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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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 Laura Sandison on March 21, 2012 at 9:27am

Thanks for the glue tip, Beth. I have used many blown eggs, but hadn't tried lining them. Usually, I'm not working with them in-hand like this project will require (exception being marbling them). I'm egg-cited to try this with my neice this week while she stays with me! She is 14 and makes bobbin lace.  But, she learned the basic connecting buttonhole as a wee little one making dream catchers. We all love anything with beads!

Comment by Beth Schoenberg on March 21, 2012 at 2:26am


Hi, Janice and Laura,

The secret to using real chicken eggshells is to blow them out, clean them out, and then line the inside with several layers of an acid-free clear or white glue.  This strengthens the shell, though you sacrifice lightweight-ness to get the strength.

There are plenty of how-tos for blowing out eggshells online.  To clean them out, work while the inside is still damp.  Put a couple of dozen grains of dry rice into the shell, then pour in some ammonia or a water-alcohol mix (50-50);  blocking the holes with your fingers, shake vigorously for a count of 200 or so, then drain the fluid & rice.  Let dry THOROUGHLY; don't stress too much about any rice grains left stuck inside.

This treatment prevents icky microbes from growing underneath the glue layers later on, discoloring the egg, and possibly making it stink.

To line with glue, do the same thing with rice grains and the glue of your choice, except for draining it out.  If you think the glue is not covering the inside evenly, try using it diluted with water. 

Lay the egg on its side to dry, rolling it every few moments so the puddle that develops is spread around the inside.  A puddle will eventually form anyway, so just make sure each new coat's puddle is in a different spot from all the ones before (you can use a pencil-dot on the outside to remember by).  Let each coat of glue dry thoroughly before pouring in the next coat.

I used to use this method to make Easter egg "blanks" for my kids to decorate for the family Easter-egg tree.  We used not only chicken and duck eggs, but occasionally got very small shells such as quail eggs.

Thank you for posting this link, ioli -- it's very inspirational!


Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 20, 2012 at 2:27pm

In that same album she had a photo of a candle holder for a votive candle.  It appeared to be in wire with lots of beads.  It was very pretty, but the angle of the photos made it impossible to see the actual stitches she used, or how it was constructed.  Very frustrating.

Comment by Laura Sandison on March 20, 2012 at 1:12pm

They look pretty straight forward. I agree with Janice about using an alternative to a real egg...I'm pretty tight and heavy-handed. But, I do have some ostrich eggs that might be fun after a bit of practice! Thanks for posting them Lorelei!

Comment by Janice Blair on March 20, 2012 at 12:27pm

I like that she posted photos on how to work the one over the hollow egg. I might be tempted to try it over a plastic one or a styrofoam ball, but in my hands I am likely to crush the shell before I finished it if I used a real egg.  

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 20, 2012 at 10:09am
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.


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