Embroidered Net

Tulle embroidery.  There are 2 kinds of embroidery on hexagonal net: Needlerun embroidery (Limerick), and tambour work, made with a tambour hook or chain stitch worked with a needle.  Also called  Lierse lace (Lier lace) or Coggeshall lace.

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Examples + Resources


Photos of needlerun and tambour embroidery, including stitches ;

Some good photos and diagrams of stitches, and her work: 

     The middle of this album has a sampler of needlerun stitches 

Work in Process

Do a search on google for Bordado entul reto and you will get a series of videos showing various stages of the work.


online resources- 


A new group with lessons on embroidered net -- needlerun.

Full set of videos from that site:

I have collected several links here, also  photos:  

Discussion Forum

Lacing on Netting 9 Replies

Hello!I would like to know if anyone here makes/ or has done embroidery on a netted background. I am planning on making something that resembles alencon lace (alencon lace stitches on the motifs and…Continue

Started by Stephen Bonapart. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator May 17, 2015.

Do I call it Needlerun/Limerick or just Embroidered Net? 2 Replies

Please have a look at my wedding veil album.  I called that lace needlerun because that's pretty much what I did - run the needle through the meshes until I had created the design I wanted.  I have…Continue

Tags: net, embroidered, Limerick, needlerun

Started by Kathleen Minniti. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jun 22, 2014.

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Comment by Kathleen Minniti on April 6, 2016 at 11:37pm

I don't know how to link my photos into this discussion - would someone please help? I put several process photos in my album here on laceioli.ning. Here's the link to that album:

I developed the pattern guides using a needle lace approach, because I was making this up as I went along.  I traced my final design onto tracing paper, covered that with clear contact paper, then gently basted it to the net.  Next, I carved foam blocks to fit inside my embroidery hoops to provide a supportive backing so I wouldn't stretch the net while working on it.  I also cut a pair of fabric frames to lay between the net and the hoops.  I sandwiched the net carefully to avoid distortion, then popped the pattern in and blocked it with the foam.  The work is completed with a blunt-tipped needle for the most part, although I had to use a beading needle to apply the pearls.  Ends are left long to start and cut once covered, and buried into the work at finish.  I'll try to add photos of the blocks and patterns soon.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 5, 2016 at 7:01pm


I have not taken any classes myself on embroidered net. But i study each photo I find online of that kind of work in process. Embroiderers seem to baste the paper pattern onto the cloth, and then stitch a quick outline onto the cloth so that the motifs are outlined with stitching. This outline is not stitched through the paper. The transparency of the net allows the stitcher to see the pattern and the shape of the motifs. So there is no paper to tear away.

Once the outline is stitched, the embroiderer then fills in the motifs with whatever stitches -- either needle or tambour -- she chooses.  With tambour in particular, you cannot leave the paper in place because you have to keep a finger below the hoop to keep tension on the thread which the hook pulls up.

I have collected a lot of photos on my pinterest board. Some of them show work in process, and you can see the paper behind the work.

Comment by Florencia Moore on April 5, 2016 at 10:28am

Hi Loreil! Sorry for replying super late (like a year later =.=") Right, she has the design on the paper and since started using that as it seems neater than using interfacing and then trying to tare it away or cut off. For tambour embroidery would they do the same? Or like stitch both paper and tulle and then dissolve the paper? Pictures I've seen don't show any paper backing... it seems almost freehand, but a beginner like me would sure make a mess doing that... haha

Comment by Olga R Gonzalez on August 7, 2015 at 12:12am
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on August 6, 2015 at 8:57pm

Wow! What an amazing piece. Thanks, Lorelei, for finding it and sharing.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on August 6, 2015 at 5:10pm
Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 27, 2015 at 3:51pm

Since we talking about embroidered net (sort of), here is a picture from a lace day in Spain.


Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on June 11, 2015 at 2:23pm

This isn't exactly embroidered tulle, but embroidered transparent fabric, chiffon (sp??), organza??

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on March 17, 2015 at 7:57pm

Gosh! I have not done any Limerick for Ages, - and I  have never done any tambour lace - yet!  I bought a set of hooks and the handle - and that is as far as it got!!

It is there on my "To Do: list!!!!!!!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on March 17, 2015 at 4:00pm

Hello. We have several members interested in tulle embroidery, but we have not seen any activity in this area. Those of you who are interested -- please post photos of work you have done, so we can admire it. If you are just beginning, show us photos of your samplers or doodle pieces. Even watching your learning process is interesting.

Have you worked out a way to start the work? Do you put a paper pattern behind the net so you can see the pattern? Or do you work freehand?


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