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.

Discussion Forum

choosing thread 26 Replies

I am very grateful for this group! I am obviously new to neelelace and was wondering if there was a discussion somewhere on choosing thread given the project"s size? I do not have any books as of…Continue

Started by Dee K. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Nov 16, 2018.

An alternative to using grid paper 3 Replies

If you should ever be without grid paper this might be useful. Especially for practice pieces [which is all I am capable of thus far :0)]. I purchased it at JoAnn's. $5 w/out a coupon. It is clear,…Continue

Started by Dee K. Last reply by Sue Babbs Mar 22, 2016.

Techniques for eyes 1 Reply

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

Started by Dee K. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Mar 14, 2016.

First attempt 12 Replies

I am working on my first square of the sampler and have a couple of questions.Are my rows too close together? The row with double brussels is close and it is hard to see the stitch. Perhaps when the…Continue

Started by Dee K. Last reply by Dee K Mar 13, 2016.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 8, 2013 at 6:53pm

I suggest you go to the beginners group, and learn the basics from Lorelei's sampler.  Work it a few times with different stitches, and finer threads as you improve.

If you are in a Guild you may be able to borrow books from their library.

Comment by Lakshmi R on December 8, 2013 at 9:20am

Hey Dears am new here :) I want to learn Point De Gaze :) Sincerely 

But I can't afford any books :( 

Is there no way to learn it without books ?? :(

Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 20, 2013 at 10:58pm

Pat Earnshaw's book, mentioned above, has chapters on Alencon and point de gaze, where she describes the stitches used in each.  She also gives a history of needlelace, and how the various styles followed each other in time.  You might find that useful.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on September 20, 2013 at 7:39pm

Yes, I suggest you get reasonably comfortable with needlelace - Point de Gaze and/or reticella before tackling Gros Point.


Gros Point is not hard, but fiddley when you are adding lots of threads as you work, so I always advise being comfortable with your work before tackling the raised work.

Others may disagree, though!! That is part of the fun of lacemaking - there are always different views on anything!!! :)

Alencon ground is different to the Point de Gaze ground, and Alencon usually has far more picots!!!  Loretta is the expert on Alencon, so listen to her!

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on September 20, 2013 at 6:44pm

Does anyone know the differences between this Point de gaze and Alencon, I do like using honeycomb stitch in my work. Even Halas seems quite similar to them both, I would like to learn one of them, preferably where honeycomb stitch is used and that seems to be in Halas, but would rather learn either Point de gaze or Alencon as these ones seem daintier or 'lighter'

I do really love the Gros point but think that would be too hard for a beginner.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 22, 2013 at 3:18pm

Go and see Catherine Barley's point de gaze parasol on her new website: 

She shows the stages of working.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 19, 2012 at 11:04pm

Wow!  Well done!  What a clever way to use my little corner piece!  I am so glad you got it finished. It looks lovely.

I hope you are going to Wear that collar, - not just put it away, like so many others do!

Comment by Janice Blair on July 19, 2012 at 5:49pm

Just posted a photo on my page of a collar I designed using elements from a class I took with Liz last year and flowers and leaves from Catherine Barley's book.  I need a lesson on how to be more consistent with my netting ground but I am pleased that I finished before the IOLI convention.

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on February 20, 2012 at 1:01pm

Lovely, Beth.  Now I want to see them finished.  I like the way you changed the density within a stitch. 

Comment by Beth Schoenberg on February 20, 2012 at 10:58am


Just a note, I've posted 3 photos of a set of point de gaze butterfly wings I made over 20 years ago.  I had a bit of a play with the technique, using mostly traditional stitches, but adding in one uneven "crackle" stitch to lighten the shading to the max possible, short of open air.  Enjoy.



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