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, 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 Lorelei Halley on February 8, 2015 at 2:59pm

There is a sol lace posted on IOLI's facebook page, and Edie Schaefer is asking for identification help.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 4, 2014 at 7:19pm

I did a wonderful workshop with Margaret Stevens a year or more after I started needlelace. At the end of the week we mad a tassel, and worked a Dorset Button with beads to put above the tassel! I still have it hanging here! 

Later on, I made a high collar or neckband, in needlelace in ecru thread, but could not find any buttons to match the colour - they looked either too yellow or too brownish. I suddenly realized - at about 3am when the best ideas pop up!!! -  that the large, beaded ring we did in class was the sort of thing I needed, so made myself 2 Very small buttons in the ecru, and they work Wonderfully. they look as if they really are part of the item, and look Much nicer that bought buttons would have looked.  

So go for it for you Costume. they will look really authentic. Yes, I just stitched mine on in the centre through the wheel filling.  Make sure they pass reasonably easily though the buttonhole, as the stitches can wear a bit.  I have buttonhole bars for the buttonhole loops, and mine are a bit tight for the button, so I am very careful. I will put up a photo of my neckband, and you may be abl;e to see the buttons and loops, if you can enlarge it.

Comment by Karen Roy on December 4, 2014 at 1:11am

You learn something new every day!  Today I learned of Dorset buttons, a form of needlelace/needleweaving on a small scale: inside a tiny ring with the finished product to be used as a button.  The effect is not lacey, since the stitches are too densely packed to let light through, but they are unique and beautiful.

And when used in conjunction with other lace, the texture-collage is divine:

I think I'll bear this in mind for a Regency outfit I'm putting together.  There's no special mention of how the buttons were attached to the garments, so I'm guessing they were simply sewn right through the center of the pattern.  White on white thread wouldn't be obvious at all. 

Comment by Ruth Kurz on August 27, 2014 at 5:06pm

If anyone is interested I have a copy of Pine Needle Basketry by Judy mallow in excellent condition {hard cover,112 pgs] along with three other paperback books =Pine Needle baskets by Linna Millikin, Pine Needle Raffia Basketry and Advanced Pattern Book both by Jeannie McFarland I would be willing to part with.  No longer able to make pine needle baskets.  Contact me privately if interested.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 27, 2014 at 4:07pm

Fascinating. Thanks, Karen.

Comment by Karen Roy on August 27, 2014 at 11:33am

While reading a cool book called Pine Needle Basketry: From Forest Floor to Finished Project, by Judy Mofield Mallow, I discovered that many basketmakers actually use teneriffe in their designs, either as a starting point at the base of the basket, or as a way of decoratively filling empty spots.  Mallow gives basic instructions (making wheel spokes and weaving to fill them according to a pattern) in Chapter 4.  She uses raffia or thread for the teneriffe, pine needles for the baskets.  A stunning example in the book is a basket called "Silent Beauty" by Lee Sipe (Chapter 6).  I couldn't find that exact example online, but here are some other ones...

Ann D. Carney:

Sharron Eckert:

Florence Powers:

Lee Sipe:

Or you can search for teneriffe and pine needle baskets in an image search.  It's interesting to see the lace technique with such different materials.  

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 19, 2013 at 3:04pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 19, 2013 at 2:53pm

Caroline found a marvelous Croatian Sol Lace maker on facebook.  Here is a link to her albums.  There are several containing Hvar laces.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 19, 2013 at 2:50pm

Caroline - Look at the DISCUSSION above called CUSHION FOR TENERIFFE.  We were discussing various kinds of templates/racks/frames for this kind of work.  On my website page I collected some links to suppliers, who may have various templates.  Also there is Laurie Waters' collection of suppliers-by-country on her lacenews pinterest board.  I realize these aren't specific links, just sort of general, but it is a place to start.  If you do find some suppliers of good templates, please do a report for us.  I am sure others will have the same question eventually. (I don't seem to have suppliers listed, as I had thought.) Look near the bottom for Suppliers

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 19, 2013 at 2:34pm

Caroline - Marina is a marvelous find. Her laces are wonderful. We have had some discussions in this group about different kinds of templates for this work.  Let me search a bit.


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