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:
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 Elizabeth Horta Correa on February 22, 2011 at 4:33am

But we have to pay attention that in the handicraft catalog I put in my site (  Brazilian Point Lace, as it is called there, is made in Mexico... I think that  sun lace was really famous in early 1900. Someone have to wrote this history

Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 21, 2011 at 11:16pm
I personally don't really know anything about Mexican sol laces, but I have seen several old booklets available online which mention these laces.  And several that I've seen photos which show beautiful bird motfis woven into the drawn thread borders.  I don't know if those bird motifs are found only in the Mexican variety of sol laces, but I haven't seen them as prominent parts of other nations' work.  Let me see if i can find some photos and post links.
Comment by Carmelina Andrade on February 21, 2011 at 9:01pm

Hi all.

Mexican lace? Unfortunately I do not know any native of my land. Most are relatives and variations of the Europeans.

In the case of the Soles of Tenerife, they are embroidered using bright colors, but not like lace. In fact, I made a cushion with this technique, using embroidery yarn.

But the soles of Tenerife in Mexico were worked with national motivs as I show here. It take an eagle in the center surrounded by the words "Viva Mexico”.


It is said that this lace was brought to America by the Spanish sailors and the Jesuits in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, that’s why are relatives the Paraguayan Nhanduti and the Mexican suns.


Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 20, 2011 at 5:18pm


I've now added a link to that video on my website.  Thanks.

Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa on February 20, 2011 at 4:27pm


They say the colors in nanduti are recent, resulting from the deman of tourism. Beyond the shells, the great advantage of ñanduti is how to do on a cloth stretched on a rack where the lace is weave on. There is a video that shows very well:


Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 20, 2011 at 3:19pm


I was using the term "sol lace" or "sun lace" as a general term for all the laces made on a radial foundation, because I don't know what other name to give them as a group.  I do understand a little about the special techniques of nanduti, but not nearly as much as you do.  The little shell shaped motifs around the edge of a piece are the clue I look for, and the bright colors.  What other techniques set nanduti apart?

Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa on February 20, 2011 at 6:44am

To Carmelina,

I'm so glad to have someone with a latin name here.

We have to strengthen the team of latin language lacemakers. So we also increased the opportunity to meet and to know the lace activities in these regions.

Let me know about Mexico's laces. There are what kind of laces? And needle laces? Only a few lacemakers?


Elizabeth  H Correa

Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa on February 20, 2011 at 6:36am


Sorry I have no more time to coments, but I always came here to see a little.

I have to say that the first L'aiguille en Fête (a beautfull name, no?) photo it's not sun lace but a really ñanduti made in Paraguay. If we generally speak sun lace to all needle lace weave on a radial tram, it's more or less OK. But I think thats not right. Because ñanduti have a special knowhow, a unique way to be weave, a creation of the native population of the region, the guarani women.


Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 14, 2011 at 6:39pm

This album has some fantastic white sol lace, nanduti type, I think.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 8, 2011 at 10:51pm


Please show us your progress as you work.  We would love to see it.


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