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 Jenny on September 7, 2020 at 3:30pm

Hi Eve, 
I guess it is what you are comfortable with. I always experiment on small sections of the same fabric, never the main piece. 

Comment by Eve Zelinsky on September 7, 2020 at 11:10am

Hi Jenny,

There seem to be two main camps in the fiber world and a spectrum in between- the big, bold experimenters/play/creative outlet types and the "I'll stick to the pattern, maybe change one or two things"/keep my hands busy people. I'm more of the later- experimenting doesn't really come naturally, mostly because when I do veer from the pattern or "try something," I botch it so badly, I ruin the whole thing.

I may just change the pattern to use fills I do know that will approximate the visual weight and "flow" of the original.

Comment by Jenny on September 5, 2020 at 10:06pm

Hi Eve,

I know what you are saying about squishing a petal in. The only other suggestion I can give you is thread size and to make it finer. 

It’s all about proportion and experimenting. If it’s not working, change the hole size, the thread size, or both. 

Slightly off topic, I was once doing a buttonhole edge on some finer count Even weave linen. I was using Perle 8 thread and it was not sitting flat as the thread was too thick. I tried a Perle 12 thread  which did not cover. So then I went to stitch 5, miss one. No one new I missed a thread with a buttonhole stitch, it covered well and it sat flat. 

Moral of the story, experiment to get what you want. 

Comment by Eve Zelinsky on September 5, 2020 at 9:35pm

Hi Jenny,

I have been working from  Buonpadre's Ill Reticella. I tried the petal design approach but I did not get the results I wanted. It was hard to squish a petal, none the less four, into the square. Somehow the ladies of the Renaissance pulled it off; I found one image of an extant piece done this way.

Comment by Jenny on September 5, 2020 at 9:17pm

Hi Eve, 

There is a fabulous book by Giuliana Buonpadre ‘I’l Reticella’ No3 that explains the workings of similar shapes. The diamond shape  in her book has an open design in it, though the diamond foundation would be the same. The filled diamond that you are after would be just detached buttonhole stitch. 

There is a similar petal shape too, though each petal is worked in a different square, so giving support for the Center circle. In your photo, the circle might be worked as a detached buttonhole ring fist, then the petals worked from there. 

Hope this helps. 

Giuliana has a number of books on the subject. I have a few. 

i have done a little bit of Reticella using fabric as a base. It’s about getting the right size hole to fit the designs into. I was told to make the holes a certain size, though I found the hole size had to be changed depending on the filling design. 

Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 3, 2020 at 11:25pm

interesting question. I won't venture to guess. not enough experience.

Comment by Eve Zelinsky on September 3, 2020 at 8:42pm

Does anyone have any idea how these shapes (the top diamond shape and the bottom floral shape) from Pagano would have been formed? I found one period source that seems to indicate the bottom is double button hole leaves but they're formed on a loop on one side of the bar, so it's not very stable to work on. Any suggestions?

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on April 27, 2020 at 9:10pm

Thanks for that link, Lorelei. I am not on Facebook, so had not seen it. Wow! what a beautifully worked edge, and doesn't it look stunning?!!

I love reticella type laces.  I must try to get back to it, and work some! this might just inspire me.......!

Comment by Jenny on April 27, 2020 at 7:14pm

That piece is stunning Lorelei! I saw it on FB yesterday too.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on April 27, 2020 at 6:15pm

Posted on Early Period Lacemakers group on facebook


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