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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Comment by Linda Moore on November 21, 2017 at 9:29pm
I have recently discovered an incredible photo of a seventeenth century Italian punto Avorio lace, credited to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

The book is HANDMADE LACE & PATTERNS by.Annette Feldman. Copyright 1975. The photo is on page 62.
The book is over 40 years old. Is it possible to post a photo on this site?
Comment by Linda Moore on July 27, 2017 at 4:56pm

Hello Alessandra  Thank you for contacting me.  I was beginning to think that Puncetto Group was not active.  I have been studying the Puncetto technique from examples on the internet For about 4 years.  There is still much I have to learn I think.  Yes, I draw the design first.  I have so far designed more that 50 puncetto laces.  I will try to post photos of some of the pieces I have completed.

Comment by Alessandra on July 27, 2017 at 4:27pm
Hi Linda, I am a puncetto maker. I've been practicing it since 2005, I live close to the valley where it was born, and took classes for many years. I like the one that you have in your profile picture, it is quite complex and neat. Did you draw it before starting? I prefer always to draw, it gives me a better idea of the knots (you can see a couple of examples in the pictures section).
Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 27, 2017 at 3:00pm

Give it a few days. The IOLI annual convention just ended. Or try contacting some of the members who have posted photos of their puncetto. 

Comment by Linda Moore on July 26, 2017 at 10:16pm

Where are all the puncetto members?  

Comment by Linda Moore on July 25, 2017 at 9:58pm
Is anyone active in the Puncetto group?
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.


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