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 Lorelei Halley on December 20, 2020 at 6:11pm

patterns for punto in aria, from Grace's Lace 

Comment by Robert on November 11, 2020 at 8:36pm

Wonderful work Kathleen! And I enjoyed the photos of the designs.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on November 9, 2020 at 3:48pm

Thank you for the tips, Carolyn Wetzel!  I'll try the glace hand-sewing thread for my current project once I'm ready to work the insert.  I will also keep your advice in mind about the silk.  I didn't think about it cutting the working thread at all - just that it wouldn't break on me if I accidentally pierced it and that it ought to be easier to withdraw once done.  I'll get try massaging the dents out of the finished piece when I get it on the blocking board. 

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on November 9, 2020 at 9:16am

Lovely work Kathleen! Thank you for sharing the photos. I look forward to seeing what you do with linen thread, I have a project with linen in my queue but it will be awhile before I get to it.

About the couching "dents", I find that some nudging with a bodkin usually makes them disappear, or even a light mist of water then smoothing with the bodkin helps. To me the greater risk you ran was that the silk thread could have cut into the cotton thread itself, since it is stronger and probably more tightly spun. I recommend a fine sewing cotton (e.g., 60/2) for couching if doing the close-spaced approach, and heavier glace hand quilting thread for the Aemilia Ars approach (that is what I was taught with in Bologna). 

Please keep sharing your progress!

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on November 8, 2020 at 10:20pm

OK, I've loaded a bunch of photos of the Acorns & Oak leaves designs I worked up, and my process photos for both the first, coarse practice piece, and then for the finer panel.  Enjoy!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 8, 2020 at 8:58pm

Very well done, Kathleen. Those pieces are very pretty, and what neat mounting and edging!! I never got on very well with the Amelia Ars way of doing Needlelace. I suppose it is what you get used to! 

I love the look of Reticella lace, and that piece on Facebook, Lorelei, that you gave the link to yesterday,  is Gorgeous!!

Kathleen has implanted the thought of Tatted Reticella, and I am still "thinking about" a square piece.....!!! Edges are not a problem, but working a square...!!!  Hmmm!!  Working in Needlelace is Much easier!!!  :)

Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 8, 2020 at 3:25pm


Marvelous pieces. You have done so well. If you would post these same photos to our PHOTOS section, then our members will be able to find them easily in the future. paragraph 4 has instructions.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on November 8, 2020 at 12:06pm

And just for the practice and to share my experiences with y'all, here's the free-hand version of that first piece.  I originally worked it in DMC Perle Cotton size 12, and was aiming for a Ship's-wheel motif.  This was a good learning process, and I really didn't like the fuzziness of the thread for this technique at all.  I had to work with really short threads.  Also, I seriously distorted the ground fabric because of not using a stretcher frame.  When I tried to use a frame, I kept getting caught up on it!  I ended up cutting all this out and re-working the edges as well as stitching to a pattern to work the lace inserts in the DMC Special Dentelles.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on November 8, 2020 at 12:01pm

Here is the same piece finally mounted into it's little square of linen, and edged with the same thread. I chose the cotton, because I thought all of my squares were cotton. Turns out many of them are scraps of linen voile, so I've dug out my 130/2 linen for the next one.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on November 8, 2020 at 11:52am

This piece is also cotton, DMC Special Dentelles size 100, but worked entirely on the card using fine silk sewing thread to closely couch the foundation lines, as described in some of the Victorian-era instruction books.  I'm not happy with the little dents those tight anchors left once removed. 


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