For all our members who want to advance in & talk about Puncetto Valsesiano knotted needle lace.  Also called punto avorio.

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Sources of Information on how to do Puncetto

"I recently purchased Puncetto Valsesiano - Manuale de Base from
I live in the USA, and received my order in a week. This is Elena Rossi's website (a member of NEEDLELACETALK) She speaks English. For those seeking puncetto instructions, this is a terrific book. Manuale de Base means the basics. If you do not understand the Italian (like me), the diagrams are easy to follow. After a year of looking for basic techniques, I am well pleased. In addition, I am more confident, after fumbling with other sources. Best wishes, Lucy Ludwig"

From Lucy:
A SCUOLA DI PUNCETTO VALESIANO - extremely well executed book on Puncetto with clear, colorful graphics and lots of pictures. The graphical notation system is the same as in Manuale de Puncetto Valsesiano. I think the Scuola and the Manule pair well, but one or the should get you started.

Avital's review of this book: 
PUNCETTO COLORATO - by the same publisher, with the same high production values, covers colorwork. I find the designs and color combinations very inspiring for all sorts of techniques.  See her full review at: 

Avital's Italian/English glossary for puncetto:

Brona has posted some diagrams for simple motifs on her blog:


Laurie Waters has collected a lot of information on puncetto for her article on LaceNews, including some how-to videos in other languages.  But seeing the motions might still be useful. 


Avital's online tutorial. The last 2 are animated, demonstrating open squares and square motifs. 

Avital's puncetto album on flickr showing hand positions, where to stick the needle: 


Jeanine just posted this tutorial recently.  It seems very clear. 


Jeanine has just informed us about an English language 1917 book by Theresa Rizzi DIRECTIONS FOR MAKING PUNCETTO LACE, now available as a free download from the Smithsonian Institution


German language.  The first one is really clear.

Here is a Japanese site with clear photos of the first stage, using thick cord.  Maybe it will help you see the starting point. 


Recommendations from Barb G: 

Anchor Manual of Needlework - Chapter 11 is about Puncetto and includes instructions. This book can be found on

Poncetto Lace by Signorina Thersa Rizzi - a 16 page booklet published in 1917 that gives instructions and different patterns.

For good multi-color puncetto: ;


Discussion Forum

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 9, 2020 at 5:27pm

Aleksandra: thanks. I added it to the list.

Comment by Aleksandra on December 8, 2020 at 11:54pm

I suggest adding the Facebook page "I Gioielli di Simona" to the sources of information. Incredibly beautiful close-up photos of puncetto lace. For inspiration and study:

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 3, 2019 at 4:58pm

Avital -- a good find. thanks

Comment by Avital on December 1, 2019 at 1:46am

Have you seen this blog? Wonderful work!

It's in Russian, but you can translate it if you're using Chrome.

Comment by Aleksandra on October 9, 2019 at 7:11pm

Alessandra, thank you very much for your reply!

You have very beautiful Stella.

Translated Using Google

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on October 9, 2019 at 6:49pm

Interesting, thanks for the clarification Alessandra.

Comment by Alessandra on October 9, 2019 at 6:15pm

Hi Aleksandra, with the word Stella (or Stellina) we intend any small piece of work (usually squared, but can be also round or as the star I attached) which can be inserted in a fabric. It can contain any motif or pattern. I guess the Avital wordlist uses the word "basic" because it's the basic pattern that is taught in the first classes.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on October 9, 2019 at 5:53pm


An interesting question. I see that none of our Puncetto experts has repsonded. They probably don't have an answer for you. All I can add is that terminology for various kind of lace making are a constant problem. We just can't seem to agree on a set of terms that everyone agrees with.

Comment by Aleksandra on October 8, 2019 at 9:36pm

I have a question for those who know the puncetto technique very well.
Tell me, in this technique, any square pattern is called a "star" or containing certain motifs or a specific pattern?

On this site there is news about puncetto courses. And the students created a small star with their initials ("...piccola stellina con le iniziali del loro nome." - "piccola stellina"-small star).

In the Avital wordlist it is written that "stella" is a "star" and that this concept refers to basic Puncetto squares. What is the main "basic"?

So any square puncetto pattern is it a stella or not?

Thanks in advance for your reply.

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Comment by Aleksandra on August 24, 2019 at 3:03am

Barbara, did you find the answer to your question?
If you did not find anything, then on page 24 of the comments for this group Avital writes a little about adding color blocks.
I myself have not tried to make color puncetto
I hope it will be clear what I wrote - I used Google translator.


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