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: Nov 30, 2018



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 Onna Addis on January 18, 2012 at 1:57pm
I have a hint for laying out a pattern like instead of pricking I used my sewing machine without Thread. I used a short with zig zag stitch that would prick on either side of where you lay the outlining. My settings on my machine were quite close to what was the almost a satin stitch or buttonhole stitch. I did a great job of pricking through both paper patterns and the ultra suede I had under it making it easier to couch down my out lining
Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 27, 2011 at 6:28pm

Two of Silvia's simple modern pieces have turned up on Jeanine in Canada's blog:

Very good ideas for relatively easy modern designs with good variety of stitches.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 21, 2011 at 1:09am
Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 16, 2011 at 10:55pm

Debbie: that is the most complex cut paper art that I have ever seen.  All I know about it is that it is a folk art in Poland.  And since we have a large Polish population in Chicago, there are some locally who are doing it.  But the ones you showed us are much larger and more freeform than anything I've seen before.

Comment by Debbie D'Amelio on December 16, 2011 at 9:49pm

I get a daily email from a woman who collects artistic sites and shares them. In this email she presents a psaligraphist, which is a paper cutter. But what a paper cutter! I thot her designs look just like lace and might offer some ideas for design. This is her website and Flickr sets.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 9, 2011 at 2:26pm


Thanks for clarifying that.  Naskova's work is really interesting.

Comment by Silvia on January 9, 2011 at 10:02am
Many thanks for this link. I love this style of modern lace, very innovative.
Comment by Brona Bacilkova on January 9, 2011 at 4:10am

Lorelei: All works in this album are needle laces. All are designed by Vilma Naskova. She has her own style of work - for example she makes reduced, unfinished lines. Result is an very irregular look.

I'll try to do better detailed photos.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 8, 2011 at 4:03pm

I think this whole album is needle lace, but I'm not quite sure (not quite close up enough for certainty).

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 27, 2010 at 4:20pm
I found a set of contemporary needle lace, which you might find interesting.

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