For all our members who want to advance in & talk about Puncetto Valsesiano knotted needle lace.  Also called punto avorio.

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Sources of Information on how to do Puncetto

"I recently purchased Puncetto Valsesiano - Manuale de Base from
I live in the USA, and received my order in a week. This is Elena Rossi's website (a member of NEEDLELACETALK) She speaks English. For those seeking puncetto instructions, this is a terrific book. Manuale de Base means the basics. If you do not understand the Italian (like me), the diagrams are easy to follow. After a year of looking for basic techniques, I am well pleased. In addition, I am more confident, after fumbling with other sources. Best wishes, Lucy Ludwig"

From Lucy:
A SCUOLA DI PUNCETTO VALESIANO - extremely well executed book on Puncetto with clear, colorful graphics and lots of pictures. The graphical notation system is the same as in Manuale de Puncetto Valsesiano. I think the Scuola and the Manule pair well, but one or the should get you started.

Avital's review of this book: 
PUNCETTO COLORATO - by the same publisher, with the same high production values, covers colorwork. I find the designs and color combinations very inspiring for all sorts of techniques.  See her full review at: 

Avital's Italian/English glossary for puncetto: 


Brona has posted some diagrams for simple motifs on her blog:


Laurie Waters has collected a lot of information on puncetto for her article on LaceNews, including some how-to videos in other languages.  But seeing the motions might still be useful. 


Avital's online tutorial. The last 2 are animated, demonstrating open squares and square motifs. 

Avital's puncetto album on flickr showing hand positions, where to stick the needle: 


Jeanine just posted this tutorial recently.  It seems very clear. 


Jeanine has just informed us about an English language 1917 book by Theresa Rizzi DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING PUNCETTO LACE, now available as a free download from the Smithsonian Institution


German language.  The first one is really clear.

Here is a Japanese site with clear photos of the first stage, using thick cord.  Maybe it will help you see the starting point. 


Recommendations from Barb G: 

Anchor Manual of Needlework - Chapter 11 is about Puncetto and includes instructions. This book can be found on

Poncetto Lace by Signorina Thersa Rizzi - a 16 page booklet published in 1917 that gives instructions and different patterns.


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Comment by Barbara Bilsky on August 5, 2016 at 11:47am

I know with normal Puncetto to add on more string you do the stitches over the end. With the colors do you do the stitches over the non-used string no matter what, so the string is always with you or is it a matter of like knitting and crocheting where you drop the one color until you need it?

Comment by Avital on August 4, 2016 at 11:35pm

I have an Italian/English glossary on my blog. There's a link above.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on August 4, 2016 at 11:32pm

It's strange - I do well with knotted lace - the open lacey type, but I get in a mess with Puncetto, which is more dense. I liken it to Hollie Point - the design shows up in the holes, - the reverse of other laces!!  I must get back to it and try again -- I hate to be beaten by it!!

I now need to learn Italian, so I can read my Lace books, - I have a few in that language!

Comment by Avital on August 4, 2016 at 11:26pm

It's also a matter of covering the ends when you switch colors. The organization that publishes the Puncetto books has started selling them directly. They're 35 euros, plus another 25 euros shipping, IIRC.

They've also published a 3rd book in the series, L'arte del puncetto. I bought it. It's interesting but I'm not sure I'll make anything because I am not a huge consumer of doilies.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on August 4, 2016 at 11:24pm

I think it is just a matter of switching colours, - and working over the ends to hide them.

I have the book, but have not worked anything from it - yet.  I will check the book tonight, but can't get back to you until Sunday (our time), as I am out all day tomorrow.

Comment by Barbara Bilsky on August 4, 2016 at 9:09pm

I know this is a long shot, but does anyone know how to do Puncetto using multiple colors? I know there's a book about it but it seems that the shop has closed down and I can't find it. Is it just switching off strings to get the next color?

Thank you!

Comment by Blaudioslave on July 21, 2015 at 10:45am

Yes! Thanx! Finally i could finish my first simple work :D
Now i can start to try more complex ones :)
Thanx a million!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 20, 2015 at 10:05pm

Oh good!  I am doing it correctly, then!!!!!!! :)

Comment by Alessandra on July 20, 2015 at 1:31am
Hallo Blaudioslave,
Sorry I didn't understand your question...yes, as Elizabeth says, after the last knot, which in a square should always be on the upper left angle, you make a couple of back and forth stitches, passing the needle on the front and back of your work. Then you can cut the thread. When you will wash your work, then all the fibers will mix and the thread will be perfectly secured. Hope I answered this time, let me know.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 19, 2015 at 9:26pm

I understand , I think, what you are asking.  I have not done much puncetto, but I have done some other knotted lace.

Theoretically (!!)  the last knot should be tight enough, I believe, to hold when the thread is cut off close to the knot.  I know my knots are not that tight!, So I usually try to run my needle and the end thread through a couple of stitches just to anchor it more securely, and then I trim it away closely.

I hope this helps.


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