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

Started by Dee K. Last reply by Sue Babbs Mar 22, 2016.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 18, 2010 at 10:25pm
Here is the link to the DMC ENCYCLOPEDIA
Engravings # 720, 721, 738, 741, 742 may be relevant. Which ones match your names?
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 18, 2010 at 10:18pm
Is tulle stitch the same as Alencon stitch? As on page 39 of Nenia Lovesey INTRODUCTION TO NEEDLEPOINT LACE? And what is the difference between twisted buttonhole and alencon stitch? We need some kind of standard stitch terminology. I'm going to post a link to the online DMC encyclopedia, just so we have the same photos to look at.
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on February 18, 2010 at 9:07pm
Tulle stitch is the ground stitch, filling stitches are single brussels, single buttonhole and twisted buttonhole, buttonholed pops and rings and in this picture it looks like needlewoven wheels.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 17, 2010 at 5:51pm

Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 17, 2010 at 4:53pm
Might there be any interest in learning the techniques of point de gaze by copying a motif from an antique piece? I have put up a bunch of photos of this piece #216 from my personal lace collection. A few are detailed enough that one of our more experienced lacemakers may be able to identify the stitches. One odd thing is that the cordonnet seems to be made of a bundle of thin threads, not one thick thread. This image below is of one of the major motifs on the edge -- a sort of daisy motif. Would it be suitable for copying? It could be made on any scale, large or fine.


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