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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 Jean Bowen on March 2, 2015 at 8:42am

What is suggested for the best thread count for reticello, I have been using 28ct Linen, but  this is very expensive, has anyone any suggestions?

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on January 29, 2015 at 9:14pm

OOps, Sorry Margaret, I see I spelled you surname wrongly.  I used a v instead of a ph! 


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on January 29, 2015 at 9:13pm

Well, I received my copy of embroidered laces by Margaret Stevens, today. Simply Marvellous!  She had very clear diagrams of ever step - every Little step, and does Not presume you know what to do next. Her photos of each step as she works the samples are very clear, - Much better than some books show. Anyone interested in this type of lace, should get a copy, as it will be a big help. '

She has small simple motifs which can be put together later on, when you get more proficient, and then at the end of the book are some more complex patterns that you should be able to work, if you start at the beginning of the book!

A "Must have " book for anyone interested in this type of lace.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 16, 2014 at 3:50pm
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on October 8, 2014 at 7:57pm

Thanks Margaret. I have some Butterfly thread, but I thought it felt 'rough" and wouldn't slip though the stitches.  

OK,. I will try it.  I have a couple of colours, gold and silver, - and a strange black and gold - not sure how that will look, though!  I think Josco Lace supplies stocks it.

Comment by Jenny on October 8, 2014 at 5:05am
Thanks Margaret. I'll keep my eyes open for it.
Comment by Margaret Stephens on October 8, 2014 at 4:44am


Au Papillon ( Butterfly thread) is excellent for Needlelace. It comes in Gold, silver and my favourite is black/gold which gives an antique look. There is also a bronze colour .I have been using it for a few years now and just love it. Let me know if you can't get it anywhere.

 And .....DMC 12 for the bars, fillings and 4 sided stitch. DMC 8 only for the satin stitch.

I am self publishing and so the book will be available through me at the start and then probably through one of the book suppliers.

Jenny, I am hoping it will be ready for Summer School.

Comment by Jenny on October 8, 2014 at 1:10am

Waving hello to you Margaret! I too look forward to your book! Hoping it will be available at Guild HQ & I can get a signed copy!

I just checked out your cruise piece & love the coloured work! Alas I cannot join you on this cruise, I am cruising next week a little  further north & am am not sure the budget will stretch to a second one so soon after. I am sure you will have fun & I know all the lucky participants will love you. Hoping you get some time out to explore all that cruising has to offer.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on October 7, 2014 at 10:16pm

Please let us know when your book is out and available, Margaret.  I want a copy!!!! As will Many others, I am sure.  I look forward to hearing about it.

I also look forward to hearing about the cruise.  I would love to be in your class for that, too, but I can only wish...!!!!

I must remember that - Perle 12 for the bars etc, and Perle 8 for the other fillings.

I really want to have a go at this sort of work, but something else more urgent gets in the way (At the moment a piece for the Australian Lace Guild's Triennial Awards next year!)

While I am here - Margaret - is there a gold thread that works in a needle?  Most shred after a few stitches, although DMC Mouline lasted a bit longer!

Comment by Margaret Stephens on October 7, 2014 at 6:21am

Hello everyone,

I have been teaching many workshops in Reticella for the Embroiderers' Guild and people have kept coming back and no one has made any mistakes or anything they weren't happy with. I have also been to Italy twice to learn but I changed my method of working the framework. Please remember that many of  the Italian ladies have been doing Reticella for 20 -50 years and are superb at what they do and we can't hope to be as competent as they are.

I always use Belfast 32 count linen (which is 32 threads to the inch or 12 threads to the cm.) I have used DMC No. 12 Perle which is easy to purchase and very forgiving. Examples of my Reticella may be seen on the website of Needlework Tours and Cruises which is on a Royal Caribbean leaving Freemantle April 1 2015 to Singapore. I am giving 2 workshops in Reticella. 

I am publishing a book which will be out in the next few months. It is called "A Guide to Embroidered Lace" but it is on Reticella.  Reticella is classified as an embroidered lace..

In the Italian books they use "embroidery cotton" or "cotone da ricamo" This is Coton a Broder and no.30 and 35 is used. 35 is finer and used for the bars and fillings. I know .......I was there and have used both these threads but prefer DMC 12 for the 4 sided stitch, needlewoven bars and fillings. I use No.8 for the satin stitch.

Keep at it!!


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