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.

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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 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 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I want the threads withdrawn right to the edges.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 Sewing on a strip of the firm un-withdrawn fabric, and turning it under, is about all I can think of.- or just binding the edge with a wide binding of the same fabric, so the raw edge of the main part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.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on June 11, 2015 at 9:27pm

Can't help you with that, Jenny. sorry.

But I do have a question of my own - how does one stitch a Lenop net (the purchased woven net) to fabric? I would love to insert Filet squares into fabric (or cut sqyuares of fabric to stitrch between filet net squares - make a patchwork, in other words, but I just don't know quite how to work the joins,. the Leno net is easy to puull apart, so it might need to be doubled over, but then there would be raw edges....!!!!!!!

I go round and round in circles - and get no-where!! If anyone has dome something like this, I would Lover to hear from them.

This might help solve Jenny's problem, too, as it sounds like she has wound up with a net 'fabric' to finish off.

Comment by Jenny on June 11, 2015 at 4:16pm

Lorelei thanks for the reply. I know that 4 sided hem and have done it a few times myself. The problem is I have "holes" in my fabric where I have withdrawn the threads, so there are places where there are no threads to 4 side stitch around.

I am liking it like the "lacy edge" in Hardenger, the difference being the hardanger edge is cut 4 leave 4, where my edge is cut 2 leave 2. 

In hardanger the remaining threads are needle weaved  while in this type of filet they are all wrapped for strength. They are only slight differences between the two, but a world of difference in a practical sense.

Any other suggestions would be grateful.


Comment by Administrator on June 11, 2015 at 2:06pm


I have not done anything exactly like what you describe. But I have used 4 sided stitch as an edge stitch on pulled thread work and on an embroidered tablecloth. Even 1 row of 4 sided stitch seems to be sufficient, but working a 2nd row inside the first, over folded fabric would be very secure.

Does anybody have any more ideas?



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