Needle Lace Stitches

Needle lace stitches. Here we will put stitch diagrams and stitch photos (that we make ourselves) so we can all be talking about the same thing. Needlelace stitches.

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Stitch sources 

Brona has really good diagrams:

I have the most basic stitches: 

A booklet of stitches from the Guild of Needlelaces, by Kay and Michael Dennis,  Learn a new stitch Booklet size of A5, not hard cover, a well illustrated pamphlet, total of four A4 pages folded, stitch list 

Charlotte stitch
Corded double Brussels
Corded double point de Venise and corded single Brussels
Corded double & treble Brussels
Crossbar stitch
Holey stitch
Jessie stitch
Kay stitch
Net and bar
New Eliza
Pea stitch
Raised point de angle Terre
Scallop stitch
Up and down stitch (Ardenza stitch)
Williamson stitch

See also the recommended book list in our BEGINNERS group -

Discussion Forum


Maureen Bromley's recent piece ABSTRACT DESIGN sparked a discussion of how to make little rings. So, we are starting an experiment. Anyone can join. I searched out the methods shown in DMC…Continue

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Maureen Bromley Jul 5, 2014.

Fig. 893 fourth stitch Encycl. Needlework 14 Replies

Inadvertently worked this stitch yesterday. Can anyone tell me please if it has an actual name for future reference. Thanks.

Started by Teri Dow. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Jan 10, 2014.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 12, 2010 at 3:00pm
Show us your efforts so far. This group is great for encouragement and advice. My early efforts were an absolute mess, but I've improved greatly in just the few months since we started.
Comment by Diane Haber on July 12, 2010 at 9:47am
As a new needlelacer, I seem to spend more time cutting sections out than keeping them. I like the idea of trying to be constant but so far.... I'll try again.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 11, 2010 at 10:06pm
Yes, Debbie, needlalace is just about the most Free of all the laces, I think. If you work a section and it does not look right, - then just carefully cut it out, and start again!! Lovely!!!!!!!!! :)
Each person has different tension, and as long as your own tension is constant, then it does not matter what other peoplés tension is!
Which is a big help!
Comment by Debbie D'Amelio on July 11, 2010 at 6:21pm
It's interesting to note the differences in how tightly/loosely one stitches. In knitting and crochet (weaving?), it's known as tension and there are gauges for each pattern that indicate what size your tension should be to duplicate the pattern correctly. How wonderful (to me) that needle lace has no such requirement.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 8, 2010 at 1:54pm
Yes, I had noticed the 2-1 and 3-1 row alternations. I didn't know those terms were used as descriptions.
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on July 7, 2010 at 11:44pm
The pea stitch variations are often given names for the stitches. Variations 1 and 2 are 2-1, both of them, then described by whether the two's are 'in line' or 'alternate'. Variation 4 is a 3-1. It might help if you are reading something else and see these terms to know what they mean.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 7, 2010 at 10:37pm
Don't alter just on my account! It is a matter of personal preference - as is All needlelace. What suits one, does not suit another. Sometimes I work too closely, and need to give my stitches breathing space. I just find that difficult!!
There must be a happy medium somewhere - we just have to find it!!! :) How boring if everything was exactly the same. We would not need this site, to chat about the differences, would we? - And how boring would that be - without our daily Fix of Ning?!!! :)
Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 7, 2010 at 4:47pm
Well, I will try working mine closer together, then.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on July 6, 2010 at 10:49pm
Pea Stitch 3 is the one I usually use. It gives nice scallops or shell shapes, and looks neat and tidy. It is a sort of half-way house between fairly solid, and very open stitches. I use it a lot.

I tend to work more tightly, so my work has a differnt look!
I love all these variations, and seeing how others work. This is SO interesting.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 6, 2010 at 4:25pm
Pea stitch variant 4 (I found it in DMC and in Lovesey)

Variants 3 & 4 only differ in how the rows mesh together.

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