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 Barbara Bilsky on April 15, 2019 at 3:19pm

Does anyone know of good instructions for adding in different colored threads? I own the first A Scuola di Puncetto Valsesiano where it's the basic instructions but I haven't been able to find the second book Manuale del Puncetto Colorato that's for how to add separate colors into your work. I've got the basics down pretty well, still working on tension sometimes, but adding color is something new I want to try. Does anyone have any suggestions on either the instructions or how to get the colored book itself?

Comment by carmen on July 10, 2018 at 2:51pm

Hola Judy, lo del idioma no es tan importante, a mi me sirvieron mas los graficos que publica

Compre el libro puncetto color, es bastante claro los dibujos.

Comment by Linda Moore on June 19, 2018 at 2:33pm

Judy,  there are no really good instruction books in english on Puncetto.  I would suggest you get a copy of The Ancor Manual of Needlework, used, from Amazon.  Also, The Complete Encyclopedia of Needlework by Dillmomy has some info on knotted lace.  You can also download Signorina Rizxu's book from the Smithsonian site.  The link is listed above.

Comment by Judy howard on June 15, 2018 at 2:59pm
Thanks Linda, I've only practiced with the instructions that's on the internet I can't seem to locate a book. From what I can tell some of it is done diagonally so I'm not sure how to start some of the pieces. Some instructions would be nice.
Comment by Linda Moore on June 14, 2018 at 6:21pm

Judy,  I would be glad to help and guide anyone who wants to learn Puncetto.

Comment by Judy howard on June 14, 2018 at 3:18pm
Linda Moore I have to ask since your work is so beautiful, will any of your pieces become available to work with instructions for us beginners?
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on June 10, 2018 at 8:22pm

Stitch them together and make a Patchwork quilt - well Patchwork tray cloth,. table runner, doily etc.  Odd shapes might fit together , if they are not all squares!

Isn't Normandy Lace all bits & pieces stitched together?  why not a needlemade version - (Puncetto!)?

Comment by Alessandra on June 10, 2018 at 3:44pm

Hi Avital, Puncetto squares are usually used to insert in table cloths+napkins, handkerchiefs, table lamps, baby bibs (I've done a lot myself for friends...when I became a mother I understood how unuseful they were:-)  ), bed linen.

If they are small and colored, you can use them for earrings/bracelets.

You can also insert them in clothes. Regarding your fear of "wear and tear" don't worry, it often happens that old fabrics (usually cotton or linen) deteriorate, whilst the Puncetto insert still remains as new after many many years.

I have a lot of square samples too, since they are almost all white, I use them to decorate the Christmas Tree, just adding a red bow in one angle.

Comment by Avital on June 10, 2018 at 2:10am

What do people do with their Puncetto squares? I don't have anything large enough for an edging or inset. The other day I came upon a bunch of Puncetto samples curling in a box. Any ideas for ways to use them? I'm hesitant to put them into something that will get a lot of wear and tear, like clothing, because they took so long to make and I doubt that I will ever make them in large quantities.

Interested in hearing what other people are doing!

Comment by Linda Moore on May 24, 2018 at 12:29am

  Correction to the Smithsonion book download link:

Sorry for the error. This link should work.  


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