice that I'm happy to show. I've already pricked holes where the cordonnet will go and attached the pattern to the temporary backing. I'm still planning how to lay the cordonnet, though. 

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on September 21, 2016 at 10:18pm

The 2 books sold by the Guild of Needlelaces are very good - One is showing the very beginning - laying the outline, and then working the filling stitches, and each pattern teaches you a little bit more.  The other book (Intermediate with the deeper green cover) follows on, with more stitches and techniques.  You do not have to belong to the Guild to buy them, and they are well worth getting, in my opinion.  As some of us have them, we can help you more easily, if you ask the question, and refer to the page in the book, and we, this end, can look it up and have a fair idea of where you are at!! 

Everyone has a slightly different way of doing things - depending on where and who they learned from! None are wrong - just different!!

We love to see new lacemakers progressing, and are always happy to help, but  sometimes it is hard without seeing exactly what you are doing.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 21, 2016 at 3:41pm

Yuuka - Here is an antique piece. Notice how all the motifs touch either the outer border of the lace or the straight inside edge. This is partly so that the net filling stitches which lie between have something to anchor to.

This is a 20th c Chinese piece, See how they solved the problem of free floating motifs.

Another point de gaze. See how the motifs are positioned to break up the ground area, so the net stitches have an anchor. And the motifs either touch each other, or touch the footside (the straight edge that would be attached to fabric).

And here is a famous example of modern needle lace by a world expert. She has a large free floating motif in the center. The ground stitches attach it to the rest of the piece.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 21, 2016 at 3:14pm

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