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Resources for Reticella

These are some resources for learning reticella/reticello.


Guida al ricamo reticello e merlatto venziano  "A great book with wonderfully clear photros of each stage of the work."


Giuliana Buonpadre: "Gli Andichi  Il Reticello" published in 2005. Jenny says:

Her books only seem to be available through her. Check out her web pages at   Go to the books tab, then right down the bottom she gives info on prices & how to obtain them.


Virginia Bonfiglioli Chiavegato:  Punto in Àere, Antico Merletto ad ago di Bologna.  Publ by  RE Enzo Editrice, 2003. pages: 120.  Language: Italian

Carmelina says: It's totally ilustrated, with patterns from beginners to experts. She gives indications about fix the lace to the fabric. The graphics are big with very clear instructions (if you speak italian, I've been translating them to spanish). The patterns have numeration for the execution. The graphics are done by Sergio Chiavegato and seem engineering work: perfect.  The photos are lovely with precious examples of reticello and punto in àere. I have no doubt that it's a very useful book.


Ricci, Elisa. Old Italian Lace, Vol. 1 part 5 has photos of some reticello samplers with a variety of motifs that could be copied.

Devon says: "look for Ostaus, Parasole and Vinciolo to find scanned copies of 19th century reprints of the original 17th and 16th century pattern books which feature reticello and punto in aria designs of unquestionable authenticity."


Laura Marzorati: Guida al ricamo Reticello e merletto veneziano, and Guida al ricamo Reticello Liberty


Paola Barbieri, Il Reticello interpretato da Paola Barbieri, published by the Associazione Il Punto Antico. You can purchase directly from the Edizioni Il Punto Antico website with PayPal or a credit card. You can request a French or English insert when you order.

There are step-by-step photos, good diagrams, works in progress, 11 different delicious projects, many filling stitches. (Review taken from Italian Needlework website by Jeanine in Canada.)


ONLINE SOURCES FOR PATTERNS:  Look for Dillmont, C.M. Ricci and Hardouin, which have some patterns for simple and complex geometric lace motifs.

Hardouin ALBUM DE DENTELLE DE VENISE.  Part 1 is geometric, part 2 curvilinear

Ricci, Cleofe Mingarelli DISEGNI DI TRAFORI

Novo, Giardineto. Punti Tagliati [Cutwork], Matthio Pagan, 1550 

Dillmont, Thérèse de. Needle-Made Laces; 1st Series, D.M.C, 1900. Part 1 is geometric laces.

(The Needlemade Laces of Reticella"  by  J. and K. Kliot is a reprint of the last item, part 1 of Dillmont's NEEDLE MADE LACES)


WEBSITES AND ONLINE TUTORIALS:  Has 1 relatively simple design for practice near the end.  This one starts with woven fabric.  This one has a different pattern, and is worked in the needle lace manner (fabric is only a temporary scaffold).  A photo of a sampler of fillings made into a pillow.  Enlargements show enough detail that they could be copied easily.


Basic tutorial in Punto Antico (antique cutwork) 


For book reviews in Italian see below.  She has shut down her website and moved to the blog format. 


Silvia has a tutorial on her blog for a simple reticella design worked in the aemilia ars method. There are 5 parts, and here they are sequentially:


For Sylvia's newest reticella tutorial, see

Lefkara Lace Embroidery by Androula Hadjiyiasemi --  Mary Corbett reviews it on her website: 


For Italian names of various kinds of cutwork and drawn thread work, see .  Look under tecnichi.


Ruskin work is one variety of geometric cutwork that is similar to reticella: 

Reticella embroidery, showing the steps in order: 

A great tutorial on how to make the little oval spots, with a very clear diagram    Look near the bottom of the page.


Discussion Forum

Books and online resources 9 Replies

I would like our members to comment on and list books and resources they know of for this form of needlelace - reticella.  When we get enough responses, I'll add it all to the box above.  I think it…Continue

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Elissa Feb 26.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 4, 2014 at 3:41pm


I really like your tutorial on the little oval spots. I have had trouble making those. Your instructions are clear.

Comment by Elissa on March 29, 2014 at 3:59pm

Thanks.  I've tried all the edgings in Lefkara Lace now.  Have yet to post pictures of the last one.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 29, 2014 at 2:50pm

Elissa: a good variety of edge treatments.

Comment by Elissa on March 29, 2014 at 7:47am

I just posted some pictures of the test pieces I've been doing.  Some of it is done in #30 crochet cotton (too large - #40 is better).  The rest is done in #12 perle cotton.  This is my favorite.  It's silkier than crochet cotton so it doesn't tangle and catch as much.  The end product is also softer and more flexible.

Comment by Elissa on February 26, 2014 at 5:07pm

Jenny, I just saw your comment now!  Thanks.  Okay, the book I have which is from Lefkara (where I was also lucky enough to go but only got a short lesson) describes it differently.  I've been making three separate knots stacked from the top down to form a picot.  I will now try what you're talking about.  It sounds like it would be easier to move on to the next stitch.

Lorelei, I'm referring to the resources listed at the top of our group page.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 26, 2014 at 2:31pm

Elissa: which page are you referring to?

Comment by Elissa on February 26, 2014 at 9:26am

I tried the tutorial given on this page for Basic Tutorial in Punto Antico.  It is pretty easy, although not very detailed.  The little fat rolls in the middle are bullion stitch ("vaporetti"). 

Looking at buying one or more books.  They are pretty expensive (the modern Italian ones).  Any thoughts on which should be the most essential/first book?

Comment by Jenny on February 20, 2014 at 9:15pm

Elissa, I am assuming by 'knots' you mean the picots - the little bumps that decorate the bars. In the class that I did, we made an overhand knot, then a second one & teased it to sit next to the first, then one more completely over the the last two to hold them together.

The fact that our teacher had to been to the little village where this work is produced to learn herself, I am assuming it would have been the original way.

There are a number of different ways to make picots with a needle, I guess you do what you are comfortable with & what looks good. This was the first time I had made them this way.

Comment by Elissa on February 20, 2014 at 7:35pm

It's important to remember that the women on Cyprus were taught the technique by Venetian ladies in the late Middle Ages; so even though they developed other motifs, I think their cutting and binding style must very likely be what they originally learned, and thus very authentic for any kind of reticella.  Other opinions?

Comment by Elissa on February 20, 2014 at 7:32pm

Jenny, when you learned to do the knots did you start with one a small distance from the edge, then do two more behind it to get back to the edge?  That's the only way I can get it to work so far, but it seems to be the opposite of the description in the book.  Would really appreciate knowing how you learned it.  :-)


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