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

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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

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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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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 Loretta Holzberger on November 16, 2015 at 12:29pm

After spending many years always working with my needle pointing toward me, I finally learned to do twisted stitch with the needle pointing away from me.  For me it works better.  One thing I do to help make my stitches even is to print a hex grid on my pattern for point de gaze and a brick grid for Alençon reseau.  Here are two examples.  (I tried to add picture files but I don't see them) 

Comment by Christiane Machabée on November 16, 2015 at 9:44am

Je tente d'exécuter le réseau du Point de gaze avec l'aiguille pointée vers l'extérieur, mais le résultat est pauvre et manque beaucoup de régularité. Vaudrait-il mieux travailler avec l'aiguille vers soi? S'il y a des habitués de cette technique parmi vous, quelle serait votre suggestion?

I try to run the reseau Point de gaze with the needle pointing outward, but the result is poor and lacks great regularity. Would it be better to work with the needle toward me? If there are regulars of this technique among you, what would be your suggestion?

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on February 13, 2015 at 3:52pm

I think I used 4 t 6 strands of 80/2 together as the filling for the cordonnette. 

Comment by Teri Dow on February 13, 2015 at 3:42pm
Thank you Loretta. Christiane and I are wondering about the number of threads used to pad the Cordonnette tx.
Comment by Christiane Machabée on February 13, 2015 at 1:39pm


Ce col est vraiment magnifiquement exécuté. Pouvez-vous nous en dire davantage sur le nombre de brins de fil utilisés pour la brode? Merci beaucoup à vous de nous avoir présenté ce travail.

This collar is really beautifully executed. Can you tell us more about the number of ply or strands used (I'm not sure about the correct english word for that) for the "brode"? Thank you very much for presenting this work.

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on February 12, 2015 at 10:02pm

I used 80/2 Egyptian cotton for the motifs and buttonholed edges, and 120/2 Egyptian cotton for the net.  I worked it as a single piece.  For the fan that I did earlier, I  worked the individual motifs first and tacked them in place wrong side up.  Then I filled in the net.  I think I like doing it as a single piece better, but it does mean holding onto a larger piece while working. 

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on February 12, 2015 at 8:25pm

You come up with Beautiful designs, Loretta.

I love the way you have worked the flowers at each end of the collar.

Beautiful. Well done.

Comment by Teri Dow on February 12, 2015 at 5:25pm
Loretta, such an elegant classical piece of work - it is exquisite and you've achieved wonderful shading too. Love it! Two questions: What size thread have you used, it looks so delicate. Have you worked it as one piece? I won't be able to stop looking at it!!
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 12, 2015 at 5:06pm
Comment by Lakshmi R on December 24, 2013 at 11:28am

Thank you Loretta ma'am :)


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