Sol laces - Soles

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: 

ELIZABETH HORTA CORREA has several online sites: She says

At presente my two blogs, nhanduti.blogspot and rendatenerife.blogspot can be acessed at same adress :

At same adress is also  Teneriffe Lace Virtual Museum and my two facebook NHANDUTI DE ATIBAIA and ELIZABETH HORTA CORREA. And the Pinterest "ELIZABETH CORREA - Renda Sol, Sol lace, Soles, Renda Tenerife"

And at Youtube NHANDUTI DE ATIBAIA there are 3 step-by-step videos.

Also see:

Croatian sol lace of Hvar
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, 2019.

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 August 3, 2020 at 10:59pm

I make my own using paper and sticky plastic, on big pin cushions that I made for the purpose. I made a tutorial on how I make both.

Comment by Patty Foley on August 3, 2020 at 10:53pm

thank you Loretta Holzberger  and Jenny for your insights!  

Comment by Patty Foley on August 3, 2020 at 10:51pm

the picture below --- my first piece of teneriffe lace... this is a kit I purchased.

Comment by Patty Foley on August 3, 2020 at 10:49pm

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on August 3, 2020 at 7:19pm

Here are photos of 3 working projects.  I have worked with the pattern pinned to a cushion, but hate it, because my working thread keeps getting tangled around the pin heads.  The solid plastic wheel with the edge whipped to give me something to lay the circular warp into has the disadvantage of being difficult to work the needle when doing the weaving, so I like my 3 layers, paper, clear contact paper, and thick interfacing best.   

Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 3, 2020 at 5:26pm

Jenny - You are very organized !! Thanks for the ideas. Where are pictures of these laces !!!

Loretta - good ideas. I will have to try that.

Comment by Jenny on August 3, 2020 at 3:29pm

Patty, I now make my own too. I use two layers of hard plastic ( template plastic from quilting stores) or two layers of heavy card will work too, with a layer of pellon in between. All is covered in a layer of plain cotton fabric just gathered at the back like a Suffolk Puff. The layer of pellon in between gives me something to put the support pins In . I make the pad to the exact size and shape I want. 

So far I have only used circles and square shapes, though lately I have seen rectangles, leaf shapes, petal shapes etc, so we can make whatever shape our heart desires. 

For my guide, I use graph paper, both square and polar graph. I have also made my own on a drawing program to get exactly what I want. Each design will have a different number of ‘spokes’ so I can design my graph to suit. The graph is then covered in contact and attached to my ‘pad’ with double sided tape. The pins go in around the sides of my pad, and from there I am off and running. 

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on August 3, 2020 at 3:11pm

I inherited a couple of solid plastic-like circle forms that I have used.  They have a series of small holes around the outside edge, but I much prefer making my own.  I draw or print a circle on light colored paper and add marks around the edge for the number of spokes I want on my circle, plus one in the very center.  If I plan to use it many times, I will add a piece of clear contact paper on top.  I back it with a piece of very thick Pellon that people use to make those fabric bowls and the like. This really stabilizes the working pattern better than a few layers of fabric.  I run a back stitch around the edge, coming up and down at the dividing marks, and the pattern is ready to use.  The reason I like the paper/contact paper/ Pellon pattern is that it is flexible, making it much easier to weave a needle through the spokes than a hard surface form.  

Comment by Patty Foley on August 3, 2020 at 9:00am

Where does one find the forms for making this lace?

Comment by Jenny on June 22, 2020 at 5:14pm

Thank you Elizabeth. What a great turn up you had. It was a little late for me and I was sorry I missed it. I watched the video on my TV to get a bigger screen. 


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