Aemilia Ars

Aemilia Ars Needle Lace and how to make it, its specific stitches and working methods. All skill levels.

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Books Websites and Resources for Aemilia Ars

Margaret Stephens GEOMETRICAL NEEDLELACE IN THE STYLE OF AEMILIA ARS, self published, 2016. Clear instructions about basics, like putting in a new thread, exactly how to make a leaf shape. She uses colored threads so it is easy to see just exactly where the threads go. Clear photographs. Once past the basics she shows where to set the tacking stitches and the sequence of motions. Available from the author.

Bellamo, D'Allessandro, Montevento  BASIC COURSE (Aemilia ars) has been translated into English by Jeanine Robertson. 3 volumes. available here:

L'AEMILIA ARS DI ANTONILLA CANTELLI - this book not only has pictures of the exceptional work of her studio, it has the design diagrams on facing pages that you can copy for the toile. I do not speak or read Italian, but with a dictionary I can usually decode the one or two sentences that describe each step. Also, since the sentences are short, sometimes I can type them into Google Translate, which can help.  Her facebook page:

Barbara Cantelli's book, "L' Aemilia Ars di Antonilla Cantelli". It is excellent for following the patterns & then there are two others, Bordi & Fiori which have very good illustrations & steps for how to do the lace. All in Italian but the pics are very clear.

from Silvia The group "I merletti di Antonilla Cantelli" has just launched this website. In the future it will be expanded and perhaps translated into English.

One of our members, Patricia Girolami, recommends this:
"The following books about Aemila Ars, written in Italian with English translations, would not be a bad start.
Un Bordo, Aemilia Ars. (A Border in aemilia ars.) Edition Il Punto Antico."
A lovely geometrical border, a good point to begin in aemilia ars. This border can easily be broken up and used in smaller units. There are explanations in photographs.

Aemilia Ars, Designs and Lace. An anastatic copy of an antique book, with a second book of explanations of the old designs. Also has explanations in photgraphs and an English translation. (Two small books in a slip case).

You can found two beautiful articles about Aemilia Ars in this new blog:
Aemila Ars, Dai vecchi disegni ai nuovi merletti. An exhibition catalogue with a little more. There are also original designs and explanations of the working.
(Aemili Ars, From old designs to new lace)

All books by Il Punto Antico, Bologna, Italy.

Refer to Pia Breviglieri who speaks english.


Quaderni di Aemilia Ars : Fiori. It is written in italian and wonderfully illustrated. (Recommended by Virginie Cornaglia.)

Quaderni Di Aemilia Ars: Corso Base by Bianca Rosa Bellomo, Carla D'Alessandro, Luisa Monteventi. 

Look at Patricia's series of images showing stages in working aemilia ars: 


Silvia has a tutorial on her blog for a simple reticella design worked in the aemilia ars method: 

Her aemilia ars picot ;

aemilia ars picots = bullion picots

Discussion Forum

What thread count for linen fabric? 7 Replies

What thread count should I be looking for in linen fabric for Aemilia Ars drawn thread work?  And what weight?  I would guess that shadow work linen (almost like a batiste) is too thin, correct?  Do…Continue

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Trinity Apr 7.

Which Aemilia Ars book(s) would you recommend FIRST for a beginner? 6 Replies

1.  Geometrical Needlelace in the Style of Aemilia Ars by Margaret Stephens2.  The three-volume Basic Course (English version) by Bianca Rosa Bellomo, Carla D’Alessandro, and Luisa Monteventi3. …Continue

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Carolyn Wetzel Mar 13.

Ergonomics of Lace Making 11 Replies

I am interested in trying Aemilia Ars/Punto in Aria. I found a little "taster' piece online (…Continue

Started by Eve Zelinsky. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Sep 15, 2020.

Amelia Ars 14 Replies

Should Amelia Ars always be white or should we be trying colour?

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Started by Anne Weston. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Mar 18, 2015.

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Comment by Laszlo Koteleky on March 7, 2010 at 12:51pm
I found these photos:

Telling the truth I do not speak Italian and by the figures I do not always know how to do.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 21, 2010 at 3:50pm
I found this just now. It appears to be the starting point. Her blog is called punto antico. I don't know how that relates to aemilia ars.
Comment by Lenore English on February 21, 2010 at 2:08pm
I have an article about Aemilia Ars in Piecework May/June 2009. There is an article about the history, with pictures, and a tutorial with a Rose to stitch.
I plan to sit down and read this carefully. I am inspired by the lovely work posted here, I'd like to give it a go when my skills are up to the task.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 21, 2010 at 12:19am
Anne, I did see your photos and enjoyed them.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on February 20, 2010 at 11:32pm
This is a lace I haven't tried, - as such. I work Reticella/Punto in Area, and have even worked what has been referred to as my "Radical Reticella" - a 5 sided and a 6 sided piece!! I tend to lay the whole working lines with the one continuous trace thread - a mental challenge sometimes, especially if it is a 4 square mat!!
I believe Amelia Ars just lays the outer trace, and the inner part is worked with the needle thread, "as you go".
It may have been usually worked in white, - but why not modernize it a bit, and work in colour? who is to say that is 'wrong'.!! Oh dear! I am getting "radical" again!!!!! :))
I love the discipline of Reticella, and its clean lines.
Comment by Anne Weston on February 19, 2010 at 2:35pm
Hello Silvia and Loreilei, I have met Silvia in Parma at the forum in May last year. I was on the same course as she did. I think Ameila Ars is a wonderful lace. I have posted two photos of the lace. Intend to do more.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 19, 2010 at 2:11pm
Sylvia. Welcome.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 19, 2010 at 1:43pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 19, 2010 at 1:17pm
Please refer to the discussion "Buttonhole stitch" in the forum, as this contains some initial information and 2 valuable links about stitches.

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