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

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

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 13, 2014 at 1:11pm

How puncetto was used in traditional peasant clothing from the Valsesia region:

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 7, 2014 at 11:51pm

Cat's Paw certainly sounds nicer than Death's Head!!!!!!!  :)

Comment by Avital on July 7, 2014 at 11:23pm

I'm glad you found the translation list helpful. Elana, the woman who used to sell the Puncetto books, helped me with some of the more obscure terms. Alessandra D, someone who found my blog and wrote to me, contributed a couple more. She told me that these days the "Death Head" motif tends to be called "Cat's Paw" because it sounds nicer. :-)

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 7, 2014 at 9:43pm

Thank you Avital.

I eventually worked out why the diagrams in the Puncetto book had different number of ticks to squares - when,working the return row (right to left). In an open square that is going to have a block over it, there is one less stitch. This allows the correct number of stitches to sit in the proper place. when I worked the same number of stitches all along the row, - on the next row (left to right) there were too many stitches in the block.  I see your diagram shows not working that stitch above the column, - but that made my block sit out of line. 

After studying the tiny photos in the book under the magnifier, and puzzling for a while, - the penny dropped as to why the ticks in the drawings were different for some squares!!  I am a bit slow on the uptake these days (Galloping Old Age)

Anyway, I started the square again, and it is, hopefully, looking a bit better!!

Working a different, "new" lace is quite a challenge - but fun!! I haven't tried the diagonals, yet, but I will remember your advice.

I am so grateful,  too, for the translation list you put up on your site.  It is a great help.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 7, 2014 at 1:19am


Nice to hear from you.

Comment by Avital on July 7, 2014 at 12:13am

Actually, the knot is a little different from Oya. The Oya knot has the thread going in a figure-8 path. Puncetto is more like a blanket stitch with an extra wrap.

I wear multifocals, too, and I swear by the Mageyes. I've used them since I used to knit miniatures. They are in front of your glasses, but not as close as clip-ons (for some reason, the distance seems to be an advantage) and you can push them up out of the way when you need to drink a cup of tea. Also, because they magnify the area in around my hands, I don't need to move them when I look at the chart with normal glasses. I couldn't do that with clip-ons because they cover the whole surface of the glasses lens.

Coloured puncetto is interesting but very fiddly. It also tends to get really bumpy because you're hiding so many thread ends under the stitches.

I posted some tips for working puncetto. One of the most important ones is #1, about thread stretching on the diagonals. Try to make those diagonal threads shorter than you think they need to be because the thread, even if it's not inherently elastic, will lengthen a tiny bit as the knots tighten.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 6, 2014 at 9:02pm

I haven't tried Mageyes, but I have clip on magnifiers, but don't get on very well with them. My specs are Multi-focals. I suppose I should persevere. It may be just that I don't try using them too often!  I have a big magnifier with a small light within it (I use a sewing machine globe, and that is enough extra light, and does not get too hot on my hand).

I got on OK last night, after reading though your instructions, and applying them to the diagrams in the book. I suppose being written in English helped!! Your diagrams are so nice and clear, and I could then understand the 3 knots = 2 loops/stitches. and apply that to the book diagrams.  I have been doing a lot of the East. Med knotted lace - Oya type, and a bit of Bebilla, and that is quite different and more open, though the knot is the same!  I am working with some 20 Crochet cotton - feels like rope, after using finer threads!!  But I am determined to get this type of knotted lace working. I love the multicoloured samples in the other book, - but need to be confident in one coloured work, before I tackle anything from the other book!  I am enjoying it, - so that is the main thing! (Not much point in doing it otherwise!)

Comment by Avital on July 5, 2014 at 11:09pm

I use Mageyes when I'm doing cross-stitch on 36-count fabric. They might help you.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 5, 2014 at 10:35pm

Thank you Avital and Brona for your clear diagrams for stitches and techniques in this lace.  I got out the book, last evening, to try another piece, and these diagrams of yours are a great help to getting started, again. diagrams are easier to comprehend than a foreign language, and the photos in the Puncetto book!  I feel I can get started again, with some sort of success now!  I just have to sort out a thicker thread so I can see it without the big magnifier, so I can take the work out and about with me!! I have some 20 crochet cotton, I must look to see if I have some 30.  I found Lizbeth 40 a bit hard to see, but maybe because it was coloured, now white.. I must experiment!  I have been doing Oya type, which is easy to see, bhut Puncetto, with the stitches close together is a bit harder!!

(getting Old is not much fun - better than the alternative, - but only just, some days!!)

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.)


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