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 Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 4, 2017 at 10:36pm

Thank you all for your help. I will pass those links on.

I have had "Back of the Eye" surgery, Julie, and it has not helped things, unfortunately. So I am not doing any needlelace of any sort right now, - until, I get the eye tested, in about a month, I hope, and get a new lens in my spectacles. I have one new lens (multifocal), and the other is just plain glass for the time being!!

I am hoping to get back to needlelace of all sorts very soon, but in the mean time I keep my hands busy with some tatting , as a 20 crochet cotton is easier to see!!!

I have just been winding some bobbins - with #100 Finca - gosh! it seems fine!!!!!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on May 4, 2017 at 6:38pm

I have been searching online for suppliers of the double eyed netting needle, and found this site: 

It does seem as if those needles are less available than they were 10-20 years ago. I don't know why. For coarse work there are plastic and wooden shuttles available from several sources. It is those very thin metal needles/shuttles that are hard to find.

Comment by Julie Thomson on May 4, 2017 at 3:01am

Thank you 

Comment by Yolande on May 4, 2017 at 2:00am

The needle you are looking for might be found at Tombolo e Disegni

In this shop you find everything. Site in italian, but the owner understands a little english

Comment by Julie Thomson on May 4, 2017 at 1:59am

Comment by Julie Thomson on May 4, 2017 at 1:55am

Hi Elizabeth. I am pretty sure the needle you have been asked about is used for actually making fine net.  Filet lace by the Sea... have photos of them but don't seem to have them available.

Pleased to see you are still doing Filet, I do very little... have problems with my eyes. 

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 3, 2017 at 10:44pm

I have been asked if I know of a supplier for a special Filet needle -- it has an eye at either end, ab=nd a groove along the length of the needle between the eyes.

I have never heard of such a needle, - but does anyone know where they can be purchased?

(One lives and learns...!!!)

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 19, 2016 at 7:40pm

The corner below, that I show marked with my working line, is from an old pattern book of the 1920s - Le Filet Ancien - a series of books of just masses of patterns. They have been reprinted by Lacis and can be purchased there.  I was lent some of the Original old books by a French friend.

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!!!! :)


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