Gros Point

Gros point needle lace is a lace with raised, and decorated cordonettes. It is supposed to look like carved ivory.  For those who want to learn it or to study the details of its construction in antique examples.  Historical antique form was called Venetian gros point needle lace.

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Resources for Gros Point


Catherine Barley NEEDLELACE, DESIGNS AND TECHNIQUES, CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY. Batsford 1993, reprinted 2003.  Contains a chapter on technique and several patterns.

Nenia Lovesey and Catherine Barley VENETIAN GROS POINT LACE. Dryad 1986. Stitch diagrams are clear, but description of how to make the padded roll is not satisfactory.  Quite a few nice motifs.

Nenia Lovesey INTRODUCTION TO NEEDLEPOINT LACE, Larousse 1985. Has a chapter on raised work.

ONLINE RESOURCES  This chapter contains needlelace stitch diagrams and diagrams for bars  (in the context of tape laces, but the stitches and bars are the same).

This is a link to a free download of superb close-up photos of a highly sculpted Venetian Gros Point.  File is 4.2 mb.  Clicking on it will immediately start the download. ; 


The Retournac gros point symposium  See the bottom of the page for links to several pdf files, photos of brides, fillings, decorative holes (portes) and a few old laces.

photos of lace grounds

Discussion Forum

Punto Cologna 5 Replies

I've just noticed that in Cologna Veneta, a small town near Verona, Italy, there is a lace school where they make Punto Cologna, which is very similar to the Gros Point.In my blog…Continue

Started by Silvia. Last reply by Christiane Machabée Nov 21, 2015.

Stitches of gros point needle lace 4 Replies

Last night I picked up a sampler I started nearly 2 years ago. It has been nearly that long since I last worked on it. It was supposed to be a sampler of gros point stitches.  So I was devoured by an…Continue

Tags: gros point, gros point needle lace stitches, stitches of gros point

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Lorelei Halley May 15, 2014.

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Comment by Sandra Popek on December 12, 2016 at 6:03am

Thank you Elizabeth! Have a safe and Happy Holidays!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 12, 2016 at 12:20am

I learned Gros Point from Catherine Barley's book - the one with the ?strawberries on the front cover.  You can buy the book directly from her, - and it is well worth the money!  It has Lots of help for the more experienced needle lacer,  and some beaut patterns.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 11, 2016 at 7:01pm

Can anyone recommend me any books for beginners and it goes through intermediate etc.

Thank you!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on December 20, 2015 at 6:50pm

Christiane, I go home from holiday tomrrow.,  I will answer your questions about the embellishments in a few days time, when I have the bit computer to work on, and I think I have close-up photos to show you.

The arrow A shows "threaded Couronnes", and arrow B shows a twisted cordonette.. I will explain them in a few days, when we are at home, and I can type properly. this laptop keyboard is horrid!!

Comment by Christiane Machabée on December 20, 2015 at 7:09am

Liz.  Par le passé, vous nous avez admirablement expliqué l’exécution du "zigzag on top of cordonnette". Aujourd’hui, je pointe à l'aide de flèches sur l’une de vos magnifiques dentelles, deux différents embellissements qui pour moi soulèvent de sérieuses questions. Si la période des fêtes vous laisse du temps libre, seriez-vous assez aimable de tenter d’éclaircir ces techniques particulières? Merci à vous.

Liz. In the past, you have beautifully explain to us the implementation of the "zigzag on top of cordonnette". Today I point, using arrows on one of your magnificent lace, two different embellishments that clear for me raise serious questions. If the holiday season leaves you free time, would you be kind enough to try to clarify those particular techniques? Big thanks to you.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 20, 2015 at 3:30pm
Comment by Lynette Hale on April 2, 2015 at 4:11pm

Thanks Maureen & Teri. I have found the photos of the Irish Crocheted shawl in my folders so will upload them now.

Comment by Teri Dow on April 2, 2015 at 5:10am
Hi Lynette, if you are able to put the photos on Lacioli, that would enable so many more people to see your latest work ....I'm not a member of Laceioli but I always check the site daily. Kind regards x
Comment by Maureen Bromley on April 2, 2015 at 2:21am
But you can put photos on Laceioli. Being a lover of crochet including Irish Crochet, I would also love to see them. Happy Easter
Comment by Lynette Hale on April 1, 2015 at 10:34pm

Hi Liz, Sorry I have just read the notes which "no crochet". I have discovered that i still have your private email in my address book so will send you some photos.

happy Easter.


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