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

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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 Lorelei Halley on November 17, 2015 at 3:34pm

Marvelous work, ladies. Please post the photos to our PHOTOS section also. Then they will be easy to find in the future. (Even laces with little flaws are useful for the world to see. It encourages those who are just starting. They can see that even experts have to work hard at making the work neat and regular.)  And you both are experts, world class.

Comment by Teri Dow on November 17, 2015 at 1:57pm
Hi Christiane, absolutely love this motif with the perfect picots. It has a crispness about it.
Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 17, 2015 at 11:40am

Loretta, bientôt, je pense faire des essais à l'aide de vos précieuses indications concernant la fameuse bride tortillée!

... and soon, I think to experiment with your valuable indications on the famous "bride tortillée"!

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on November 17, 2015 at 10:41am

And here is the point de gaze design finished.  

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on November 17, 2015 at 10:38am

Your little piece is beautiful.  Like mine, your reseau is not perfect, but still looks good.  Here is the finished piece of Alençon from the patterns I posted.  As you can see, there is nothing perfect about my reseau either.   

Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 17, 2015 at 10:08am

J’ajoute celle-ci, exercice portant principalement sur le réseau d’Alençon (motif inspiré d’une vignette de bas de page trouvé dans un livre traitant du sujet de la dentelle).

I add this one, exercise focusing on the Alençon ground (motif inspired from a  thumbnail footer found in a book dealing with the subject of lace).

Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 17, 2015 at 10:06am

Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 17, 2015 at 10:04am

Merci Liz et Loretta. Je suis personnellement une habituée du travail avec l’aiguille pointée vers l’extérieur. Je trouve une bonne idée de tracer une grille à l’avance. Je me dis aussi que réduire la taille des mailles du filet pourrait être une initiative avantageuse.
Catherine Barley, dans son livre "Needlelace", recommande de travailler le réseau du point de gaze avec l’aiguille pointée vers l’extérieur. Brigitte Delesques, quant à elle, mentionne que le Point de gaze permet d’utiliser un fil plus gros que pour l’Alençon.
Toutes ces idées mises ensemble devraient m’être très utiles. Gros mercis Loretta pour ces magnifiques images.

Thank you Liz and Loretta. I am personally a regular with the needle pointing outward. I find it a good idea to draw a grid in advance. I also think that reducing the size of the mesh could be an advantageous initiative.
Catherine Barley, in her book "Needlelace" recommends working the Point de gaze ground with the needle pointing outward. Brigitte Delesques, meanwhile, reported that the Point de gaze allows a larger thread than for the Alençon one.
All these ideas put together  should be  useful. Loretta big thanks to these wonderful images. 

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 16, 2015 at 8:46pm

Pretty designs, Loretta.

I work Needle towards me, - Except for ground stitches, and some twisted stitches. those I find work better with the needle away!!  No idea why!!

Hollie Stitch - around the thumb method - - only Needle towards me, but Point de Gaze ground, and some other twisted stitch areas work better needle Away.

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on November 16, 2015 at 12:30pm

Ah, the pictures came up when I clicked on add comment.  


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