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 August 25, 2011 at 8:48pm
Lorelei, thanks for sharing. I have done some drawn work on regular dress fabric. They usually are not even weave and any "squares" produced will be slightly rectangular, so distorting the work. As long as this info is taken into account when designing, other fabrics such as these towels can produce some really interesting results.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 25, 2011 at 3:44pm

Here is a lady who has worked some filet type designs on towels.  It looks as if she did double drawn thread work to remove most of the fabric threads and give her large holes with only a few fabric threads left to serve as the underlying square mesh.  But the idea is interesting.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 19, 2011 at 3:34pm

Elissa found a link to some filet lacis worked in rounds: 

Also the same site has a tutorial on making the net.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 5, 2011 at 5:16pm


The wild psychedelic colors and crazy clothing!  What ideas.  There is also some interesting sol lace in there, too.

Comment by Jenny on April 5, 2011 at 4:42pm

Lorelei thanks for sharing.

In my surfing this morning I found these

Gorgeous colours.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 5, 2011 at 3:16pm

Among the photos on this page are several shots of a large filet lacis type sampler with beautiful examples.  But you have to search through them.

Comment by Kim Taylor on January 26, 2011 at 2:17pm
Thank you.  The sizing is a little hard to figure out (and Google translate only does so much!) so I have emailed them. Hopefully someone there speaks English!
Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 26, 2011 at 2:07pm

An Italian site mentionned on arachne has quite a few different meshes.  But they are mostly for buratto (not knotted).  But a larger choice than in American sites. 

Comment by Kim Taylor on January 25, 2011 at 8:38pm
hi, again. Thank you for that.  The mesh size I am looking for is 9 squares per inch, or 81 squares by square inch. Tiny, I know.  I am beginning to wonder if such a knotted net exists!
Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 25, 2011 at 7:10pm

Silk gauze:   Not exactly what you are looking for, I know.



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