Needle Lace Stitches

Needle lace stitches. Here we will put stitch diagrams and stitch photos (that we make ourselves) so we can all be talking about the same thing. Needlelace stitches.

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Stitch sources 

Brona has really good diagrams:

I have the most basic stitches: 

A booklet of stitches from the Guild of Needlelaces, by Kay and Michael Dennis,  Learn a new stitch Booklet size of A5, not hard cover, a well illustrated pamphlet, total of four A4 pages folded, stitch list 

Charlotte stitch
Corded double Brussels
Corded double point de Venise and corded single Brussels
Corded double & treble Brussels
Crossbar stitch
Holey stitch
Jessie stitch
Kay stitch
Net and bar
New Eliza
Pea stitch
Raised point de angle Terre
Scallop stitch
Up and down stitch (Ardenza stitch)
Williamson stitch

See also the recommended book list in our BEGINNERS group -

Discussion Forum


Maureen Bromley's recent piece ABSTRACT DESIGN sparked a discussion of how to make little rings. So, we are starting an experiment. Anyone can join. I searched out the methods shown in DMC…Continue

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Maureen Bromley Jul 5, 2014.

Fig. 893 fourth stitch Encycl. Needlework 14 Replies

Inadvertently worked this stitch yesterday. Can anyone tell me please if it has an actual name for future reference. Thanks.

Started by Teri Dow. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Jan 10, 2014.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on April 2, 2010 at 7:35pm
Not sure what happened to my reply!
I always work the 3rd way - working over both threads.
I would not want ti try to find the whipped thred and just work over that one, - or just the stitch thread. the whiopping gives strength to the stitches, and is part of the structure, so work over the 2 threads.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 2, 2010 at 5:58pm
According to Nenia Lovesey there are 3 ways to do whipped Brussels. This is what I think she is saying:

Do our experts agree with her? Is one of these more standard or more common than the others? Is one better than the others?
Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 20, 2010 at 2:52pm
I've decided to duplicate here some links I posted in another place on our network.
The DMC ENCYCLOPEDIA, available online shows the twisted buttonhole clearly. Go to:
and look for figure 741 which is the plain twisted stitch. Fig 742 shows the whipped version, followed by several spacing variants of the whipped version. But I don't see anything there that is Hollie Point stitch.

I just found something else from the Powerhouse Museum Lace Collection, diagrams of some basic stitches, including double and treble twisted buttonhole:
This one has the Hollie Point diagram taken from Lovesey's book, on page 4:
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 21, 2010 at 2:22pm
Here is another link about stitches
Comment by Lorelei Halley on February 20, 2010 at 11:45pm
Here is a link to the online DMC ENCYCLOPEDIA. It is the chapter which shows engravings of the stitches.
We can use this as a reference.
If anybody has a lace where it is easy to get a clear photo of the stitches so that they are easily identifiable, please post a photo of just the stitch section, not the whole piece. Then we can name these and all being using the same words. I've been looking through my photos but none are just quite enlarged enough.

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