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

Tags: knotted, punchetto, bebilla, mediterranean, armenian

Started by jessica. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Dec 9, 2012.

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Comment by Desiree Sevigny on May 26, 2010 at 11:52am
Hi, you are most welcome to the info that I gave/giving Rochelle. I didn't know that people would be so interested in it. Maybe we should start a group, but I have no clue as to how to do that. My advice to you guys is start small and relatively easy, so you don't get fustrated.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 25, 2010 at 10:52pm
I have just looked at your page, Desiree, and also the web sites showing Croatian lace. Very interesting. I love the look of that lace.

If you are giving out patterns and some "How to" information please may I be on your list, along with Rochelle.

This is wonderful - learning about hither-to unheard of laces!
Lorelei you have certainly opened a "Pandoras Box'" with this Ning site!!!!!!!!
Comment by Desiree Sevigny on May 25, 2010 at 4:22pm
I forgot to tell you that the needle goes under the cord going threw, not over like the basic buttonhole stitch
Comment by Desiree Sevigny on May 25, 2010 at 3:56pm
I don't know how to poste a picture here, so I will put it on my page.
Comment by Desiree Sevigny on May 25, 2010 at 3:55pm
Hi I have been reading what you guys have wrote about Puncetto and Oya. I am not an expert, but I used to do it with my grandmother as a child. I don't remember everything and I can't ask my grandmother because cancer took her from me. I do remember the basics though. It is not the same as oya. You can do it with 1 or two needles(for some things 2 needles is easier. Its a type of buttonhole stitch but done differently. The spacing between the stitches determines the outlook. If you space it out alittle, you will get a kind of netted mesh. If you do it very close it turns out like your logo. It is kind of a little stretchy when done. You never turn your work over. The stitch is done one way from left to right and done another way for right to left. If you are just starting, anchor your first row of stitches to scrap cloth(it will be easier), make sure you leave enough cord to finish off you base row when your complete the piece of lace. I will poste a picture to show the proper stitch and a scrap example of the different spacing. If your wondering how come I know this stuff, my birth name is Desiderata (I use Desiree here in Montreal, because people had problems pronoucing, its the same name but in French.) My Grandmother was Romanian Gypsy(Roma,Tsigani), My grandfather was Italian.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 23, 2010 at 9:01pm
At the moment, Yes, Lorelei. I am a bit busy at the present time (trying to beat the clock again/still!!!) but I will do more research, and see what I can find. out. I must get my Puncetto instructions out, and have another go - now I am more familiar with knotted lace.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on May 23, 2010 at 4:33pm
What I hear you saying is that the difference is in style and whether stitches are worked densely or spaced out, not a difference in the stitches.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 22, 2010 at 9:41pm
The Armenian, or Eastern Mediterranian lace that I am making at the moment has the knotted stitch, but loops betweenj the stitches (see the knotted lace mat I put in the photos section a few days ago.
Puncetto has a similar stitch, but it is worked very close to the next stitch, except where holes are needed, and then it is a very big loop and a space before the next sitiches. I have a feeling the knot is more or less the same, it is just in working the stitches, close togethr or with loops between, that makes up the main difference. -- although---
the Armenian lace is always worked Only left to right, but Puncetto is worked l - r, and back again - right to left.
I am no expert, though - just a very interested beginner!!!
Comment by Lorelei Halley on May 21, 2010 at 6:30pm
I'm a kind of obsessive person. Confusion drives me absolutely crazy. And the question of the difference between oya/bebilla and puncetto has been driving me crazy. So I went and looked at my books last night and copied the diagrams I found, using pen and ink and working freehand (so I haven't stolen somebody's diagram, I've re-created it.)
DMC Encyclopedia shows 2 "Arab" lace stitches (which I assume means oya/bebilla). Below is Arab single.

Below is Arab double.

Jill Nordfors in the book mentioned below has a diagram for what she calls the "Valesian" stitch (puncetto).

Nordfors shows the puncetto stitch worked top down (needle pointing towards oneself). DMC shows oya stitch worked bottom up (needle pointing away from oneself), but also shows it worked top down.

And, indeed, the single oya/Arab does seem to be identical to the puncetto/Valesian.
So, then, what is the difference between oya/bebilla/Arab lace and puncetto?
Comment by Linda Mitchell on May 21, 2010 at 11:08am
Thank you so much for the information. However, I think Puncetto is worked with one needle, as if you were sewing. I will continue to research this and let you know what I find.

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