Needle Lace

True needlelace is made only with needle and thread, on a temporary backing. 

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Latest Activity: Sep 14, 2021


NEEDLELACETALK is a network I created on ning in February of 2010, for true needlelace.

Needlelacetalk includes reticello, Pag, Turkish/Armenian oya, and puncetto, as well as traditional western European needle laces such as Alencon, point de gaze and gros point.

NEEDLELACETALK also has tutorials for beginners, and active groups for reticello and aemilia ars.

Margaret Ruhland, a member of needlelacetalk, has recently added a great many close up photos of antique needle laces in her collection.  Worth looking at: 

Each of her albums is a different piece.

Discussion Forum

Needlelace Bookmark 7 Replies

I've finished the bookmark sampler except for the buttonhole stitch edging, but I'm not happy with the center section. Yes, it's my first piece, but it bugs me, and I'm thinking of cutting out and…Continue

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti Sep 14, 2021.

Logo Project 1 Reply

I'm getting ready to start my needlelace project  that I referred to in my thread about converting a logo.  The Chesapeake Bay Program graciously gave their permission for me to use their logo for my…Continue

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Loretta Holzberger Sep 11, 2021.

Converting a logo to lace 6 Replies

My lace guild (along with several others in our region) is making a display of lace pieces (all types of lace) to use as an attention-getter for demos, fairs, etc.  The theme is "Cherishing the…Continue

Started by Trinity. Last reply by Trinity Aug 8, 2021.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on August 4, 2021 at 5:53pm

a new needle lace group on facebook. in French

Comment by Carol Fenlon on July 17, 2021 at 4:22am

Hello everyone, delighted to join this group. I have just joined laceioli and posted a few photos from my needlelace collection. I look forward to having more input, meeting other members  and learning lots here

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 26, 2020 at 4:49pm


Here are instructions for posting a photo on this site. Assuming that you have a photo.

Comment by Carolyn Purcell on June 21, 2020 at 2:24pm

Thank you all so much for your good suggestions.  They have helped me clarify what to do. I really appreciate it.

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on June 18, 2020 at 9:01pm

Based on your description, if you want the final butterfly to look more realistic, I would use outline colors that match the filling colors, like Loretta suggested. Especially the dark color on the body. But if you use a slightly different color that complements the others, that can tie the whole piece together visually (but maybe leave the body dark).

If doing the photograph/coloring as suggested by Sally is too hard, you can just take some lengths of thread of the different colors and lay them around the edges to see what will happen, perhaps even loosely overcast the edges in a way that can be easily pulled out. 

Sounds like a lovely project!

Comment by Sally Olsen on June 18, 2020 at 4:21pm

Take a picture of your butterfly on a sheet of white paper.  Print copies on paper.  Then color the edges different ways on each copy.  This will allow you to see what happens if you use white or black or pastel or dark.  You could even try a contrasting color to see what happens.  A lot of this depends on personal preference and what materials you have available.  

Look at a field guide for butterflies and moths or visit a butterfly garden if you want some inspiration.

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on June 18, 2020 at 3:48pm

Do wish you could share a picture of your butterfly.  I think I would outline each area with the same color used in that area. 

Comment by Carolyn Purcell on June 18, 2020 at 3:43pm

Hello all.  I'm seeking suggestions for the finishing cordonette on a multi-colored piece.  It's a butterfly, predominately white but with 6 areas of deep purple and 6 of pale pink. The outer edge is all white except for purple on the inner edge of the two bottom wings, as well as around the body. .  Do you outline everything in white, or do self-colors on the non-white parts?  I'm sorry I'm too technically challenged to post a photo.  Thank you for any suggestions.

Comment by Florencia Moore on June 5, 2020 at 4:51pm
I thought I would give you guys a little update. I have now received the book suggested to me by Sally and while there are some round needle lace fillings described and shown, this particular filling is not in there. I will take a more in depth look and see if there is any mention or hints as to how it could be made based on the technique the book shows... fingers crossed! Thank you so much for your input and your interest! this group is my favorite <3
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 29, 2020 at 5:11pm

Tell us whatever you find out, and show us pictures of your finished work. This is a very interesting exploration that you are doing.


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