point de gaze

What stitches are used in point de gaze needle lace. The techniques of point de gaze needlelace. Construction of antique point de gaze needle lace.

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Sources of Information on Point de Gaze Needle Lace

To understand what stitches were typically part of this historic form of needlelace (last half of the 19th century) first look at two very good books and an online article:

Pat Earnshaw NEEDLELACE, London, Nerehurst 1991
Jean Leader

Also Catherine Barley has a section on point de gaze in her personal website.  View it in FULLSCREEN mode.  The detail is amazing.

Both of the books have chapters devoted to the stitches used in certain historic needle lace styles, and both include chapters on point de gaze. Barley also gives full and detailed instructions for working some pieces of her design, for those who want to learn that form.

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POINT De GAZE BRUSSELS NEEDLE LACE by Elizabeth M. Kurella 1 Reply

Hello everyone~ Do any of you guys have this book? Does it discuss how to…Continue

Started by Florencia Moore. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Feb 28, 2020.


I bought some pieces point de gaze, and I am surprised how tiny stitches they have used. I know they used the finest threads, and can't understand how they see so tiny stitches. Did they use some…Continue

Started by Xiaojie. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Dec 5, 2019.

choosing thread 26 Replies

I am very grateful for this group! I am obviously new to neelelace and was wondering if there was a discussion somewhere on choosing thread given the project"s size? I do not have any books as of…Continue

Started by Dee K. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Nov 16, 2018.

An alternative to using grid paper 3 Replies

If you should ever be without grid paper this might be useful. Especially for practice pieces [which is all I am capable of thus far :0)]. I purchased it at JoAnn's. $5 w/out a coupon. It is clear,…Continue

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on February 6, 2019 at 9:13pm
Yes, I get the Artifact of the Month- would not miss it!! They come up with some Beautiful laces...!! The close up of this piece shows the detail beautifully. However, I would Love to see the whole piece!!@
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 6, 2019 at 5:19pm
Does anybody else get the "artefact of the month" from the Lace Guild Museum? This month it is a glorious point de gaze piece, high resolution. You can see every thread, all in focus.

Here is a link:
Comment by Maureen Bromley on November 19, 2015 at 3:36am

These are beautiful Loretta I love them both.     I have been busy with other craft projects of late but really must get back to needlelace.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 18, 2015 at 6:56pm

Twisted stitch, in all its forms, is very difficult to get even and looking really nice.  I don't know how the lacemakers who had to do lots of it for a living, managed to get it looking so even!   It will always be a big challenge for me, anyway!!

You are not alone, Christiane, in struggling with it!  My cheat on it is to make the rest, - the main design features - be Very dominant and fairly well done, so the eye is drawn Away from the twisted ground!!!

Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 18, 2015 at 9:05am

Liz. Vous m’avez bien fait rire ce matin. On peut dire une journée qui part du bon pied.
Depuis trois ans que j’essaie de maîtriser une seule et même maille, le "point de feston double" et cette seule maille ne cesse de me donner du fil à retordre sous toutes ses formes. On la retrouve dans l’Alençon, le Burano, le Point de gaze, et voilà encore ce Hollie stitch qui demande son reste... Encore un autre trois ans de travail à l’horizon!

Liz. You have made me laugh this morning. We can say one day that starts on the right foot.
For three years I try to control a single stitch, the "twisted buttonhole stitch" and this only single stitch keeps giving me a hard time in all its forms. It is found in Alencon, Burano, Point de gaze, and yet, now, there is Hollie stitch and English stich requesting their remains with the same basic twist ... Yet another three years of work on the horizon!

Comment by Teri Dow on November 17, 2015 at 9:49pm
You are absolutely right Liz. Can't see my passion for it ever waning just because of the endless different types. No danger of me ever mastering any of it but the pleasure of the journey is enormous. Every day leads to some new discovery or nugget of information and with heaps of practise more confidence.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 17, 2015 at 9:31pm

But, Teri, the beauty of lacemaking - in all its forms, - is that there is always another type of lace to have a go at - whether with needle or bobbins!!!!!!!  The 'new' sorts of lace are never ending - lets face it - we have only, in the last year or 2 'discovered' Pag lace - which has been around for Ages, - but we did not know of it!  I am sure there are many others yet to be "discovered"!!!

That is why lacemaking is so addictive and Never boring - new types, new techniques, etc - always!

Comment by Teri Dow on November 17, 2015 at 9:03pm
Hi Liz, wholeheartedly agree! Once something is mastered, often the fun and interest dies.
Comment by Teri Dow on November 17, 2015 at 8:55pm
From a personal point of view, it should not matter whether a flaw is little or large. We should be grateful for people being willing to share their efforts with us, especially beginners who may sometimes need additional help. It is hard enough for a beginner to post work in a public forum without having to worry about how their work is viewed in terms of flaws. For each and every one of us this journey is a steep learning curve, which we can only achieve with help from the experts out there and one another.We
have a huge membership, whom we should be encouraging to display their efforts as it is helpful to us all.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 17, 2015 at 6:36pm

Flaws just prove the work is handmade, not machine made!!!!!!!!! :)

How horrid to be Perfect!!!!!!!!! :) There would be no challenge left and nothing else to strive for!!!  (Well, these are my excuses, anyway!!!  :) )

The pieces are all beautiful. Thank you for sharing them with us.  Yes, do post them in the Photos section, then others can enjoy them too, -( those who are not in this particular group.)


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