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: 

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 Dorothy Morgan yesterday is where you can find Stillwell’s book and others such as DMC’s booklet
Comment by Miriam Gidron yesterday

Thank you all for your help and advice.

Right now I refrain from ordering books from abroad. I live in Israel and since the corona outbreak lots of mail from abroad does not arrive.

I pulled out Alex Stilwell's book and will have ago at it once more.

Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa yesterday

Hi, Ladies,

Let me help a little more. 

Miriam, Tejido de Soles, from Sandra Rodrigues, Puerto Rico is new but is not available at internet. You can buy it.

Books at Antique Pattern Libray are available at internet but aren't not recent, as you ask. They are from 1900.

I love Sol Lace and worked against forgetting it since 2005-6. My sites have material from Paraguay, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Spain, Canary Island, Croatia and wherever the Sol Lace is. You can search it at three blogs and  my two facebooks and Pinterest and Instagram. All this midias you can acess at the same adress: 

Jenny, here a link for Alexander Stillwell's book


Comment by Jenny yesterday

Hi Miriam,

I am self taught and have used 'The Technique of Teneriffe Lace' by Alexander Stillwell as a guide. It is in English. The book was supposed to be on the Antique Pattern Library for free download, but I cannot find it. I have a hard copy of my own. They are still available to buy.

The Antique pattern Library has a few resources that may be help, just do a search for 'Sol Lace' or 'Teneriffe lace'.

I have also found lots of inspiration in the internet via Pinterest, Facebook and Instagram.

The pieces coming out of South america are amazing, and there is some interesting pieces coming out of Japan now too that I have spotted.

My pieces are only simple, and I  use a simple shape like a square or circle, then join them together. Maybe one day I may go bigger, and use different shapes, but there are so many other things to do, and life just gets in the way sometimes. 

Comment by Elisa Vincenty yesterday
Hi!! Miriam Gidron
I'm from Puerto Rico. I will recommend you a book of soles, is in Spanish but you can lead the pictures, step by step.
I hope that help you,
Comment by Miriam Gidron on Sunday

Thank you Elizabeth. I will watch your videos on Youtube and see how I get on. I will let you know how I am doing.

Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa on Sunday

Hello, Miriam.

I have a step-to-step video at Youtube channel NHANDUTI DE ATIBAIA. There are 3 videos, 3 fundamental classes in portuguese, but they are long and slow - circa 30 minutes - and explain with images. If you have some doubt I can try to help you. There are no books. Material and studies about Sol Laces are quite zero. Alexandra is the best we have to help us. I also study how to do Teneriffe with Alexandra's book.  And pick up your sol lace and come with us 20 june. I thin it'll be great.


Comment by Miriam Gidron on Sunday

I am following this page and I want to add something. A few years ago I wanted to get into sol laces but couldn't find any good sources to learn how to do this lace. I am following pinterest and what I see makes me want to get into this lace. If you could refer me to some good reference books I would be very thankful. I have Alex Stilwel's book  but it is old and I would like to have something more recent.


Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa on Sunday

Thank you, Elizabeth.

You're quite right. People dont study "soles". and we cannot love something we dont know!

If you know someone that make Sol lace in Australia, talk to me. We have people of several parts of word at our meeting. Is a characteristic of this family of lace be at all word...

be safe

Elizabeth Correa


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on Sunday

Elizabeth, I Loved the article. I found it very interesting, and am amazed at the amount of study you have done into this type of lace.  Very well done.  I hope we get some more articles from you, as I loved it. Thank you for bringing this type of lace to our attention. It deserves a more prominent place in the world of Lace.

I must have a go at making that type of lace. I don't think it is for me, but I need to try it and see.! My shakey hand makes needlework a bit difficult, but I will give it a try, and let you know how I go.


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