Sol laces

Sol laces include Tenerife, Nanduti, and Hvar. These are all made on a base of threads laid as spokes of a wheel. Motifs are often round, but may be hexagonal, square, or sometimes complex shapes.

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Some sources of information

Alexandra Stillwell's book on Tenerife lace is available as a free download (by her gift) from:  When you click on PDF the download will start immediately. 

Stillwell, Alexandra. The Technique of Teneriffe Lace, Charles T. Branford, Watertown, Mass , 1980, 149 pages. Note: with permission from the author. Posted May 20, 2009.File size 11.9MB PDF

There is also a DMC booklet on this form, available from the same online source. Look for Th. de Dillmont, TENERIFE

A new Japanese language book on Nanduti. Pages appear to be photos of individual motifs. So the lace maker follows what the picture shows. No verbal text. NANDUTI PARAGUAYAN EMBROIDERED LACE--JAPANESE CRAFT BOOK SP4

A set of patterns/templates by one of our members: 

How to make a tenerife cusion: 

Also see:
My website has one page with a few photos:

A video showing how the work is done: 

Our album of photos: 

Other out-of-copyright books available on the internet from 



Photos of various sol laces and sol lace templates -   

Discussion Forum

Update on discussion of what people like to use as a base to make Teneriffe Lace 9 Replies

hello group membersI am new to Teneriffe Lace and am trying to find an affordable, reusable and comfortable form on which to make Teneriffe Lace. Would you be willing to offer a brief description of…Continue

Tags: Lace, Teneriffe

Started by Jess. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Aug 5.

Tenerife Lace tamplates

Dear Ladies,I have done some sol lace many years ago but wasn't taken with it.I do want to try and do it again. Could you tell me, please, whether you make your own templates for you pins or did you…Continue

Started by Miriam Gidron Jul 8, 2017.

Connecting pieces? 1 Reply

Hello all.I've been making those little medallions using the instruction from recommended books. However, I couldn't figure out how to connect them together. Continue

Started by Jaarlee. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Nov 24, 2014.

Learning Teneriffe Lace using The Technique of Teneriffe Lace by Alexandra Stillwell 20 Replies

I am thinking that it would be fun to learn this lace using the above free book.  I am going to start with the design on page 37, DMC thread size 20, and the Teneriffe Wheel - Circle from Snowgoose. …Continue

Tags: Teneriffe

Started by Linda Dumas. Last reply by Linda Dumas Apr 5, 2013.

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Comment by Sarah Bradberry on January 20, 2013 at 4:23pm

Whoops, a link to the website with the templates would have been handy :P

Comment by Sarah Bradberry on January 20, 2013 at 4:22pm

The Koppo cushion picture on Flickr is mine :) They're a really lovely cushion to use, but as they're 60 years old they can be difficult to find. 

The method I learnt was to print a template like the ones at the bottom of this page and stick it to some cardboard. Then push pins in at the dots and after you've wound the threads push them all the way down. You need to put a cushion underneath so you don;t stab yourself with the pins. 

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 20, 2013 at 4:12pm

Sunela asked a question about different kinds of templates.  I searched for some images of different kinds:

 I am not an expert on teneriffe (although I have tried it).  My understanding is that you don't need any particular kind of template.  You can make one out of many different kinds of materialsplastic, cardboard,wood, plastic canvass.   more   another     again   look      

The Paraguayan version is worked on cloth, and then the cloth is cut off when the work is done.  You can also use a relatively flat bobbin lace pillow, or something similar, using pins to wrap the spokes around.  In this one, the sticking-up-pins might drive you nuts as you work, with the thread catching on the pins all the time.

If you use the plastic canvass, first overcast the edge with some strong, fairly thick waste thread.  Your spokes will be taken around the overcasting.  And the overcasting thread will be cut when you are finished, freeing the lace.  This photo shows a similar situation.  The orange thread is the overcasting thread.  look here     and here    again    

Has anyone used any of these methods?  Or perhaps more than one?  What are the advantages and disadvantages of each one.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 20, 2013 at 3:51pm

Sol lace handkerchief edgings are rare, in fact, this is the only example I have seen: 

Comment by Amber Lackey on January 17, 2013 at 7:01pm

I am trying to do  this in Teneriffe believe it or not. We will see if it works.

Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa on January 16, 2013 at 7:13am


Let me know in what kind of lace you are making this adventure.You are so criative.


My little one is ready. I will post a photo. I make a study of a needle lace stitcht to join the modulus.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on January 15, 2013 at 8:21pm

Wow! That is a large piece to work on. Well Done. You are very adventurous!!!

I look forward to seeing a photo of the finished piece.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 15, 2013 at 5:38pm

Amber:   I look forward to pictures!!

Comment by Amber Lackey on January 15, 2013 at 4:59pm

I am presently working on a large piece that I will shape into a hat when done. This is for my sister-in-law and I need to have it done and shaped by April.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on January 15, 2013 at 4:01pm

That is a very good idea for how to arrange all the little pieces while you sew them together.  When it is all finished, I hope we will have more photos.


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