Beginners Needle Lace


Beginners Needle Lace

For beginners who want to learn true needlelace. Post questions and answers here.  How to make needle lace.

Members: 238
Latest Activity: Apr 6

Needle Lace Patterns Books and Supplies

I have broken down our lengthy list of books, supplies and resources into several sections.  Click on the links below. 

Recommended books and videos 

Supplies and materials needed

Patterns and tutorials on this site 

Online resources at other sites 

Working Setup: in the hand and with a pillow

Photos of Beginners' Work

Working setup, various ways -   

Discussion Forum

Sampler bookmark progress 17 Replies

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Trinity Apr 6.

Single Brussels Stitch 5 Replies

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Carolyn Wetzel Mar 11.

Cordonnet question 5 Replies

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Mar 2.

Continuous Outline? 19 Replies

Started by May. Last reply by May Jan 30.

My little wings 17 Replies

Started by Michelle H. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Apr 26, 2019.

First try 12 Replies

Started by Verónica Castro. Last reply by Verónica Castro Feb 26, 2019.

needlelace 2 Replies

Started by Hannah. Last reply by Hannah Dec 13, 2018.

my first piece of needle lace 1 Reply

Started by Hannah. Last reply by Sandra Popek Dec 2, 2018.

Pillow preference 7 Replies

Started by Tina Heron. Last reply by Sandra Popek May 4, 2017.

Needlelace Tutorial - Leaf 10 - Part 2 8 Replies

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Maria Delaney Mar 1, 2017.

Comment Wall


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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on September 21, 2020 at 9:25pm

Well done, Rebecca.

Remember - Mistakes just prove it is Hand Made, - not made by a machine!!! (Well, that is always My excuse, anyway!!) - and how boring to keep making Perfect Lace!!!!! :)  Mine always has "variety"!!!!!! :)

Keep going with it, - it will improve with practice.  Just enjoy making it, and don't get too hung up on getting perfect work every time.

Comment by Rebecca Beesley on September 20, 2020 at 11:31pm

I am not sure why this didn’t post yesterday but I finished my flower.   Lots of mistakes but the next one will be better.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on August 1, 2020 at 11:54pm

Well done, Rebecca. That is coming along nicely. Don't get too concerned about tension, - it will soon come automatically!!!  Keep trying different stitches, and you will find the ones you like best, and the ones you find hard to do, etc

 Just enjoy the journey!!.

Comment by Rebecca Beesley on August 1, 2020 at 10:41pm

Hello everyone 

I love lace!  I am just learning how to do this thing called needle lace.  For me the skill of women in the 19th century is something that history has almost forgotten. And man did those ladies LOVE their lace!  I started a little sampler below. I know my tension is off but I do not think it is too bad.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 9, 2019 at 8:44pm

It is easier to insert a needle under a few threads when the background rolls away from you. So the needle is less likely to catch the background.

Comment by Shirley Glover on August 9, 2019 at 9:16am

why are the pics showing a cylinder insert under the pattern when using a bolster pillow?  thanks

Comment by Robert on July 13, 2019 at 7:00am

Thank you Lorelei.  I find these videos inspiring to watch  :)

Comment by Lorelei Halley on July 10, 2019 at 7:14pm

Women making needle lace, using bolster pillow.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 8, 2018 at 11:15am

Please let me clarify myself is there any books that show you how you can connect your motifs and different ground stitches that are used?  Thank you!

Comment by Teri Dow on December 11, 2016 at 5:02pm
Hi Brona, I've just linked into your website and see you have been busy again. As I had hoped, you've done something for Christmas. The bauble is fabulous, crisp and modern and the instructions will be of great assistance to beginners out there.

Everyone else - To see the bauble go to "Sita krajka". This decoration is lovely and as it involves several different stitches, it is ideal for those wanting to expand their abilities. The site is available in English.

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