point de gaze

What stitches are used in point de gaze needle lace. The techniques of point de gaze needlelace. Construction of antique point de gaze needle lace.

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Sources of Information on Point de Gaze Needle Lace

To understand what stitches were typically part of this historic form of needlelace (last half of the 19th century) first look at two very good books and an online article:

Pat Earnshaw NEEDLELACE, London, Nerehurst 1991
Jean Leader

Also Catherine Barley has a section on point de gaze in her personal website.  View it in FULLSCREEN mode.  The detail is amazing.

Both of the books have chapters devoted to the stitches used in certain historic needle lace styles, and both include chapters on point de gaze. Barley also gives full and detailed instructions for working some pieces of her design, for those who want to learn that form.

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This week's self imposed challenge-I'd like to practice by trying to create eyes. Has anyone come across closeups of photos? In the encyclopedia of needlework I saw a picot made with a bullion…Continue

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Comment by Loretta Holzberger on December 23, 2013 at 2:07pm

Some of the stitches that are used in Point de Gaze are the twisted stitch worked both directions to make the background net, corded buttonhole stitch for solid parts, twisted stitch used around the inside edges of petals with the rest of the petal worked in corded buttonhole stitch, a variety of other filling stitches, and twisted stitch worked around the outer edge of lines that are used as stems or fern like fillings. 

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 23, 2013 at 5:19am

Dears I have started on needlelace finally :D 

I wanted to learn basic stitches used in Pont de gaze.. Can I know what are those ?? so That I can start practicing it 

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 10, 2013 at 3:45am

@Karen Dear thanks for the tip :)

@Lorelei ma'am : I did go through it after I posted here Sorry for that *embarrassed* . so there is no hard fast rule that we NEED such and such material to make a true , elegant needle lace ??

@Elizabeth ma'am : Thank you the tips :) I have joined the Beginner's group and have printed out the Bookmark pattern too :) 

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 9, 2013 at 6:53pm

You need a sharp needle to couch down the outline threads, as the couching stitches go through the fabric pad.

All the rest of the lace is made On Top of the pad, so you need a blunt needle for the rest of the lace. Use a Tapestry needle, or a Ball Point needle.

Use a cotton thread only.  Linen can break easily and may have slubs (thick bits) in it. Polyester, polycotton, rayon etc. are all slightly stretchy, so very hard to get correct tension.  Stick to plain cotton threads. Crochet cotton is good to work with , right down to sewing Cotton! Just make sure it is cotton!

Join in the Beginners Group, and we can help you there, if you draw up the sampler pattern, and start working on that.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 9, 2013 at 2:38pm


The first several paragraphs of the bookmark tutorial explain about kinds of needles and supplies.  There are also explanations about thread sizes and pattern sizes.  You can print out the pattern in different sizes, to match whatever threads you can find locally.

Comment by Karen Roy on December 9, 2013 at 11:39am


For needles, I just pick something with an eye big enough for my thread, and a dull point.  The point should never pierce the fabric I'm working on, so it shouldn't be sharp.  (Perhaps sharp needles are useful in denser styles of lace, like gros point?  I don't know.) 

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 9, 2013 at 12:11am

Sorry for Spamming,

I went through all the 'comments' here.. It's so nice to learn many small nitty gritties that makes all the difference between an ok-ok lace and a great lace :)

But to be honest, it's so so overwhelming :O Looks like i can never be good at it :(

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 9, 2013 at 12:08am

Lorelei ma'am,

That would be a great Idea :)

Once I get the hang of it, then I can branch out to other forms :)

My mom always says One thing at a time, makes you master of it :)

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 9, 2013 at 12:06am

Elizabeth ma'am,

I will certainly do that. Just looked up the tutorial it's so simple and easily explained :)

It would be great to know the "thread sizes" and Needle types needed for needle lace :) so that I can start on a correct note :) Although I'm sure I might have to improvise with the threads and needles available locally :/

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 8, 2013 at 9:05pm

Any of you who have done a little point de gaze: how about posting diagrams of the stitches typical in that lace.  Then Lakshmi can start one of the beginner samplers using just the stitches she would need to learn for point de gaze.  So, learn the stitches first, then learn how to put them together into a lace.


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