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 -

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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 6, 2010 at 4:23pm
Here is pea stitch variant 3, probably the most striking:

Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 6, 2010 at 4:21pm
Here are some stitch diagrams, pea stitch variant 1:

Diagram of varants 1 & 2

These differ only in how the rows mesh together. And below is variant 2:

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on June 29, 2010 at 10:17pm
I have added a comment to the "Photos." Where I could enlarge it.
A twisted stitch, -possibly corded.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 29, 2010 at 5:24pm
I think I see a twist on the stitch, particularly in the area to the right of the holes. But I can't see if it is whipped or corded, but I don't think so. I also can't tell which direction the twist is, or how many. Perhaps it is the contracted version where the stitch isn't stretched to its full length. Also worked very close together. The thread is a soft, relatively untwisted thread, which makes the stitch less distinct. Can you stretch the piece with your fingers to make the stitch more visible? If you were to post this in the PHOTOS section we might be able to get an enlarged image. I tried viewing it by magnifying the whole page to 200% but it didn't help much.
Comment by Devon Thein on June 29, 2010 at 3:47pm
Does anybody recognize this stitch? I had originally thought it corded brussels, but when I worked a sample, it did not look like it. I have been working samples of Hollie stitch, Point d'Espagne, Point de Feston and every variation of cording, and whipping that there is, yet I am not producing anything that looks like this. I am even experimenting with different threads to see if that accounts for anything. Any thoughts?

Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 10, 2010 at 12:50am
Arab single

Arab double


Hollie pt

Most photos show the knotted Mediterranean needle laces worked with the needle pointing away from the body. So just turn the diagrams upside down.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 10, 2010 at 12:39am
Comment by Lorelei Halley on June 5, 2010 at 3:25pm
This is a stitch diagram from one of our members.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 15, 2010 at 3:57am
The Encyclopaedia of needlework is the main reference book used by the Australian Lace Guild for the needlelace Proficiency Assessments. they name the required stitches from that book - such as "23rd stitch", or "28th stitch", etc.
There can be little doubt, then, of what is required.
The Hill & Gibson book of stitches is good, too, if you can lay hands on a copy. I managed to buy a 2nd hand copy, in very good order, as, like other great needlelace books, it is now out of print! Grrr!
Comment by Lorelei Halley on May 14, 2010 at 6:23pm
How to make a vein in corded single Brussels


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