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).

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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 March 19, 2016 at 12:14am
I also highly recommend Margaret Morgan's book. I work my filet on a mesh that I make by withdrawing threads from even weave linen fabric. When I first started learning, I used the pre-made mesh, but my hand didn't take too kindly to the sizing in it. I use a drawing program called Corell to mark up my thread journey. Takes some time but well worth the effort, and saves so much unpicking as the journey is worked out before I pick up a needle.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 17, 2016 at 10:44pm

Here is a rather messy pattern to show what I mean.  The red dots are put in the squares where you "turn a corner".  I started at the bottom left, and worked around the whole piece, and ended at the bottom left - where I started.   I hope this helps. It takes extra time, but I find it is well worth it, as I can then follow the lines and know I will end up where I started!!  Some people tell me they don't need to do this, - but they are Lucky to be able to do the needlework without a guide/pattern to follow!  I can't - and need all the help I can get!!!! :)

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 17, 2016 at 9:57pm

When it comes to the embroidery part - I get a copy - well, I make my own on 5sq ares per inch graph paper, and dot out the pattern in ink, then work out the path of the thread of the stitching in Pencil - so I can correct it. The pattern should work out as one continuous thread (so I am told!When I have the pencil line correct - starting and finishing at the same point, I then ink over it. 

As I sew each row, I cross it out - in pencil, so I know where I am! I get lost rather easily if I put the work down...!!!  Using pencil means I can then use that same  graphed piece again if I wish - or if it is , - say - 4 corner pieces on a mat, etc.

I will try to find a bit, to show what I mean.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on March 17, 2016 at 3:31pm

Elizabeth, thank you for the book recomendation!  I have been working on a standard diamond net, but have yet to actually embroider any of it due to lack of references.  

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 15, 2016 at 7:23pm

Welcome Charles.  I take the cheats way out, and buy the Leno net, - and therefore work Burato (or Buratto) lace - just the same type of darning, but because it is a purchased, Woven net, it has a different name!!  It is generally called Filet lace, anyway, - when the thought Police are not around!!

I cannot help with the net making, but when you come to the darning, - have a look at Margaret Morgan's book Filet Lace. Well worth having.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 15, 2016 at 1:34am


Rita Bartholomew who runs is a member of our network. If you "friend" her, the software will allow you to write a personal email (this software calls it a "message"). She may be able to help.

I haven't actually tried filet lacis yet. It is on my list.

Comment by Charles Hughes on March 15, 2016 at 12:25am

Hi there--

I've recently gotten interested in netting for filet lacis, but I have to admit that I've run into a few difficulties and I can't seem to make any headway. The method I use to create the net is (I'm assuming) the traditional one. At first it felt like I was tying my hand up, but has lately become more "natural." I'll net a few rows and then suddenly--augh! I find that I've made an error and it seems impossible to untie the knot and I have to start again. Terribly frustrating! 

I was wondering if there were any methods out there that you all would know of that would give the same results but have fewer steps and less mess. In the meantime, I'll continue. I'm very stubborn when I want to learn something new.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 21, 2015 at 3:04pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 21, 2015 at 3:02pm

Knots Indeed is a filet lacis site, and she posted these suncatchers, so I think they are probably that technique, rather than oya. How does the OYA knot differ from the lacis knot? or does it?

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

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