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 Sandra Popek on December 8, 2018 at 10:38am

Does anyone know any books on Needle Lace Grounds and Fillings? Thank You!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 3, 2018 at 1:35pm

Our BEGINNERS group has a lot of useful information. This page has book recommendations: Barley and Earnshaw are especially good. 

We also have free tutorials on this site. Look for the gray bar above, click on TUTORIALS. The Michael Dennis videos are quite good. I also have some free tutorials on my website.   

I started needlelacetalk specifically to address the problem you mention -- how difficult it is to find information about traditional needle lace. In concept the technique is not difficult to understand, but it requires a lot of practice to do good quality work. Unfortunately that deters a lot of people. But not our members.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 3, 2018 at 7:26am

Eventually, I would like to get in reproducing antique laces, but living in the USA it is hard to find information on it. So you know any books that will help me it would be greatly appreciated.  Thank you, Sandra

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 2, 2018 at 8:55pm

I would say yes. They will produce different effects. With needle lace, especially modern needle lace, there is no "one right way" to do something. Test various thread sizes on your pattern and decide which you like better.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 2, 2018 at 5:42pm

Will I be okay practicing my stitches with DMC-Cordonnet Sizes 30wt and 50wt?

Thank you,


Comment by Teri Dow on March 24, 2015 at 8:52am
Hi Lorelei, the information needs to go into the stitch source section but I do not have access this this. Sorry.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 18, 2014 at 2:15pm

I can't take credit for the software: ning created that. I just saw its capabilities and figured out how to make it work for us. I do have a facebook account, but only because it is another way of advertizing the entities I care about (my website, NLT, laceIOLI, I don't like facebook's software. It sends out invitations to play games, using your name without your knowledge. It is awkward for long detailed posts, and is awkward for large numbers of photos.  There are a lot of lace making beginners there. But it is set up for short comments of ephemeral interest, not for substantive, I-want-to-save-this-forever type comments. Facebook focuses on collecting likes and collecting friends. That isn't really what we are about here on needlelacetalk, or on laceioli.

Comment by Maureen Bromley on November 18, 2014 at 8:51am
Hi Liz, I am the same as you as I don't use Facebook or Twitter either. And Lorelei has had to help me on more than one occasion as well, for which I am very grateful.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 17, 2014 at 8:34pm

I am one of the "strange " people who do not do Facebook (or Twitter), I like the set up here, as even I, can navigate it - well most of the time!!  Lorelei is always there to help those of us who have difficulties, but even I, who is not very competent with a computer, can navigate around the site, and add photos etc. - A big Thank You, Lorelei,for creating it so it is easy for us all.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 17, 2014 at 3:25pm

Brona's diagrams showing the difference between the puncetto knot and the single and double knots used in oya.


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