Sol laces - Soles

Sol laces include Tenerife, Nanduti, and Hvar. These are all made on a base of threads laid as spokes of a wheel. Motifs are often round, but may be hexagonal, square, or sometimes complex shapes.

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Some sources of information

Alexandra Stillwell's book on Tenerife lace is available as a free download (by her gift) from:  When you click on PDF the download will start immediately. 

Stillwell, Alexandra. The Technique of Teneriffe Lace, Charles T. Branford, Watertown, Mass , 1980, 149 pages. Note: with permission from the author. Posted May 20, 2009.File size 11.9MB PDF

There is also a DMC booklet on this form, available from the same online source. Look for Th. de Dillmont, TENERIFE

A new Japanese language book on Nanduti. Pages appear to be photos of individual motifs. So the lace maker follows what the picture shows. No verbal text. NANDUTI PARAGUAYAN EMBROIDERED LACE--JAPANESE CRAFT BOOK SP4

A set of patterns/templates by one of our members: 

How to make a tenerife cusion: 

ELIZABETH HORTA CORREA has several online sites: She says

At presente my two blogs, nhanduti.blogspot and rendatenerife.blogspot can be acessed at same adress :

At same adress is also  Teneriffe Lace Virtual Museum and my two facebook NHANDUTI DE ATIBAIA and ELIZABETH HORTA CORREA. And the Pinterest "ELIZABETH CORREA - Renda Sol, Sol lace, Soles, Renda Tenerife"

And at Youtube NHANDUTI DE ATIBAIA there are 3 step-by-step videos.

Also see:

Croatian sol lace of Hvar
My website has one page with a few photos:

A video showing how the work is done: 

Our album of photos: 

Other out-of-copyright books available on the internet from 



Photos of various sol laces and sol lace templates -   

Discussion Forum

Update on discussion of what people like to use as a base to make Teneriffe Lace 9 Replies

hello group membersI am new to Teneriffe Lace and am trying to find an affordable, reusable and comfortable form on which to make Teneriffe Lace. Would you be willing to offer a brief description of…Continue

Tags: Lace, Teneriffe

Started by Jess. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Aug 5, 2019.

Tenerife Lace tamplates

Dear Ladies,I have done some sol lace many years ago but wasn't taken with it.I do want to try and do it again. Could you tell me, please, whether you make your own templates for you pins or did you…Continue

Started by Miriam Gidron Jul 8, 2017.

Connecting pieces? 1 Reply

Hello all.I've been making those little medallions using the instruction from recommended books. However, I couldn't figure out how to connect them together. Continue

Started by Jaarlee. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Nov 24, 2014.

Learning Teneriffe Lace using The Technique of Teneriffe Lace by Alexandra Stillwell 20 Replies

I am thinking that it would be fun to learn this lace using the above free book.  I am going to start with the design on page 37, DMC thread size 20, and the Teneriffe Wheel - Circle from Snowgoose. …Continue

Tags: Teneriffe

Started by Linda Dumas. Last reply by Linda Dumas Apr 5, 2013.

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Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa on August 5, 2020 at 9:09am

Thanks, Patty


Comment by Patty Foley on August 5, 2020 at 8:00am

Elizabeth Horta Correa   your article in the Bulletin was great.  thank you

Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa on August 5, 2020 at 4:35am

Thanks, Lorelei. You encourage the study.

I am happy to collaborate so that the Sols are not forgotten and see that people explore the technique well.

Good works. I love this middle part, Jenny. I cannot do it so good!


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on August 4, 2020 at 11:23pm

Your article in the Bulleting was excellent, Elizabeth. I really enjoyed it. than k you for writing it.

This discussion is very interesting, and to see the various ways you prepare your pillows/cushions to work on.

The samples shown are great. I love the white mat with the 6 outer rings, and the beautifully worked centre.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 4, 2020 at 8:09pm

Ladies, all

These are marvelous photos of various working methods. Extremely helpful!

Comment by Jenny on August 4, 2020 at 8:07pm

Some photos as promised. My little pad (mauve) is made of template plastic, pellon and cotton fabric. It is sturdy enough to hold, yet still flexible to work. The green is my polar graph covered in contact (see through sticky plastic) The graph goes onto the pad with double sided tape, and the pins go into the side of the pad ready for me to work. The pin placement is according to the graph. I can make what ever shape I want.

Comment by Elizabeth Horta Correa on August 4, 2020 at 7:58am

Jenny and others arachnes

At Brasil there are several kinds of loom. Now I use a wooden loom, but a long time ago I used to make a little cushion with heavy card covered with plain cotton. I think wooden loom is more stable and secure. 

If you like the theme (is the unique lace I do), Spring 2020 Bulletin edition there's an article of mine that talks about the way to weave the Soles in different countries of America. 

Elizabeth Correa

Comment by Jenny on August 4, 2020 at 7:10am

This is fabulous seeing how everyone works! It’s late here so I will try and post something of mine tomorrow. I believe the South Americans use a base of fabric stretched in a frame. When I first stated I used a fabric base held in a hoop and found there was not enough tension. My little sample was bowed. 

Comment by Patty Foley on August 3, 2020 at 11:38pm

thank you Sarah Bradbnerrry --- I visited your site --- need more time, and I was able to download the patterns ... :)

Comment by Sarah Bradberry on August 3, 2020 at 11:21pm

This is my favourite cushion for motifs up to roughly 4 inches in diameter. When you use pins you need to use ones with a flat top and push them in all the way, otherwise they get in the way. 

I've made paper copies of all of the antique Teneriffe lace looms and templates I could find and covered them in plastic so I can use them on appropriately sized pin cushions. My biggest cushion is about 12" square and made from an old yoga mat covered in batting and fabric. My others are all stuffed extremely firmly with ground walnut shells or bran.

My medium sized cushion.

Extra large cushion

I even made some templates out of industrial waste. These are the circles cut from gaskets of some type during manufacturing. I drilled holes in them with a dremel and use them the same way I use the paper templates. 


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