Reticella-reticello Punto in Aria


Reticella-reticello Punto in Aria

For all our members who want to advance in reticello needlelace. Learn reticello needle lace. Learn reticella needlelace. Point coupe, punto tagliato.  We include embroidered reticella AND punto in aria (geometric needle lace).. Both use the same fillings.

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Resources for Reticella

These are some resources for learning reticella/reticello.


Guida al ricamo reticello e merlatto venziano  "A great book with wonderfully clear photros of each stage of the work."


Giuliana Buonpadre: "Gli Andichi  Il Reticello" published in 2005. Jenny says:

Her books only seem to be available through her. Check out her web pages at   Go to the books tab, then right down the bottom she gives info on prices & how to obtain them.


Virginia Bonfiglioli Chiavegato:  Punto in Àere, Antico Merletto ad ago di Bologna.  Publ by  RE Enzo Editrice, 2003. pages: 120.  Language: Italian

Carmelina says: It's totally ilustrated, with patterns from beginners to experts. She gives indications about fix the lace to the fabric. The graphics are big with very clear instructions (if you speak italian, I've been translating them to spanish). The patterns have numeration for the execution. The graphics are done by Sergio Chiavegato and seem engineering work: perfect.  The photos are lovely with precious examples of reticello and punto in àere. I have no doubt that it's a very useful book.


Ricci, Elisa. Old Italian Lace, Vol. 1 part 5 has photos of some reticello samplers with a variety of motifs that could be copied.

Devon says: "look for Ostaus, Parasole and Vinciolo to find scanned copies of 19th century reprints of the original 17th and 16th century pattern books which feature reticello and punto in aria designs of unquestionable authenticity."


Laura Marzorati: Guida al ricamo Reticello e merletto veneziano, and Guida al ricamo Reticello Liberty


Paola Barbieri, Il Reticello interpretato da Paola Barbieri, published by the Associazione Il Punto Antico. You can purchase directly from the Edizioni Il Punto Antico website with PayPal or a credit card. You can request a French or English insert when you order.

There are step-by-step photos, good diagrams, works in progress, 11 different delicious projects, many filling stitches. (Review taken from Italian Needlework website by Jeanine in Canada.)


This  is a step by step beginners guide to a Reticella type lace  but worked within fabric after the cut out squares are stitched around.  Her photographs and diagrams of each step are very clear, and she takes  Small steps so the complete novice can understand what is what!   It progresses with clear instructions on how to cut away and make the grid, to step by step instructions on how to fill the grid with a variety of motifs.


There are 15 motifs shown, and corners and an edge,  and at the end of the book are some patterns for more complex designs. Her samples show multiple motifs arranged within the same piece to make a variety of patterns. Includes instructions for Left-handed workers too.


ONLINE SOURCES FOR PATTERNS:  Look for Dillmont, C.M. Ricci and Hardouin, which have some patterns for simple and complex geometric lace motifs.

Hardouin ALBUM DE DENTELLE DE VENISE.  Part 1 is geometric, part 2 curvilinear

Ricci, Cleofe Mingarelli DISEGNI DI TRAFORI

Novo, Giardineto. Punti Tagliati [Cutwork], Matthio Pagan, 1550 

Dillmont, Thérèse de. Needle-Made Laces; 1st Series, D.M.C, 1900. Part 1 is geometric laces.

(The Needlemade Laces of Reticella"  by  J. and K. Kliot is a reprint of the last item, part 1 of Dillmont's NEEDLE MADE LACES) ;


WEBSITES AND ONLINE TUTORIALS: ;     "Promoting the craft of historically designed needle lace."

Has 1 relatively simple design for practice near the end.  This one has a different pattern, and is worked in the needle lace manner (fabric is only a temporary scaffold).  A photo of a sampler of fillings made into a pillow.  Enlargements show enough detail that they could be copied easily.


Basic tutorial in Punto Antico (antique cutwork) 


For book reviews in Italian see below.  She has shut down her website and moved to the blog format.  This one has clear instructions about how to prepare the openwork squares. 


Silvia has a tutorial on her blog for a simple reticella design worked in the aemilia ars method. There are 5 parts, and here they are sequentially:


For Sylvia's newest reticella tutorial, see

Lefkara Lace Embroidery by Androula Hadjiyiasemi --  Mary Corbett reviews it on her website: 


For Italian names of various kinds of cutwork and drawn thread work, see .  Look under tecnichi.


Ruskin work is one variety of geometric cutwork that is similar to reticella: 

Reticella embroidery, showing the steps in order: 

A great tutorial on how to make the little oval spots, with a very clear diagram    Look near the bottom of the page.



Discussion Forum

Reticella Finished! 15 Replies


Tags: reticello, reticella

Started by Eve Zelinsky. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Oct 11, 2020.

Patterns and Projects 10 Replies

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…Continue

Started by Eve Zelinsky. Last reply by Kathleen Minniti Oct 6, 2020.

Books and online resources 11 Replies

I would like our members to comment on and list books and resources they know of for this form of needlelace - reticella.  When we get enough responses, I'll add it all to the box above.  I think it…Continue

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Aug 17, 2017.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 30, 2020 at 8:04pm

I never learned how to do the Amelia Ars way of working Needlelace. I have tried it a couple of times, - but prefer the other way - laying the outline first, then doing the filling stitches. 

Isn't it good that there are alternate ways of doing the same sort of lace, and that each one of us can find our own "Best Method" and still get similar finished results?!!  I have 3 or 4 Italian books on Needlelace - the A.Ars way, even though I don't like doing it that way!!  and I did one simple flower side by side in both ways, just to see if they came out differently.  I must find it, and have a good look at it again!!  It was an interesting exercise to do!!

Comment by Ann Meyer on March 30, 2020 at 6:51pm

Thank you !!  What a treasure trove.  

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 30, 2020 at 5:41pm

Ann - I do have a page on my website with sequential photos showing how to work some simple punto in aria pieces.

Comment by Ann Meyer on March 30, 2020 at 9:19am

Dear Lorelei and Elizabeth, thank you for your comments.  This is so encouraging !  And thank you Lorelei for pointing me to the Pintrest board.  I will have to start some boards myself.  This must take so much time !!  I feel so fortunate to have found you and the wonderful people on needlelacetalk !  Be safe everyone during these frightening times !  (needle work helps so much at this time).

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 29, 2020 at 10:03pm

You are so right, Lorelei - there is no "One Correct way" to make needlelace. I do not work on a pillow - nor do I roll the pad around my finger like many of your photos show!!  I made myself a Needlelace Pillow out of an old coffee tine, - but never used it much as I did not like working on it! I use if for demonstrations to have a piece in progress pinned onto the pillow, and it sits in a little basket, so it does not roll away, - but that is all it is used for!!!!!

We each develop our own way of working,  much like doing bobbin lace, and handling the bobbins - Everyone is different!!!  Ann - go with whatever works for you.  So long as you get the stitching right - how you hold the pad or needle is entirely up to you!!!!  (I am noted for saying rather Radical things! It is the Rebel in me!!!!! :) )

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 29, 2020 at 7:21pm

Ann - I started needlelacetalk precisely because there was almost no one who even knew what it was or how to do it. And I thought the beautiful product deserved a wider audience and more practitioners. I myself have learned a lot from our members.

Your original questions mentioned the lack of consistency among sources about how many layers of cloth in the sandwich that supports the work in process. It is a matter of personal preference and the thickness and stiffness of the fabric. Just experiment until you find a setup that works for you. The point of having more that one layer of cloth is that, when the lace is finished, you can slip a scissors between the layers and cut the basting threads that temporarily held the cordonnet/outline threads in place.

I have a pinterest board set up which shows various ways of handling work in process. I don't think there is just one right way. Again, do what works for you.

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on March 28, 2020 at 11:47am

@Ann Meyer - I just sent you a "friend" request to tell you about a needle lace class I will be teaching in North Carolina in June, if it is not cancelled due to coronavirus. I can teach you the foundation of this kind of lace. But it's a guild event so you would have to contact them to see about space in the class, etc. Details through PM if you're interested.

Comment by Ann Meyer on March 28, 2020 at 9:29am

Thank you so much Elizabeth Ligeti.  You all are such masters at something that seems to be so rarely taught in person.  The internet is our answer to so many things that so many of us were not taught by our mothers or aunts or grandmothers.  I could see small towns across America setting up teaching centers for the communities for needlework art and craft, including needlelace.  I have asked so many people in my community (Occoquan VA / Northern VA) and I've not met anyone who even knows anyone who does any kind needle lace.  There is a great yarn shop here, and everyone is so knowledgable, but she does not know or promote crochet lace (like Irish crochet lace).  I am so grateful for this online community and for all of your tips.  You are a treasure !

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 27, 2020 at 10:20pm

I enjoy the "fun" of working out how to lay the entire outline in one continuous line/thread! laying it for a piece like the beautiful one Lorelei did takes a bit of "deep thinking" !!!

Ann, - a tip that I was told - you can connect the outline threads as you go over both outline threads already laid, or pass your needle between the 2 threads, so you actually only pass over 1 thread. the one thread method I prefer, as it does not make such a bumpy join.  But - It is a personal preference, and I suggest you try both ways and see which works best for you.  It happens in All needlelaces - where outline touch or cross.

Good luck with this project. Needlelace is a lovely craft, and is open to Lots of ideas!!

Comment by Ann Meyer on March 27, 2020 at 5:48pm

Thank you, Lorelei, this information at those links are really excellent, and I have also been scouring lynxlace the past few weeks.

I do understand the difference between reticello/a and punto in aria.  I am interested in doing both, equally so, but I have a feeling I will wind up liking the latter better.  At the moment, I am pursuing instruction for both.  Thank you again.  Ann 


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