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

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Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Oct 27, 2010.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 25, 2011 at 6:46pm
Kim: I don't know about the specific mesh size you are looking for.  But I have noticed that many embroidery and bobbin lace suppliers also have some knotted net by the yard.  Like you, getting into making my own net is not something I want to get into now.  I think that with machine made knotted nets odd sizes may not exist.
Comment by Kim Taylor on January 25, 2011 at 6:23pm
I appreciated seeing the netting in the photograph below.  I have been in contact with Marie-Jo at Filet Lace by the Sea and she says that some of the netting they produce is machine made and some is hand made (knotted netting).  I am particularly interested in finding a 9 count netting using very thin thread (the 9 count I have seen so far is too coarse for what I am looking for).  I have even tried to make this size of netting myself - yikes!! Does anyone out there have any ideas as to suppliers of knotted net for 9 count?  I have some from Lacis, but it is machine made and woven, not knotted.  Ideally I would like a knotted net. Thanks in advance!
Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 6, 2010 at 2:56am
Liz: thanks for the photos of the different kinds of mesh. That will clarify things for beginners. There was an article in the IOLI Bulletin some years ago which insisted that it was possible nowadays for the knotted net to be made by machines. I find it hard to imagine how, but I don't have any certain knowledge about that. But it is possible now to find knotted net sold at very reasonable prices in different mesh sizes. And the reasonable prices do suggest machine-made.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 5, 2010 at 8:53pm
Sorry the nets are a bit crumpled. The cream net is a knotted net - you can see the smell knots in the corner of each square. It is a 5 count net I think - 5 meshes per i9nch. the lower, white net is leno net - a woven net and is 9 count - 9 meshes per inch.

Comment by Onna Addis on December 5, 2010 at 10:38am
thank you for the is intriguing! lil thing at a time today..shower next and show at 10am today.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 4, 2010 at 6:24pm
I can guarantee the Margaret Morgan book is in English, Onna!! It is an excellent book, with the basics shown clearly, and then, towards the end, some other styles of filet lace, and how to work the techniques. It is a soft cover book, and should be available at all good Lace suppliers.
Usual disclaimer - Just a satisified customer!! I have learned a lot from the book. I could do some basic filet when I bought it, but easily managed a few of the more advanced techniques using the book.

I work on 9 count Leno net (the woven net, not the Knotted net, - so Technically, my work is Buratto lace - if you are really nit-picking!!!), and I use Perle thread.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 4, 2010 at 6:01pm
Look at the webistes posted above, under the picture. There are several books in English currently available. And there is actually a lot on the internet to get you started before purchasing the books. Just go through all the links I've posted above. You will be surprised how much there is.
Comment by Onna Addis on December 4, 2010 at 9:20am
The more I look at this the more I see this is the lace centerpiece doily that was my grandma's work. I have found several more since here and there in keepsakes, I want to learn this! Hope the info is in English :). grin
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on October 26, 2010 at 7:12pm
This is a lace that I have worked. I enjoy doing it - somethin g I can see without a big magnifier, so is good to take out and about with me - like sitting in our small boat up a river while my husband fishes!! (My lacemaking is more productive some days!!)
Working out the pathway beforehand is the biggest challenge.

Margaret Morgan published a very good book last year called "Filet Lace: Stitches & Patterns" a soft cover, and I can recommend it.

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