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.   2006 by Sally Milner Publishing Pty. Ltd., Bowral, NSW, 2576,  Australia
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 - 


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 Kathleen Minniti on September 28, 2015 at 9:10pm
Thanks, Lorelei!
Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 28, 2015 at 4:52pm

Kathleen - to see the filet photos on our site go to PHOTOS. Click on ALL ALBUMS. Then look just above the album icons, on the right, for the slot that says "sort by". Click on ALPHABETICAL. It will then give the album list. Look among the F's for our album of filet lace.

For more photos look at my pinterest board. (But I think you would need to have a pinterest account yourself or they won't let you see it. That is pinterest's software and I can't change it.) 

To see photos from a particular member of our network, go to that person's page. Under the icon are a list of things pertaining to that member. Click on their PHOTOS to see every photo they have posted to PHOTOS.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on September 28, 2015 at 12:15am
How do I access the photos everyone mentions? Do I just go to their page, or is there a specific album for lacis?
Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 27, 2015 at 3:44pm

On Facebook something came up yesterday about Telemarksbinding, which is apparently a Norwegian form of filet lacis. The 2nd link is to a virtual museum with other pieces of the same sort. Click where you see a + sign to get more detail.

Comment by Jenny on December 3, 2014 at 6:11pm

Liz thank you so much for sharing! All the pieces are gorgeous, especially the one from the cover of Margaret's book. So much work and so much planning! I have seen a needle weaved version of this design just recently, worked by one of the new ladies to my local stitching group. Another Elizabeth, she tried to draw the threads from fabric to create the net like I did, but fell in a heap and worked on the purchased net. She worked most of it in the waiting room at a hospital (waiting with sick hubby) in about 2 weeks. She now has it framed and hanging on her wall.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 2, 2014 at 7:07pm

Jenny, I have just added 3 more pieces of Filet lace.- one in colour.  the original design of Wattle spray is, I think in Marg. Morgan's book. I have done the mat, as she shows it, and then I worked this on later on.   It was worked for the IOLI Competition in Montreal, some years ago, and the theme was for Table runners. the dimensions were given, so size was restricted - all ways - sideways and length! I flipped the spray so I could get it facing the other way on alternate repeats.

The bit mat is shown on the cover of her book. I loved it, and had to have a go at working it!! 

The other piece is the small mat from the Italian book. I am currently working on the medium size.

Comment by Jenny on December 1, 2014 at 11:44pm
Lorelei, I think the problem with the net and my hands is the stiffening agent. I have reactions to lots of chemical things & wear gloves for cleaning all the time. Someone else suggested dunking the net quickly in & out of water to remove the excess but not to take it all away. I solved the problem before by wearing a cotton glove on my hand holding the frame with the net in it. My needle hand I left free. I think I would prefer the linen hand made net anyway & the fabric doesn't react with my hands.

Liz, I haven't checked out your piece yet. Must do that om the PC, not this little screen.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 1, 2014 at 7:52pm


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 1, 2014 at 7:12pm

OOps, sorry - the Place for the publisher is

P.O.Box 2104,  Bowral, NSW, 2576,  Australia

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 1, 2014 at 7:10pm

Filet Lace by Margaret Morgan  first published in 2006 by Sally Milner Publishing Pty. Ltd.

Copyright Margaret Morgan 2006

Bibliography ISBN 9781863513654,  and the ISBN number is 1 86351 365 5. though just to confuse things on the back cover  price tag mark stripy thing, says along the top  ISBN 987-1-86351-365-4.  


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