Filet Lacis

This group will include filet lacis and Buratto.  Filet lacis is made on a square knotted mesh, which was formerly handmade, using the same knot as an old time fisherman's net.  Buratto is made on a woven cloth with large spaces between the threads, but the decorative stitches are the same as for filet lacis.  The Lacis net can also be worked by hand in rounds, but the resulting round pieces are not embellished with additional embroidery.  Filet Guipure.

Filet lacis, filet lace, filet guipure, filet noué: these are made on a knotted handmade net with embroidery stitches added, especially darning and cloth stitch (toile). Buratto uses the same decorative and filling stitches, but uses a woven background fabric.

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Some books: 

This one is darning designs for square netting: 




The DMC Encyclopedia has a chapter on filet, and a separate booklet, available from Look for Dillmont

Links to the DMC booklets on filet lacis:  (This one is just examples.)
Also look there for Hardouin FILET BRODE and Orsoni

DMC online chapter on how to make the net, and some net embroidery stitches and motifs.

Project Gutenberg has Beeton's Encyclopedia online, which has quite a lot of filet, which she calls "guipure d'art". How to do the net starts with p 301,
and guipure d'art (the embroidery part) starts on p 503

In this one the netting starts on page 77 

Video of a Hungarian fisherman making a net the old way.

Exhaustive description of how to make the various nets: diamonds, rounds, square etc. Rita Bartholomew

A source for books, materials and tools:
Another supplier:

Other sources: very good, very SLOW mesh making   start   begin next row   increasing at end of row

Margaret Morgan published a very good book last year called "Filet Lace: Stitches & Patterns" Milner Craft Series.   2006 by Sally Milner Publishing Pty. Ltd., Bowral, NSW, 2576,  Australia
An excellent book with clear instructions and diagrams, and it takes you though in easy stages from elementary to more advanced. shows the various types of filet lace, too - 


Marie-Jo Quinault "Filet Lace - Introduction to the Linen Stitch" Clear diagrams on how to map out your pathway for working this lace, and lots of patterns too.


Contains a list of netting booklets:

filet lace, filet lacis, filet guipure, filet noue, Filet Arbeiten, Gipuer, filet brode, Filet Richelieu, filet d'art, guipure d'art, dentelle de Cluny. All of these names apply to laces made on knotted net. But Buratto, or Burato, is the name used for embroidery on square net which is not knotted ( a woven fabric with visible spaces between the threads).


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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on August 5, 2017 at 3:56pm


Laurie Waters has collected playlists of lace videos, sorted geographically.

She also has pinboards of lace suppliers, sorted geographically. 

Neither of these directly answer your question, but might be a starting place to look.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on August 5, 2017 at 12:22pm

Elizabeth, a netting kit can be purchased from Lacis that contains three sizes of double-ended netting "needles" and three sizes of guage.  They are online at, and if you enter "netting kit" in the search box you should have no trouble finding it.

Comment by Kathleen Minniti on August 2, 2017 at 11:42pm

Quite some time ago I saw a video of someone making a length of lace trim using a netting needle and gauge the size of a 000 or finer knitting needle.  I cannot for the life of me remember where, and I was hoping this would ring a bell for someone here.  I seem to recall the source was somewhere in the Nederlands or that part of the world.  Help?

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on May 3, 2017 at 10:40pm

I have heard of someone wanting to buy a filet needle - one with an eye at both ends, and a groove along the length between the eyes.

Does anyone know of a supplier?  I have never heard of these till a couple of days ago.  If anyone could help, I can pass it along...!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 14, 2015 at 1:36pm

Be sure to show us a picture when it is finished..

Comment by Jenny on June 14, 2015 at 12:54am

Thanks Lorelei.

I have  actually decided doing something a little like that, but over two rows of the mesh before I whip it. I am working the reinforcing thread back and forth between the two outer rows of mesh, trying to help hold them "together". The back and forth form of the whipping will add another layer, then when I buttonhole the final hem, I will lay still more threads  around the perimeter under the buttonhole stitch. The test will come when I finally cut it away from fabric. I'll let you know how I go.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 12, 2015 at 3:08pm

Another idea occurs to me. Possibily put in a few rows of running stitch along the outside edge, inside the threads remaining of the cloth. That might give you something a little sturdier to work over, in whatever edging method you decide to use.

Comment by Jenny on June 12, 2015 at 4:41am
I want the threads withdrawn right to the edges. I have seen a few pieces in reality that have been done this way so I know it can be done. Unfortunately the lady that worked them has since passed away so I cannot ask her. I thought that there may be someone out here in cyberspace who might have known.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on June 12, 2015 at 12:44am

The Leno netting pulls away very easily, so sewing it to fabric is a concern - for the net, not the fabric!

Pity you withdrew threads right to the edges.

 Sewing on a strip of the firm un-withdrawn fabric, and turning it under, is about all I can think of.- or just binding the edge with a wide binding of the same fabric, so the raw edge of the main part was well encased in the hem, might work.

Do please let me know what you decide, and how it goes.

Comment by Jenny on June 11, 2015 at 11:29pm

Sorry Liz, I can't help you with your problem either, but there has to be a solution! I would be thinking applique to solve it, then cutting the background away.

We seem to be on the same wave length. I would love to do a patchwork effect of filet, but I want mine done in all fabric to keep the colours the same, ie no little white corners showing through. Hence I am playing with creatiing my own mesh by withdrawing threads. But this is giving me a hemming headache.


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