I was wondering if anyone had good resources for patterns/projects for early reticello. I have Buonpadre's first reticello book and I am currently using that book to make a sampler drawn from an old Renaissance pattern book (modified, since some of the shapes aren't in Buonpadre's book) but after that, I'm not sure where to go next. I'd like to make something grander, like a table runner.

Any suggestions for future projects, texts, next steps would be greatly appreciated.

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You might try going to antiquepatternlibrary.com and search for reticella.

Thanks. I did take a look over there but the reticella books are mostly the punto in aria kind. I'm working in the earlier style with little blocks.

Kristine Curtis said:

You might try going to antiquepatternlibrary.com and search for reticella.

Ève, the first book in that series is excellent. Once the techniques are learnt, the patterns from any needle lace can be applied. It’s all about removing enough threads from the fabric and making the holes big enough to take the design. 

i was told by someone To make the holes a certain size, though in my experimentation they need to be adjusted according to the fabric being used and the design to be put in the holes. 

I also was going to suggest the Antique Patten library. There are heaps of resources over there. 

Why not try taking those little blocks of pattern in that book and combining them into a design of your own? It will only take the use of two or three of them to make a good combination. Good luck 

Margaret Stevens has brought out an excellent book on Reticella (within fabric, ) and I also have 2 Italian Reticella books - Gli Antichi Fior di Reticello, and  Guida al ricamo Reticello e merletto veneziano.

Pattern Book of Renaissance Lace  by Cesare Vecellio  (1617 Edition reprinted), and The Needle-made Lace of Reticella, by Jules & Kaethe Kliot - from Lacis is an excellent one for lace made off the fabric,  not within the fabric.

Viniciolo's book is one of the best-known ones, too.

I hope this helps! I love Reticella needlelace, but I enjoy making it on a frame couched down on a pad,. Not within fabric.

I found several pamphlets on the antique pattern library under Sonrel. I think there are 6. They aren't specifically "early" but do include lots and lots of variations, among which you could choose.

Cleofe Mingarelli Ricci PUNTO IN ARIA. It is full of fillings for use in punto in aria. But these square fillings can also be used in reticella embroidery. I think I found it on the antique pattern library.

Lorelei if my memory is correct the name Ricci is familiar. I remember page after page after page of beautiful designs for Reticella. From memory they start at 3 squares wide and go up. Anything found on the Antique pattern library can be downloaded and saved for our own convenience. I know I have saved that one. 

Lorelei Halley said:

Cleofe Mingarelli Ricci PUNTO IN ARIA. It is full of fillings for use in punto in aria. But these square fillings can also be used in reticella embroidery. I think I found it on the antique pattern library.

Thank you. I've found a scan of Pagano's lace which seems to be the direction I'm interested in, with small designs, one per square.  However, within Pagano, there are some designs/motifs that aren't in Buonopadre's book. Do you know where I might be able to find instructions for them?

Eve, Having experience in the designs in Buonopadre's book should help, so will any needle lace experience and Hardanger experience. It's  all about the working order for each little square, knowing how to start and finish threads, throwing base threads  (usually three) and most of all leaving an out so the next square can be continued onto. It is usually based on detached buttonhole stitch.

Margaret Stephens is a needle lace teacher here in Australia, and a member of this site.  I have done classes with her on Amilia Ars needle lace which is done without base fabric and is very geometric. If you contact her maybe she will help. I know she has excellent notes. 


Eve Zelinsky said:

Thank you. I've found a scan of Pagano's lace which seems to be the direction I'm interested in, with small designs, one per square.  However, within Pagano, there are some designs/motifs that aren't in Buonopadre's book. Do you know where I might be able to find instructions for them?

Do you have copies of Veccellio's books from the late 16th century?  They are available from various museums, if you are willing to download one page image at a time.  Other resources might be going to those same museum websites and searching for lace objects.  Many of them are going to be table coverings, and you might find inspiration there.

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