Recommended Books and Videos


The Guild of Needle Laces has shut down and sold off their entire stock of these booklets. But you may be able to find a used copy. Try posting on facebook's BOBBIN LACE MARKET, or on the group LACEMAKERS.
The Guild of Needle Laces, BASIC TECHNICAL INSTRUCTION BOOK, 8 1/4" x 5 3/4", 48 pp, self published, paper back and stapled. It has 7 patterns and 21 stitch diagrams, beginning with the simple leaf. The booklet continues with a nice progression for learning new stitches, with a veined leaf, shell, flower, bird and scallop shell. The final lesson is making circles, or couronnes.
Guild of Needle Laces has published a second book, INTERMEDIATE INSTRUCTION, same size, with 11 new stitches and 8 patterns. It also contains stitch diagrams from the Basic Technical Book

Valerie Grimwood STARTING NEEDLEPOINT LACE - A COURSE FOR BEGINNERS . ISBN 0-7134-5806-2 Batsford. This is really just a beginners book, nicely done but you will need a better one pretty soon.


Laura Masera LA DENTELLE DE VENISE, BASE ET TECHNIQUE, Paris, La Temps Apprivoise  (recent, don't know date)    Basic needlelace, explains the sandwich, outline threads, stitches, about a dozen patterns, some quite simple and pretty.

Catherine Barley, NEEDLELACE: DESIGN AND TECHNIQUES, CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY, 1993, reprinted 2001. A very good book. This is the one most often recommended as an intermediate level book, to follow the Guild of Needle Laces or Grimwood. Has chapters on gros point and point de gaze with detailed instructions.  The gros point chapter has detailed instructions on how to make the various openwork spots and lines in corded Brussels.


Pat Earnshaw NEEDLELACE: She gives a clear history of the development of the various styles of needlelace -- point de France, point de Sedan, Argentan, Alencon, etc.-- and gives diagrams of the stitches used in each form along with enlarged photos of the stitches worked in thick thread so you can really see how it is made. There are also diagrams and instructions for working many different kinds of rings and wheels. There are some modern patterns in the style of the various antique laces. While her stitch diagrams and photos are clear, the most valuable part (from my perspective) is the history of how the styles developed and how they are related to each other. I now have a better idea of how needlelace history parallels bobbin lace history. Changes in style, brought on by changes in fashion, direct the development in both.

Brigitte Delesques-Depalle LA DENTELLE A L'AIGUILLE   

GOOD BOOKS AND SOURCES FOR STITCHES (suggested by Liz Ligetti): The Encyclopaedia of needlework (DMC by T. de Dillmont) is the main reference book used by the Australian Lace Guild for the needlelace Proficiency Assessments.

Hill & Gibson book of stitches is good, too. Revision in process, obtainable from Pat Gibson when it is ready.  Liz says that the republished "Needlelace Stitches" book by Pat Gibson, and Ros Hills, is now available directly from Pat (who is a member of NLT).  She says - "£17.00 plus some postage in UK. not sure of postage prices elsewhere probably about £3.00 extra."  "This book is a Must have, for anyone making needlelace as it is filled with stitches, ideas, etc."

Ros Hills & Pat Gibson.  Needlelace Stitches classic and contemporaryB. T. Batsford Ltd, 1989, ISBN: 0 8521 97586  Myriel gives us this information on this book:  "Needlace Stitches"  by Hills & Gibson
This is my Nr. 1 resource for fillings and decorations.
It has the most stitches and variations I have ever seen in a book and even some I haven't seen in any other book before. Has simple drawn diagrams as well as photographs for each filling.


DVD on Needlelace by Carol Williamson, Holly VanSciver has it, it's awesome. She lays the Cordonette by a method called Fil de Trace, pretty cool. One of our members highly recommends this DVD if you can get it.  See this for the practice piece on the DVD.


      Myriam Benamor La Dentelle de Venise Contemporaine Venice Needle Lace Today, Published by Editions Didier Carpentier  2013, 95-page Hardback, in French and English.    ISBN 978-2-84167-855-6     


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