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 Kathleen Minniti on November 8, 2020 at 11:49am

This next piece is intended to be a cup cover, and I designed my own patterns for the project featuring oak leaves and acorns.  I'm not sure how successful the leaves are - they could be anything, including maple!  This one is also cotton, but on a cotton ground.  I tried working it free-hand at first, but had to cut out and back it onto my pattern. I then worked Amelia-Ars style, with fairly loose anchors.  The edging is free-hand.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on November 8, 2020 at 11:45am

So I'm a novice needle lacer, but wanted to show off a couple of my recent projects. this one is worked DMC Special Dentelles size 100 cotton on a piece of linen.  

Comment by Jenny on November 7, 2020 at 3:12pm

Lovely! I can see 4 different motifs. So much work! Thanks for sharing. 

Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 7, 2020 at 2:43pm
Comment by Eve Zelinsky on September 14, 2020 at 9:13am

Has anyone worked with Buonpadre's second book of Reticella, book 5 Fior de Reticello? I'd love to continue on with this style but I can't quite tell if the book is just going crazy with contemporary riffs (color, varying hole size) or if we're going to get more advanced fills.
I'm also considering her book 4 on fancy hems but again, I'm not sure if she's included projects or guidelines for projects.

Comment by Jenny on September 8, 2020 at 3:32pm

Hi Eve,

I’ve looked at book 2 and I think I see the piece you speak of. It appears to be a tablecloth.  Those holes in the diagonal section would be cut separately.

I am talking about a grid of different sized holes. I’ve done a small grid where I withdraw different numbers of threads, and the results were rectangular holes. I only withdrew small numbers of threads though.  It would be interesting to take it to a larger number to see what I get and what I could design to go in it. It would all have to be done on paper first too see. 
The lady on Instagram has designed hers on paper. The holes are all the same size, though the edges are irregular. The result will be a whole spray of flowers and I am looking forward to watching it grow. I have done a small section with same sized holes and irregular edges to fit just one flower. Her piece is much much bigger. 

Comment by Eve Zelinsky on September 8, 2020 at 7:35am

Hi Jenny,

In regards to different sized holes, there's a piece over on Buonpadre's site under Reticella book two where she has a lone motif with two different sized holes. It's on a diagonal so the two smaller holes are nested aside the big ones. Or she has the small ones on the edge of a big one. If you wanted it on a whole grid, that's going to take some math! (So a 30 thread square can sit next to two 12 thread squares plus the 6 threads between the 12 thread ones)

Speaking of websites, some of the links above are broken or are functionally so (missing images etc.)

Comment by Jenny on September 8, 2020 at 2:20am

Hi Eve,

It’s been a while since I’ve done cross stitch, and yes, the colours will play against each other. The Reticella that I have done has been plain coloured. For me it was experimentation at getting the correct size hole to fit the design. 

I’ve seen on Instagram a lady from Japan I think that is doing a very large piece of Reticella and her holes are quit big to fit the flowers in that she wants. I look at how much fabric she is cutting out, and often think it is a waste and maybe the Punto I Aria way of doing it makes sense. I guess it’s all about the end product and how it will be used.

Now I’m trying to think if I can get different sized holes in the one piece of fabric! Now there’s a challenge. :) 

It’s all fun whichever way we do it. Just enjoy the journey.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on September 7, 2020 at 10:55pm

I mostly did my Reticella type lace without the fabric - sort of Punto in Area style - but laying a foundation thread couched to a pad, and then working the filling stitches. I found working within the fabric "not for me"!!  -=- though I love the look if the insertions when I see a completed piece!!!

Comment by Eve Zelinsky on September 7, 2020 at 5:04pm

Hi Jenny,

I guess in regards to the "camps", I'm mostly thinking of my experience with cross stitch where colors play off each other  so if you're experimenting there, you kind of need to do a little stitch-and-frog. I did do a "doodle grid" when going through on Buonparde's book.


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