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 Elizabeth Ligeti. on January 3, 2018 at 8:42pm

That is a very pretty square. Very well done. 

I, too, am impressed at how quickly you have both designed, and then made that piece.

I wish my Puncetto looked that good!!!!!!! 

I have the book on the coloured Puncetto.  Now all I have to do is learn Italian, so I can read all my Italian Lace books!!! I have quite a few - Various Needlelaces, Puncetto, and Venetian History of lace, etc!!)

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 3, 2018 at 3:45pm

I agree.

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on January 3, 2018 at 10:06am

Alessandra, your piece is beautiful! I am impressed that you can just look at the poor-quality picture from the museum, and both draw the pattern and make the lace so well. You are very inspiring!

Comment by Alessandra on January 3, 2018 at 9:55am

Here's the piece realized. 

I used DMC Retors d'Alsace n. 12.

It can definitely be improved, the upper right part has some missing stitches, and the upper central vertical leg should be purple, not white. P_20180103_161626.jpg

Comment by Alessandra on January 2, 2018 at 10:18am

I searched a bit on the Internet and in a book I have. The stripe (called Ligam in dialect) has a decorative function, and changes color depending on the village the woman belongs to. If it's blue/purple is a mourning stripe.

It can be used to secure the wooden baby cot (you can find the picture of a woman carrying one on her head, going to the Baptism of the baby).

The basket you talk about is called Gerla, and is secured by two rope stripes.

Carolyn, yes, after ages practising I find it easy to draw patterns from the fabric piece. The pattern is not common at present, it's quite old (nine spider legs, the inner "autin"). Modern patterns are usually easier.

It's amazing how Puncetto is spread worldwide. I could never imagine to find some pieces are stored in the MET!!!

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on January 2, 2018 at 9:15am

Thank you for clarifying the colorful Met piece - Next time I go there to view lace I will request to see it, and get a better photo than what they have posted.

Alessandra, did you just draw the pattern for the Met piece now, or did you already have it in your collection? Or is it a really common traditional pattern? Just curious.

Avital, I wonder if the under-arm straps are to help support the load of the baskets that they are shown carrying in one of the pictures on the Fobello website. It could function like the sternum strap on modern backpacks, assuming there are also other support straps on the shoulders.

Comment by Avital on January 2, 2018 at 3:43am

The actual embroidery over the smocking pleats is very clever. It's blocks of coloured satin stitch that repeat the pattern of the Puncetto inset. You can also see vertical panels of floral embroidery on either side of the Puncetto panel.

It's interesting that they tie a striped sash over the breasts, just under the armpits. I'm not sure how comfortable that would be. A lot of cultures (like ancient Roman patrician dress) tied a sash just under the breasts, which provides support, but a sash above the breasts would be mainly decorative, I think.

Comment by Alessandra on January 2, 2018 at 3:21am

Here's the link to a page that shows the Fobello costume. As Avital says, the Puncetto stripe is inserted vertically in the blouse. The horizontal pattern that looks like Puncetto is stitched in Punto Smock, following exactly the same pattern/color of the Puncetto stripe.

Comment by Alessandra on January 2, 2018 at 3:08am
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