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 -

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 20, 2018 at 5:01pm

Myriel - thanks for the information. I've added it to our recommended book list.

Comment by Myriel on December 20, 2018 at 3:19am

Hello Lorelei,

here's more info about the book.

Full title: Needlelace Stitches classic and contemporary
Authors: Ros Hills & Pat Gibson
Publisher: B. T. Batsford Ltd
Publication Date: 1989
ISBN: 0 8521 97586

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 10, 2018 at 10:03pm

Of course you can!  Look through our album of contemporary needle lace. I think you will find several examples of what our members have done.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 10, 2018 at 8:09pm

I know this is ahead of my skills but can you add pearls and sequins to needle lace?

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 9, 2018 at 4:46pm


I like your annotated list. Can you tell me more about Hills & Gibson? Publisher, publication date, etc. So I can add it to our recommended list.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 9, 2018 at 12:27pm

Thank you very much Myriel. This is very helpful to me! Merry Christmas, Sandra

Comment by Myriel on December 9, 2018 at 12:55am

Hello Sandra,
here are some personal recommandations from my own collection of books:

"Needlace Stitches"  by Hills & Gibson
This is my Nr. 1 resource for fillings and decorations.
It has the most stitches and variations I have ever seen in a book and even some I haven't seen in any other book before. Has simple drawn diagrams as well as photographs for each filling.

"Needle Made Laces" by Earnshaw
Has a good compact section about needle lace mesh grounds and very comprehensible, simple diagrams.

"Needlelace" by Earnshaw
Shows many fillings. Difference to other books is, that the diagrams are less schematic/simple and a lot more realisticly drawn.
That's an advantage since the oldish photographs of lace found in most of these books don't have great qualitiy, so these diagrams give a clearer, but still very realistic picture of how the threads in the pattern actually behave.
The best of both worlds, basically.

"Bobbin & Needle Laces" by Earnshaw
Shows many real-life examples of lace grounds and fillings in antique laces, some really close-up.
Great for getting a feeling of how to space out stitches, compose fillings, the influence of thread sizes and the overall differences between needles laces from different times.

"The Technique of Branscombe Point Lace" by Trivett
Also shows many fillings and decorations, each in simple diagrams as well as closeup photographs.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 8, 2018 at 4:57pm

Thank you Lorelei, that was very helpful. Have a Happy Holiday! Sandra

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 8, 2018 at 4:06pm

Sandra - The link in my comment below will take you to our recommended books list. Grimwood, Earnshaw and Barley all show some of the various ways to lay cordonnet (connect motifs), and show various ways to fill in the background.

Needle lace is a very large, even huge, subject. Over the span of centuries that it has existed different regional styles developed. The basic idea of the cordonnet remained constant (except for the Irish needle laces), but the ground stitches used varied a lot. Earlier forms tend to use heavier stitches, and more recent forms tended to use simpler stitches. My personal website has stitch diagrams for some of the most basic stitches. 

With needlelace figuring out how to lay the cordonnet is what connects the motifs to each other. Connecting the motifs to each other is the entire purpose of the cordonnet. Linking it to itself is what keeps the lace from falling apart.

Comment by Sandra Popek on December 8, 2018 at 11:16am

Please let me clarify myself is there any books that show you how you can connect your motifs and different ground stitches that are used?  Thank you!


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