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 Teri Dow on April 1, 2015 at 9:45am
The AGM is a very good day out too. I, and a friend, attended last year for the first time and met some lovely people. Also fascinating to see what the other workshops were doing too. Have to say the Guild is run by a team of really enthusiastic, passionate people who give their all to make it the success it is.
AGMs are not something I care for but this was very informal and I returned home tired but "flying high". Happy Easter - don't eat too much chocolate ....
Comment by Jean Bowen on April 1, 2015 at 9:19am

Thanks Teri,

I have looked into joining the Guild as it looks really good, thank you for your info: Best wishes, have a good Easter!

Comment by Teri Dow on March 31, 2015 at 2:08pm
Hi Jean the Guild of Needlaces has two very good books on starting Needlelace with some inspiring little designs to follow. They are very reasonably priced and invaluable as an introduction to NLT. Kind regards.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 29, 2015 at 10:32pm

I have not - yet!- tried halas lace - though I have a book, and other information on it - and a Hungarian husband!!!!!  I suppose I will get around to it one day - but other things get in the way - and the darned areas put me off a bit!! (though I love working filet lace!)

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on March 29, 2015 at 10:03pm

I too learned Gros Point from Catherine's book, and although it is not a beginner project, I do find it easier than Point de Gaze, Alençon, or Halas.  These first two have  net type backgrounds that is difficult to make even, and Halas has needle woven parts that are also very difficult to do well.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 29, 2015 at 8:27pm

I learned Gros Point from Catherine's book on various laces - the one with the strawberries on the cover - which you now can buy directly from Catherine. See her web site. (In fact I learned most of my needlelace from that book. I could not manage without it!!)

There is one piece of G.Pt in the book - the first piece, and that was my beginning for this type of lace.  I love the working of the lace, - raising up the cordonettes and trying hard to get a good Crescent shape, and decorating them as I go!  I tend to over-decorate, as I get carried away....!

I agree, Teri, - Gros Pt. is not for beginners, in my opinion. You need to be reasonably competent  with general needlelace, before tackling it.  You need to have good basics first, and know what you are doing - with confidence, before you tackle this type of lace,

Comment by Maureen Bromley on March 29, 2015 at 7:31am
Hi Jean and Teri. Wild and wet here too. Another source for Gros point is Cathy Barley who has written one book on the subject with Nenia Lovesey in 1986 and it is also in her book listed above which has just been reprinted and covers several different aspects of needlelace if you wanted to add it to your birthday/Christmas list. But have a look on her website as well, her work is inspirational.
Comment by Teri Dow on March 29, 2015 at 7:22am
Hi Jean, wild and rocky down here, hope it's not too bad with you. Liz Ligeti is our expert on Gros Point and she usually comes online during our nighttime because of the time difference. GP is not a beginners lace but one can progress to this level gradually. Have you done any "traditional" Needlelace before?
Comment by Jean Bowen on March 29, 2015 at 6:30am

I love the idea of this lace, have not tried before, but am a willing subject!! What is the best starting point?

Comment by Christiane Machabée on May 24, 2014 at 7:46am

Pour ceux et celles qui s’intéressent à la dentelle de Venise, je recommande le nouveau livre bilingue, français/anglais, « La dentelle de Venise contemporaine »/" Venice needle lace today " de Myriam Benamor, aux Éditions Didier Carpentier. Magnifique complément au livre de Laura Masera. J’y ai trouvé une meilleure explication de la bride « Stella » et de bien d’autres points. Le livre porte surtout sur les points de fantaisie, picots et brides décoratives de toutes sortes. Très peu concernant la brode. Donnez-m’en des nouvelles!
For those interested in lace Venice, I recommend the new bilingual book, French /English, "La dentelle de Venise contemporaine" / "Venice needle lace today" by Myriam Benamor at Didier CarpentierEedition. Wonderful complement to the one of Laura Masera. I found a better explanation of the "Stella" and many other points. The book focuses on fantasy points, pins and decorative flanges of all kinds. Very little about the "brode". Give me some news!



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