Hollie Point

This sample was worked using the wrap-around-the-thumb method.

Thread used -Brok 100/3

Design from the Catherine Barley book, "Needlelace. Designs & Techniques..."

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Hollie Point Needle Lace

Hollie Point is an English needle lace, made entirely of twisted buttonhole stitches, with the design made by the holes worked into the rows.  It was often used for infants' clothing and usually had either geometric or religious designs.  A design worked out on graph paper can be used for this type of lace.

Catherine Barley's book NEEDLELACE: DESIGN AND TECHNIQUES, CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY, 1993, reprinted 2001. Has a chapter on Hollie Point. A very good book. This is the one most often recommended as an intermediate level book, to follow the Guild of Needle Laces or Grimwood. 

Gail Marsh's book 18th Century Embroidery TechniquesI came across a few pages on hollie point.  The stitch illustration isn't as fine as Catherine Barley's, but it's pretty clear and makes sense.  GMC Publications, Great Britain. 2012. ISBN 9781861088086.


As we find information, we will post resources here.

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Comment by emily brailsford on August 17, 2012 at 3:08am

Why has Hollie point only got 4 members??? Whats wrong with us??

Comment by emily brailsford on May 18, 2012 at 11:24am

Im thinking of applying for the lace guild bursary to do a research project on Hollie point because, as you say there doesnt seem to be much written about it


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 1, 2012 at 9:55pm

I wondered about that!! That is OK. I just wasn't sure that we had been hacked in some way.

All is well, - that is good!!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 29, 2012 at 10:38pm


You got that weird message because I was using the Hollie point group to test something.  Test completed, I deleted the junk I had created.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on February 29, 2012 at 8:31pm

I received a message that there was a new discussion srarted here, but I don't see anything.


I have managed to do a couple of rows of my Hollie Point last night after a break doing another more urgent task. I still have some of the other task to do, but I might take a few days rest, and get a bit further with the Hollie Point.  I see a few errors, - but I hope no-one else can find them!!  I am doing the flower in a pot from the Catherine Barley book.

Tip for All laces - note down what thread you are using and keep it with the work if you leave it aside for a while.  I had the 2 reels of thread with my work, - but wasn't sure which one I was using! I got out the magnifier, and laid the needle thread between the other 2 threads on a dark background to determine which was the correct one to continue with!!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on October 3, 2011 at 10:40pm
Great, Lorelei. Thank you.  I forgot about the Introduction bit!! Your explanation is excellent.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on October 3, 2011 at 10:21pm
Liz: I added that little paragraph so that search engines will have something to search through.  If I've made mistakes, please correct me. 
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on October 3, 2011 at 8:52pm

This seems to be a much overlooked lace, and there does not seem to be very much written about it.  If anyone has worked Hollie Point, or has any information about it, I would love to hear it.  I am thinking of working a small piece, and am in the process of graphing out the design.

It appears to be a bit like knitting, - the width of the stitch is a different measurement to the height of the stitch, so the line of work seems to be lenghtwise, not across.

Any help would be appreciated.


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