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 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.  

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 1, 2014 at 2:37pm

Can either of you check the publication date and place on the Margaret Morgan book? I only have author and title.

Jenny, I wonder about your hands, if it is whatever not-very-clean water where the net was made, a stiffening agent, or if it is the fiber of the net itself that is causing the reaction. I wonder if washing the net thoroughly before working on it would stop the reaction. (Wearing gloves while washing it.)

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 30, 2014 at 9:28pm

If you find my page and see my photos, I have 3 pieces of filet lace there - or go to my Albums, and see in the knkotted lace and Filet lace one.  I have the Hardanger look-alike from Margaret Morgan's book, and a close up of a corner,  a piece I worked from an old 1929 French album of filet Lace patterns, and the 3rd piece is of "The Lacemaker " by Marg. Morgan from her book with Jill Oxton Publications - Cross Stitch Australia, Special edition #3 - more of a magazine type book - but the first one I got, and which I learned from.  I think some are still available from the Publisher . there is also another Morgan book - Silhouettes and more in Miniature. She does miniature needlework, and some of these are done in black on cream silk as cross stitch, but can also be done in Filet Lace.

I have never actually met Margaret, but have corresponded with her, and found her very helpful. 

A tip - place a dark coloured cloth over your knees, or on the table when working on white or light colour, and it will give a contrast background.  I was given that tip when I started Knotted Lace, - and it works for filet lace too!! It is too hard to see if you have the white net & threads in your hand, and light coloured clothing on. I use a dark cover cloth from my bobbin lace, and keep it with whatever filet, and knotted laces I am working on. It helps!!

I did "The Lacemaker" twice - as the first one I gave to my daughter (also a Lacemaker!) and them missed her and had just an empty frame, so made her again!!  I used 14 count net for those ones, but I usually use 9 count net.

Comment by Jenny on November 30, 2014 at 7:43pm

Liz, my plan was to work through Margaret's book, from front to back,but when my hands started breaking out I gave up. I have always wanted to work it on linen but have always other more important projects to do, and the mesh making can be boring and time consuming.

This current small piece is on a sampler of pulled and drawn work, and now I want to do more! At one of my stitching groups we have been given a challenge for next year which is "to set our own challenge". I have set mine as filet, playing with different sized meshes, learning the different stitches, seeing how they react with different threads. I would like to move into colour, so parts of a design are one colour, and other parts are another colour. I also want to have a go at making my own mesh with just thread, so I can play with circular disigns. That's something I cannot do with linen. All too much I think for just 12 months.

Do we get to see pics of your piece when it is finished?

I agree, the heavy crosses should be the heavy thread, & fine crosses in fine thread, that is just logical!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 30, 2014 at 6:37pm

Oh Good - I am not going totally mad, then, when the message did not appear!!!!!!!

Marg. Morgan's book is really good, and shows different techniques. I like the outlining with a thicker thread, and it makes blocks look like flowers. 

I have done a small mat from an Italian book/magaine which turned out well, and now I am doing the medium size of the same pattern.  I will Not be doing the biest siZe though.  But it is a neat, continental deisgn. I gave the small one to my daughter, - so have to make  it again - but larger, for me. It has fillings in a fine thread - interesting!

Funny though - the main stitching with thicker thread is shown in a fine X on the pattern sheet, and the finer thread areas are marked in a heavy X. -  seems the wrong way around to me!!!  (Or is it me? - I am English born & bred, and living in Australia, so maybe living upside down.....!!!!!!!!!!! :) )


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