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

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.

Number of Spokes 6 Replies

I am trying to do the pattern in the Alexandra Stillwell book on Teneriffe Lace.  The sample pattern shows with 36 spokes/pins.  I bought a plastic canvas and it has 122 spokes I can create.....which…Continue

Started by sunela thomas. Last reply by Kate Wild Jan 27, 2013.

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Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa on November 27, 2016 at 5:50pm

Hi, Loreley

Let me know, please, the credits of this photo. Where you found it? It's from a museum site?


Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 27, 2016 at 5:07pm

This photo is not close enough for me to be sure how it was made. But it looks more like sol lace than like punto in aria needle lace. An interesting way of arranging a group of motifs.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 11, 2015 at 6:16pm


What have you been doing with sol laces recently? Is there some place where we can see pictures of your recent work?

Comment by Jenny on November 10, 2015 at 11:41pm
Lorelei, thank you, thank you, thank you, for sharing! I am on my iPad & internet is slow, but I can see some beautiful work. I somehow ended up on a blog which has some pics of some stunning table linen. The edges are inspiring, as are those square motifs which I have yet to try. I will have a good look on the PC tomorrow.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 10, 2015 at 5:22pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 8, 2015 at 6:28pm

We will be eager to see your results.

Comment by Jean Bowen on March 8, 2015 at 8:10am

I have just received the Teneriffe lace book by Alexandra Stillwell, and am in the process of making up a 'wheel'. As usual I have so many other projects in the pipeline, am not sure when I shall get started, but I am sure I will find the time, somehow!!!

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. 


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