Contemporary and Modern Needle Lace


Contemporary and Modern Needle Lace

For those who want to design and make modern needlelace that does not re-create antique styles.

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Latest Activity: May 13



Needle Lace, Techniques & Inspiration by Jill Nordfors Clark, Hand Books Press  ISBN 0-9658248-5-3

Dentelles de l'Europe Centrale, Edition Albert Levy, Libarairie Central des Beaux-Arts, 1926


The first book has the most detailed instruction with wonderful photos and great inspiration for those interested in modern lace design.

The second book has the most wonderful and modern designs from the Werner Werkstatte school in Germany

The second book is available for download on:

Photos of modern needle lace:    

Discussion Forum

Working with linen thread 10 Replies

I'm a devotee of the remarkable needle lace work of the Czech artist Luba Krejci (example attached). The few descriptions of her work I've been able to find indicate that she worked with linen cord.…Continue

Tags: wall hanging, Luba Krejci, linen

Started by Tikkun Knitter. Last reply by Merle Herman Sykora Jul 6, 2013.

Designs for Modern Needle Lace 3 Replies

Hello,I am new to the group and would like to contribute the following two book recommendations:Needle Lace, Techniques & Inspiration by Jill Nordfors Clark, Hand Books Press  ISBN…Continue

Started by Christopher Barrios de Leon. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Dec 20, 2012.

N-lace made of wire 12 Replies

Hello! I've been reading off and on but finally joined yesterday after asking Arachne if anyone had ever done needle lace in wire.I have an idea that has been floating around for a little while. I…Continue

Started by Lauren Snyder. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Nov 22, 2012.

Fil de soie d'arignée 4 Replies

Bonjour à tous, Voilà un fil assez particulier dont je voudrais vous parler: il s'agit d'un fil de soie secrétée par une araignée de Madagascar.De fabrication purement artisanale, il coûte cher (18…Continue

Started by Angelina. Last reply by Judith Connors Dec 15, 2011.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 22, 2010 at 3:35pm
Any route is legitimate.
Comment by Janice Blair on August 22, 2010 at 3:22pm
I was thinking about going another route and doing the cartoon type sun, but not sure how to approach the face yet. Still busy with lots of other lace.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 22, 2010 at 2:05pm
Fascinating, Devon. Has anybody else got started? I'm still at the thinking stage.
Comment by Devon Thein on August 22, 2010 at 11:43am
I have been doing some experimentation with recreating an old piece of punto in aria. I have been doing pretty well with hanging an entire motif on just one supporting couched line. I used the coins and spool in the lower right hand of the previous picture as templates for these sun spots. Now I put only two stitches in the center of the circle and worked around and around in a circle, sort of as one does in crochet, but making a corded brussels stitch. This resulted in two pretty flat circles, and one that was not so flat because I tried to couch over a metallic that was not a cord, but rather a flat strip that decided to stand on its side, rather than lay nice and flat. Oh, well, some dimension is not a bad thing. However, I decided at this point that it might be better to try outlining the outside of the sunspot with a couched thread and working inward, instead of my unique way of working. One problem with my little circles that were made from the center was that they were like little buttons on the work and tended to catch the thread as I went forward with other areas. Finally, I tacked down the edges of my first sunspots.

Comment by Devon Thein on August 22, 2010 at 11:34am
Because I am guilty of coining the term cauldron of creativitity, I thought I ought to make a sun inspired piece of needle lace. First, I visited some sites on the internet to look at sun images and decided I was quite taken with some ultraviolet images provided by NASA. I especially liked the little areas which I suppose are sunspots or areas that are hotter than others.

One thought that intriqued me was why peopled mostly filled in areas in needle lace with straight stitching, and rarely used curves. In Point de Gaze there are some curves, but one does not tend to see radical curving. I figured there was a sound reason for this, but until I tried it, I probably wouldn't know what it was.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 20, 2010 at 5:51pm
So let's all start something, perhaps next week. We don't all have to be doing the same thing, or working within guidelines. But if the idea of a sun makes it easier to work out a design, use that idea. But what I hope to see is progress reports and photos of the work in its stages. That fascinates me, but I also think it helps beginners (and people who have never tried it) to visualize the process. And visualizing the process may make it easier for more to try it out.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 17, 2010 at 5:25pm
All your ideas sound good. I just threw out the sun or astronomical idea to get some discussion started, and to see what you all want to do. The idea occurred to me because we already have 2 sun designs among our photos. So I thought let's see how several others interpret that idea.
Comment by Debbie D'Amelio on August 17, 2010 at 11:40am
Planetary seems mostly circular to me, with extras like for comets, so that's fine with me. Maybe consider the group's theme photo as inspiration? There's also a photo that uses Saturn's rings as inspiration.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 16, 2010 at 6:12pm
Contemporary can be either 2D or 3D. Myself, I won't attempt 3D just yet. I'm too new at this to try that just yet. But if most of the group members want to try 3D, go for it! We don't have to be doing the same thing. I only suggested possible parameters because it is sometimes easier to think up a design when there are some limitations to work inside of.
Comment by Janice Blair on August 16, 2010 at 6:03pm
Are you talking about a 2-D or 3-D piece of lace? I can't see how 3-D would fit on a scanner. I was thinking about doing something for Christmas in needle lace next.

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