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 Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 14, 2021 at 7:55pm

I don't do Facebook, - and it won't let me in. Pity - I Love Gros Point. It was my favourite Needlelace to make, (when I was still able to do it.) Never mind. 

Comment by Laura Sandison on March 14, 2021 at 2:09pm

Amazing work! Thank you for sharing this one.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 13, 2021 at 9:11pm
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on September 30, 2020 at 10:49pm

That collar is magnificent. Wow!

Thank you for posting the link so we could all enjoy it!

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on September 30, 2020 at 6:58pm

What a beautiful collar!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 30, 2020 at 6:31pm

This piece was posted on facebook today. Designed by Josef Storck in 1879 as a "modern" interpretation of Gros Point. 

the facebook link

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!!


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