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

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Latest Activity: Dec 28, 2013

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.


Discussion Forum

Puncetto Books 29 Replies

Hello to All,I would like to thank Lorelie for allowing me to join this group. I am looking forward to getting to know each of you and find out what your interests are.My needle lace passion for now…Continue

Started by Linda. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti Sep 8, 2013.

turkish oya technique 29 Replies

i would like to open this thread for the discussion of turkish oya needle lace techniques. we need a place to share our attempts (failures or successes!), questions, tips and generally a place to…Continue

Tags: knotted, punchetto, bebilla, mediterranean, armenian

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 12, 2013 at 2:18pm


One way to find out would be to do a search on our network, on puncetto thread.

Look for the black bar across the top of the screen.  At its right end is a search slot that only operates on laceioli.  It will give you links to every comment that contained the words "puncetto" and the word "thread".  Your question has probably been asked before. (Although I don't remember the answer.)

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on September 9, 2013 at 9:01pm

Italian postage is horrendous, so also try the Barbara Fay site in Germany,. where they only charge an extra €5, - not about €35 for Italy!!

If the book is not on the B Fay site - write and ask them if they have it. they might get it for you.

I got the 2 Aemilia Ars books there - they had one on the site, but I asked about the other one, and they sent me both of them. the books were the same price as the Italian site, but the postage was So much smaller. It meant I could buy both books rather than only one from Italy.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 5, 2013 at 4:23pm

We do prefer that, in the future, you post a link rather than the whole video.  We want to respect the work of other people and give them credit.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 24, 2013 at 4:40pm


That is beautiful!  Well done!

Please add the photo to our PHOTOS.  Then it will be easier for our members to find it again in the future.

Instructions are here:    in paragraph 4.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on February 23, 2013 at 6:14pm

Wow! That looks fantastic. Well done.

What thread did you use?  I love the colour.

Comment by carmen on February 23, 2013 at 5:22pm

Trabajo de puncetto. cuadrado.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 20, 2013 at 4:55pm

Thanks Betty.

Comment by BETTY J. Cox on January 20, 2013 at 11:20am

Greetings, All! I started searching Italian websites and have come across this blog post containing  twelve (12) Puncetto Patterns (Schemi).


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on December 27, 2012 at 11:05pm

Very many thanks Tina.  That makes sense, and clears it for me.  I just seem to have had a mental Block, but you have explained it well for me.

I am used to thinking a row ahead with other needlelaces, so that is easy!

Yes, I will take your advice, and stay with the white lace for a while, till I get more proficient. The coloured lace looks  so pretty, but I better wait a while before I tackle that!!

Comment by Tina on December 26, 2012 at 4:51pm

Hello Elizabeth, hope I can help you. Sorry if it took me so long, but I have been absent from the site for a while.

Regarding coloured Puncetto: this is actually quite tricky, if you are only just beginning with this technique, you should maybe stick to monochrome work. Anyway, I have noticed that the result of passing the thread along and working over it usually isn't very satisfying, as it will always be visible (at least, with me that's the case). I usually try to avoid it.

Now to the stitches in the holes of the return row. The principle is actually quite simple: the number depends on the square above it: if it is full, the number of stitches is equal to the ones you need to fill the square (let's say a medium 3-count square: 3 stitches) If the square above is open, you can work one or two more stitches, to be sure you cover up the underlying thread. I am not sure wether this was understandable? 


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