Gros Point

Gros point needle lace is a lace with raised, and decorated cordonettes. It is supposed to look like carved ivory.  For those who want to learn it or to study the details of its construction in antique examples.  Historical antique form was called Venetian gros point needle lace.

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Resources for Gros Point


Catherine Barley NEEDLELACE, DESIGNS AND TECHNIQUES, CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY. Batsford 1993, reprinted 2003.  Contains a chapter on technique and several patterns.

Nenia Lovesey and Catherine Barley VENETIAN GROS POINT LACE. Dryad 1986. Stitch diagrams are clear, but description of how to make the padded roll is not satisfactory.  Quite a few nice motifs.

Nenia Lovesey INTRODUCTION TO NEEDLEPOINT LACE, Larousse 1985. Has a chapter on raised work.

ONLINE RESOURCES  This chapter contains needlelace stitch diagrams and diagrams for bars  (in the context of tape laces, but the stitches and bars are the same).

This is a link to a free download of superb close-up photos of a highly sculpted Venetian Gros Point.  File is 4.2 mb.  Clicking on it will immediately start the download. ; 


The Retournac gros point symposium  See the bottom of the page for links to several pdf files, photos of brides, fillings, decorative holes (portes) and a few old laces.

photos of lace grounds

Discussion Forum

Punto Cologna 5 Replies

I've just noticed that in Cologna Veneta, a small town near Verona, Italy, there is a lace school where they make Punto Cologna, which is very similar to the Gros Point.In my blog…Continue

Started by Silvia. Last reply by Christiane Machabée Nov 21, 2015.

Stitches of gros point needle lace 4 Replies

Last night I picked up a sampler I started nearly 2 years ago. It has been nearly that long since I last worked on it. It was supposed to be a sampler of gros point stitches.  So I was devoured by an…Continue

Tags: gros point, gros point needle lace stitches, stitches of gros point

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Lorelei Halley May 15, 2014.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 10, 2010 at 3:44pm
I'm not an expert on needlelace, but I don't think this is historic gros point. It has the feel of a revival era copy or re-creation, circa late 1800s to early 1900s.
Comment by Nancy A. Neff on April 10, 2010 at 3:20pm
I've just uploaded four photos of a piece of antique lace I bought recently. Both and the seller are quite uncertain about its age. It "feels" old, is made of linen, but is very fine--much smaller scale than I associate with historical Gro Pointe. I wondered what members thought about the possible age and origin of this piece? Thanks.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 5, 2010 at 1:57pm
For those who haven't seen this, below is a link to images of an antique Ventian gros point needle lace. Clicking on it will immediately start the download. The file is about 4 mb.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on April 1, 2010 at 9:42pm
the photo is of a pendant I made some years ago.
I hope some others will share some photos and comments about this "queen of needle laces".
It is the most fun to work, as it leaves so much to the imagination with regards to the embellishments.

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