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With Jeanine Robertson probably pursuing other work such as translations for books and contributing other work, I feel like there is a gap now.  Her blog is/ was an excellent resource for all sorts…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carolyn Wetzel Dec 31, 2017.


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Robert commented on Lorelei Halley's group Reticella-reticello Punto in Aria
"Wonderful work Kathleen! And I enjoyed the photos of the designs."
Nov 11, 2020
Robert replied to Eve Zelinsky's discussion Reticella Finished! in the group Reticella-reticello
"Bravo!  Very inspiring work!"
Oct 6, 2020
Robert commented on Rebecca Beesley's photo


"Congrats on crossing the finish line!"
Sep 20, 2020
Robert commented on Margaret Stephens's photo


"I personally think it is a very good book. I need good visuals and Margaret is a good teacher in her books. I will never forget Margaret sharing how to make picots (I cannot remember the Italian term...maybe gruppetti?) on this forum years ago...for…"
Aug 13, 2020
Robert commented on Lorelei Halley's page Recommended Books and Videos in the group Beginners Needle Lace
"I admit I also miss seeing work by Elizabeth Ligeti and Lynette Hale.  But they have a fine body of work for me to admire."
Jul 4, 2020
Robert commented on Lorelei Halley's page Recommended Books and Videos in the group Beginners Needle Lace
"Linda, I look to seeing your needlelace pictures.  I am a fan of your work."
Jul 4, 2020
Robert commented on Lorelei Halley's group Reticella-reticello
"Inspiring video.  Thanks Carolyn!"
Feb 22, 2020
Robert commented on Lorelei Halley's album

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"Your devotion and passion for needle lace is noticed by me.  And thank you for all you do!"
Aug 28, 2019
Robert commented on Lorelei Halley's group Beginners Needle Lace
"Thank you Lorelei.  I find these videos inspiring to watch  :)"
Jul 13, 2019

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At 3:05pm on July 30, 2017, Linda Moore said…
I'll be glad to heip you learn. I started by making myself a puncetto handbook. I printed all of the diagrams on how to make the knots and motifs. I then cut and arranged these diagrams and pasted them in a notebook. Then I practiced and made the motifs. I glued the completed motifs next to their picture and added notes if needed.
At 12:11am on July 30, 2017, Linda Moore said…
Hi, Robert. Thank you for the wonderful comment. I hope I can inspire you to learn how to make puncetto lace. I am self taught, my teachers are the wonderful people who posted tutorials on the internet. Puncetto is one form of Mediterranean knotted lace. Iwas going to learn reticella needle lace but found puncetto instead. Now I'm hooked. If there's anything pucetto related that I can heip you with please don't hesitate to ask.
At 8:51pm on June 10, 2017, Lorelei Halley said…


Your question is interesting, and it is part of the reason that I started needlelacetalk. I myself am not knowledgable enough to distinguish all the various needle laces from each other. (I am far more of an expert on bobbin laces. But I am a great admirer of needle lace and those who make it.) So far as I know the only online material about lace identification aim at showing how to distinguish needle lace from bobbin lace, or from embroidered net, or from machine lace. I am not aware of any site that will help you with the fine details of the various needle laces. Here on this network we have members who have tried to learn various of these national or geography-based laces, and in specific cases they can probably tell you some of what you want to know.

the first thing would be to join our  HISTORY-IDENTIFICATION group and ask your specific questions there.  If you look at our YOUGHAL-KENMARE group you will find a book review I did last year for a book put out by Elizabeth Kurella, a lace merchant. She used laces she had access to and a simple how-to book by the late Irma Osterman. From that book I learned that the Irish needle laces used only a single thread as the outlining thread for the motifs and whole lace. Other western and central European needle laces used a double outlining thread. 

In your example of Burano -- I have been trying to figure that out myself. (What the distinguishing features are.) 

If you go to each of our groups, there will be a recommended book list in most. These lists will include how-to books that might help you make the distinctions that you want to do. Also, in our BEGINNERS group the list includes Barley, Earnshaw, Delesques-Depalle. These all have chapters on several laces and discuss the technical differences between them. 

Also our PHOTOS are sorted into albums, some by those who posted the photos, and some that I have collected in order to bring laces identified as of the same sort into groups that can be studied for specific differences. What I am trying to say is that I do not know of any reliable site that can answer your question. We are working on it ourselves, slowly. Some of our members have posted photos of antique laces in their collections, often with knoledgable comments. You might also look at those albums.

At 6:01pm on June 7, 2017, Lorelei Halley said…


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