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 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.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 19, 2015 at 6:49pm


I do not do puncetto myself. We have several members who have tried it, but only a few who have had a lot of experience. Possibly the photos our members have posted might help (if no one else answers your question). This link below shows all the photos of puncetto on our site. Click on each picture then click on SHOW FULL SIZE (below the image on the right) to see all the detail. That may tell you enough. Some seem to have used the same stitch that makes the dense areas, working several rows. Some have added looped bars to the edge.

Comment by Blaudioslave on July 19, 2015 at 4:54pm

hm i'm still looking for some help.
I'm not sure if i explained my trouble right. .. I'm looking for the way, how to finish my work. How is the very last knot like, before i cut off the thread?
I'm pretty much confused.

Comment by Blaudioslave on July 11, 2015 at 6:06am

Hello Alessandra,
thanx for the fast answer and the nice welcoming words! :)

Yes, i don't need to put the work into a fabric, but i don't really know what you mean with "little holes" or/and "little knots".

Maybe my question was also not so much clear.

I'm looking for the technic of the very last knot or stitch, or what else i need to do before i cut off the thread.
(i'm afraid, if i just cut it off, right next to the last knot, the knot will reopen itself again, by the time)

Any help appreciated :)

Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 9, 2015 at 7:03pm

Alessandra - thanks, good photos.

Comment by Alessandra on July 8, 2015 at 6:13pm



Hallo Blaudioslave,

if you intend to insert your work in some fabric, then you finish like the attached picture 01 (only one line of "little holes" -> "buchi piccoli" is the translation), then you fix it on the fabric, cut the exceeding fabric underneath the square and sew it.

If you don't need to insert the square in some fabric, then it's nice to do the line of "little holes", and then go back closing the work with te little knots you see in picture 2.

Hope it's clear, it's not so easy to explain puncetto without showing it...

pls let me know if you need further info, I'm glad that puncetto is appreciated all over the world!



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