For all our members who want to advance in reticello needlelace. Learn reticello needle lace. Learn reticella needlelace. Point coupe, punto tagliato.  We include embroidered reticella AND needle lace reticella.

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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.)


This  is a step by step beginners guide to a Reticella type lace  but worked within fabric after the cut out squares are stitched around.  Her photographs and diagrams of each step are very clear, and she takes  Small steps so the complete novice can understand what is what!   It progresses with clear instructions on how to cut away and make the grid, to step by step instructions on how to fill the grid with a variety of motifs.


There are 15 motifs shown, and corners and an edge,  and at the end of the book are some patterns for more complex designs. Her samples show multiple motifs arranged within the same piece to make a variety of patterns. Includes instructions for Left-handed workers too.


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: ;     "Promoting the craft of historically designed needle lace."

Has 1 relatively simple design for practice near the end.  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.  This one has clear instructions about how to prepare the openwork squares. 


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 11 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 Lorelei Halley Aug 17, 2017.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 19, 2015 at 9:34pm

I had another thought - There is a photo of the cover - in the Photos section, and I made a comment about the book there!!! OK, Lorelei, I will rewrite the review similar to the one I sent to the Guild of NL, magazine. 

Perhaps it can also go in to the book reviews on Lace IOLI, as there is a needlelace section there, too, - and you do ask for book reviews there, too!!!

Are you going to make a separate section for book reviews here, too?

Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 19, 2015 at 6:39pm


I used the search function on needlelacetalk, using the words "Margaret Stephens book" to try and find your book review. It gave me 3 mentions, one being your note below. But no book review. I also checked laceioli, in case you forgot where you were. But nothing. Please try again. We would love to see your review.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 18, 2015 at 11:25pm

I thought I sent a book review on Margaret Stephen's new book "A Guide to Embroidered Laces", but I can't see it anywhere. Did I send it, - or am I dreaming?

It is a step by step guide to working Reticella lace within fabric - but as it is in English it is a great help to those of us who do not speak or read Italian!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 4, 2015 at 9:47pm

Lovely, Jenny. Well done.

I too, can't count accurately. I put in basting stitches with hardanger, - and even got them wrong!!  Haw can it That hard to count to 4 then stick the needle in, (or pull it out, whichever.)?!

Anyway a friend and I went shopping yesterday to the fabric and craft store - and I bought a piece of 32 count Belfast linen to work some "Embroidered lace" (reticella) from Marg. Stephen's book.  I have to finish my current needlelace piece first, but I now have the fabric ready to go  whenever the time comes!!!!! I have threads to use - I think, -- Hmm! that might be another excuse to go back to that store...!!!!!!! :)

Comment by Jenny on March 4, 2015 at 4:11pm

Lorelei I use basting lines too. I used to only put them around the edge ( which was how I was taught) but after I stuffed up that piece I placed them across the piece as well at every repeat of pattern. The top pic below is the piece I stuffed up, while the bottom piece is the final finished piece. I ended up making it much bigger.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 4, 2015 at 3:43pm

I put in basting lines to help me count. Otherwise 20 is about as high as I can go without getting confused!  Basting takes time, but it saves frustration.

Comment by Jean Bowen on March 4, 2015 at 9:13am

I can sympathize with Jenny about 'counting', it is so easy to make a mistake, after years of Hardangar, I too count and count! I think this is one of the things that puts people off drawn thread work, is that you must count your threads at all stages!!

Comment by Allison Bourne on March 3, 2015 at 1:23pm

I've been using 36ct linen for most of my work.  I have just purchased a couple of yards of 40ct Newcastle linen for placemats.  I did pick up a piece of Sotema 20L  from an Australian supplier.  It is a  38ct Italian linen.  Haven't worked with it yet but I'm looking forward to.

I have a tendency to work on 36ct and above as I like the hand of the fabric and the results. 

Comment by Jenny on March 3, 2015 at 12:03am

I have used from 28 count to 36 count. The 36 count gave me problems on trying to find a thread I liked to use. At the time, a lady told me to cut so many threads & leave so many, but this formula didn't work on the fabric I was using as it made the structure weak. I wanted the structure strong before I even started on the fills. That meant leaving more threads in the bars to needle weave over.

I agree with Lorelei, experiment on something cheaper but the same thread count to make sure you are getting what you want, then double check with a small sample on the fabric that you do want to use. Remember to count, count, count, and count some more. I stuffed up a piece because at the last minute I changed the design slightly & didn't check the count. End result was that my lovely reticella border that I had designed did not fit in the space!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 2, 2015 at 4:26pm


I think reticello is like Hardanger, in that you can use any evenweave material. Blends of synthetics and cotton, or synthetics and linen are probably cheaper than pure linen. If it were me I would start with a cheaper fabric until I had learned the basics, and then I would move on to really good linen. I think thread count is a matter of your eyesight.  But I am certainly not an expert on reticello. I would like to hear from others, too.


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