Filet Lacis

Filet lacis, filet lace, filet guipure,  filet noué: these are made on a knotted handmade net with embroidery stitches added, especially darning and cloth stitch (toile).

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Sources of information

The DMC Encyclopedia has a chapter on filet, and a separate booklet, available from Look for Dillmont

Links to the DMC booklets on filet lacis:  (This one is just examples.)
Also look there for Hardouin FILET BRODE and Orsoni

DMC online chapter on how to make the net, and some net embroidery stitches and motifs.

Project Gutenberg has Beeton's Encyclopedia online, which has quite a lot of filet, which she calls "guipure d'art". How to do the net starts with p 301,
and guipure d'art (the embroidery part) starts on p 503

In this one the netting starts on page 77 

Exhaustive description of how to make the various nets: diamonds, rounds, square etc. Rita Bartholomew

A source for books, materials and tools:
Another supplier:

Other sources: very good, very SLOW mesh making   start   begin next row   increasing at end of row

Margaret Morgan published a very good book last year called "Filet Lace: Stitches & Patterns" Milner Craft Series.
An excellent book with clear instructions and diagrams, and it takes you though in easy stages from elementary to more advanced. shows the various types of filet lace, too - Showing guipure, Richlieu, and Finish style as well as traditional. a soft cover, and I can recommend it. ...Liz L
Marie-Jo Quinault "Filet Lace - Introduction to the Linen Stitch" Clear diagrams on how to map out your pathway for working this lace, and lots of patterns too.

Contains a list of netting booklets:

filet lace, filet lacis, filet guipure, filet noue, Filet Arbeiten, Gipuer, filet brode, Filet Richelieu, filet d'art, guipure d'art, dentelle de Cluny. All of these names apply to laces made on knotted net. But Buratto, or Burato, is the name used for embroidery on square net which is not knotted ( a woven fabric with visible spaces between the threads).

Discussion Forum

Filet Lace 8 Replies

Hi! A friend found a book at the library called "Renaissance Patterns for Lace, Embroidery and Needlepoint" by Federico Vinciolo and Apparently the patterns are reprints from books originally printed…Continue

Started by Elizabeth Barber. Last reply by Elizabeth Barber Apr 15, 2012.

BOOKS ON FILET and embroidering it 1 Reply

If you come across any books on filet lacis, please post a review here. Or if you have any of the books listed above, comments on their contents and usefulness would be helpful. Please post as a…Continue

Tags: filet, books, filet lacis books

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti Oct 27, 2010.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on February 3, 2014 at 8:41pm

When I checked out their web site a few months ago, I saw the net was marked as Polycotton, and I presume that is what I purchased the previous year.

Free postage in USA - so I had it sent to Helen in Seattle, - then paid $2500 Aus. to come and fetch it!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :)

Hmmm! Rayon. If I can get a rayon of similar thickness to the Perle 12 that might be an idea.  It would have a nice sheen to it too!

I think I must cut off a small square, work a block or 2 and then dunk it in some water, -- and see what happens. I will be able to see what happens when it dries, and check the shrinkage of the 2 different threads.

The alternative - of course, is to use a cotton net - which I can buy over here - but it is more expensive than the polycotton net.

(Thank you for organizing the Spell check, too, on this site!!  I am SO glad of it!!!!!!!! :) )

Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 3, 2014 at 8:15pm

Can you cut off a corner of the net and put a match to it? The smell test for burning synthetics?? I don't know that it would work, but it might clarify the material used. How would rayon thread work? Does rayon shrink like cotton and linen?

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on February 3, 2014 at 6:48pm

I purchased some net from Lacis a couple of years ago. It felt different to what I bought here in Australia, and I now suspect it is Polycotton net - 9 count.

If I use my usual Perle 12 cotton thread on it, when laundered they will shrink at different levels, won't they?

Can anyone suggest a thread I should/could use?

I have the daft idea of making a sleeveless vest in Filet lace!!!!!!!! Failing that - a collar!

Should it be in one piece or the back and fronts separate? 

The thread to use is the main worry at the moment.  I have to finish the mat I am working on before I get started on anything else, but I like to have some idea and plan ahead!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 27, 2014 at 3:04pm

A list of old magazines with articles on knotted netting

Comment by Jenny on April 10, 2013 at 1:14am

Thanks so much for sharing Lorelei. There is a lovely drawn thread panel in there too. Will save & have a good look later, have just come back from a few days away & still catching up.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on April 6, 2013 at 8:10pm

Wow! there is some beautiful work there.  those little flowers being worked look interesting, and the plae coloured piece...!!!

Thanks for the link.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 6, 2013 at 5:13pm

This album has quite a few filet lacis photos, including several of the work in process.  Really interesting.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 18, 2012 at 2:59pm

This album has quite a few interesting examples of filet lacis.  Also some cut and drawn work embroidery.

This one is drawn thread work, much of it in color.  With needleweaving.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 17, 2012 at 3:25pm

Buratto accession # 1921.1138
There is 1 closeup.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 22, 2012 at 3:19pm

#31 in this album has a rather large circular filet. 

And #32 is a short video of someone making the net.


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