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 Desiree Sevigny on June 9, 2010 at 8:42pm
I just put some new pictures on my page. One of them is from an English magazine from 1966(A/B/C/D are all steps/stitches with ilustrations of Puncetto. Let me know if it helps.
Comment by Barbara Bilsky on June 9, 2010 at 8:25pm
Desiree - Yes I did see your pic for needle position and it did help. I'm just still confused. The stitches I'm doing remind me of crocheting except you're pulling the thread through the loop. Does that make sense? And it does look easy. It's like tatting, it looks complicated and hard to do but when you sit down and actually look at all that's is needed it's very simple, but makes beautiful pieces.

Lorelei - I did see your comment, unfortunately I don't speak Italian...

Thank you for your help!
Comment by Naomi Rogers on June 9, 2010 at 6:51pm
I just purchased the bookon Puncetto that you mentioned Lorelei from the Italian site. She was very quick in replying.
Comment by Desiree Sevigny on June 9, 2010 at 6:39pm
Hi Barbara, you don't have to use fabric to start it, but its easier to get used to what your correct tension needs to be. If you don't have the right tension your work won't be straight. Did you check my page for the needle possition? You never turn your work, you just change the direction of the thread placement to work in the opposite direction. I will be putting a new puncetto pic of a stitch sampler I've been working on so it will give you an idea of what I mean. If you still don't get it, I can try to do a sketch of how to do stitches and rows for you guys later this week or juring weekend. Its not hard once you get the basic stitch and get used to working forward/back/up/down sometimes in the same row.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 9, 2010 at 6:26pm
Here is a link to a source for Italian language books on puncetto. I got the link from another network I belong to, stitchinfingers.
The woman who posted it says the site owner speaks English.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 9, 2010 at 6:16pm
Barbara: there is a book mentionned in my post here of June 5 & comments about the book by someone who recently purchased it. So far that is the closest we have come to instructions.
Comment by Barbara Bilsky on June 9, 2010 at 6:07pm
Hello all.
I've been reading the comments on how to do Puncetto and I'm still confused, especially with how to start it. Do you have to use fabric to start it? And how do you go on to the next row?

Sorry for all the questions, I just really want to figure out how to do this. It's so beautiful.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 9, 2010 at 5:09pm
I though it looked familiar.
Comment by Desiree Sevigny on June 9, 2010 at 10:33am
Hi Lorelei and Elizabeth, I checked out the textile blog spot you posted link to and found that it is the exact same video that is on youtube. Pag consist at least 80-90% buttonhole, sometimes there is weaving like in halas also.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 9, 2010 at 1:29am
I have the impression that Pag lace is not actually a knotted lace. In the video it looks to me as if she is working a normal buttonhole stitch, but is using the "point the needle away from you" method. Am I missing something?

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