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.


Discussion Forum

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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

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Comment by Alessandra on January 2, 2018 at 3:07am

Yes, itis Puncetto Colorato, typical of the Fobello Valley.

Here's some examples of similar patterns (in white) I found among my drawings/pictures collection.

The last one is the drawing reproduction of the MET pattern. I would use the "procedimento misto" to make it.


Comment by Avital on January 2, 2018 at 12:47am

It's definitely Puncetto. If you check the book, Manuale del Puncetto Colorato, you'll see that even the colors are the same. The diamonds are the most common pattern for colored puncetto. Judging by its size and the signs of wear, I would say it was originally the decorative panel stitched vertically, on the front of a woman's blouse.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 1, 2018 at 4:14pm


OK about posting the photo. and thanks for the information.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 1, 2018 at 4:13pm

Here is the direct link to that image. It drives me nuts. We can't see enough detail to be sure what technique was used. It does look like puncetto. Why can't museums take better photos????? Argh!!! 

Comment by Linda Moore on December 31, 2017 at 10:06pm

Carolyn,  thanks for the link to tne Met lace/possibly Puncetto.   I'll cneck it put and let you know. 

I have been searching their lace collection and have found 

3 examples of Oya.  The ref. Numbers are as follows:




Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on December 31, 2017 at 9:29pm

Lorelei, the Met Museum has released many of their lace images as CC0 1.0, Public Domain, so they can be posted here if the accession listing says "Public Domain"

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on December 31, 2017 at 9:13pm

Linda, did you see accession number 08.180.618 in the Met collection? It's 19th century, in multicolors, but I can't tell for sure if it is puncetto. What do you think?

Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 27, 2017 at 6:07pm

It is allowable to post links to a specific lace. Coping the photo itself is not right. But posting a link to the photo is OK. I would love to see. And thank you for your efforts.


Comment by Linda Moore on November 27, 2017 at 4:08pm
Lorelei, I will post a review of the book during this week. After your comment I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art website. I searched for Punto Avorio and found the lace that is pictured in the book. I also found pictures of two examples of old puncetto lace strips. Very interesting.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 22, 2017 at 4:14pm


Unfortunately, we should not post photos from such a book here. As I understand it the cutoff date is 1923. But your information about the books is useful and welcome. Perhaps you can tell us what other goodies are in the book.


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