Sol Laces

The sol laces include Teneriffe and Nanduti.  They originated in the highly elaborate corners of drawn thread embroidery, but are now made on a network of threads laid down in a spoke pattern, as radii of a wheel.  Motifs are usually round but can be square or hexagonal.  Nanduti often has very unusual and complex shapes for its motifs.Nandhuti lace, Tenerife lace.

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NEEDLELACETALK has a group for the sol laces.  Please look there.  

Alexandra Stillwell's book on Tenerife lace is available as a free download (by her gift) from:
There is also a DMC booklet on this form, available from the same online source. Look for Th. de Dillmont, TENERIFE

Other out-of-copyright books available on the internet from 



Also see:
My website has one page with a few photos:

A video showing how the work is done: 

An album of photos on NEEDLELACETALK:


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Comment by Jenny on April 29, 2016 at 5:06am
Liz, I think I would challenge you to the number of UFO's. Last count was over 50, and now I have started something else with a new baby arriving in the family later this year. My Teneriffe has been put on hold to knit a baby shawl, though my bobbin lace handkie edge does sit at the end of the dining table & sees light a few days each week.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti on April 28, 2016 at 9:38pm

Sandra, they look great. Well done.  I know almost nothing about this type of lace craft, - but I know when things look OK!!!!!!  I rather like the different centres, too.

As Jenny says, write down each change of stitch, and how many rounds you do of each stitch, etc - as it is so easy to forget.  I do various bobbin and needle laces, and find jotting down notes, or what thread I am using, etc a great help if I put things down, start something else, then go back to the first piece later on!  I am a great one for having a stack (or stash!) of UFO's!!

Do keep showing us your progress with this craft.  You might even get others of us to have a go!!

Comment by Jenny on April 28, 2016 at 9:05pm

Sandra I have no idea what is supposed to happen in the center. All I know is that I do it differently from time to time. Sometimes I just weave in and out, sometimes I do a backstitch. Personally, I don't think it matters, as long as the center it strong and will hold ends. I am all for working out my own ways of doing things. Just remember what you like and how you got there, and if you are doing multiples of the same wheels for a design, then they may have to be the same. Might be time to keep notes of what you did, how you found it, and what solutions, if any, you may need.

When I started the piece for my friend, I started with No 80 thread. it was what I had been using for  most of my trials. I soon learnt that this was going to take me forever, and I was on a time frame, so changed to No 20 thread. Who cares what thread we use? As long as it works and suits the purpose, go for it.

From what I can see in Nanduti work, they use thicker threads. I think a lot of the work is made to sell to tourists so it would need to be worked quickly. They also use different colours in the web to the weaving to produce some stunning effects.

Another page of inspiraton for you

Comment by Sandra Figg on April 28, 2016 at 10:21am

Lorelei, thanks!   I have been reading from the links ad watching the video.   I should have watched the video first, it answered a couple of ? I had.   Somehow I started looking at links and forgot to watch it, which is odd, because I'm always looking for videos to learn something.

Comment by Sandra Figg on April 28, 2016 at 10:20am

Jenny, the directions for the first one have you start by making a group of four in a backward stitch, and keep moving right.   Oddly, when I started the second one, I saw it was looking completely different, but didn't know why.   When I started in on the first row of dbl coral knots, I then realized that instead of doing the groups of 4 around the center, I had simply wove in and out of each thread for 8 rnds!   They created a very tightly woven center, with no separations.   (circle on left)  I have no idea where I came up with that, but I knew it was a problem.   I finished my rnd of knots and then snaked back down to squeeze in 2 of rnds of groups of 4, into the space below the coral knots.  The 2 rnds of grps of 4 were able to separate the threads into the bundles they needed to be in.  Eventhough they are a bit different I was happy to be able to do something about the problem.

I have been using 20 thread for both web & work, although the patterns say the web is lighter wt than the work.   Thicker thread seems odder to me, that it would be harder to work the needle between.

Comment by Jenny on April 28, 2016 at 3:47am
Sandra they look so pretty. Double coral knots on those groupings will hold them better, and a small polar graph under the work will help keep the lines even.
Comment by Sandra Figg on April 28, 2016 at 12:35am

I have finished 2 circles, each with their own problems.    As I learn not to do this or that on the last one, then I get to this one and make other mistakes, like forgetting what I'm supposed to do and doing the complete opposite thing.... then realizing it after you're already knotting the second round out.    I think I could get good at this!    But, it's going to take some work... but feels like play, so no problem!

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on April 26, 2016 at 10:38pm


I also have a POLKA DOT wheel, but mine is some kind of proto plastic. Here are some more online resources for you. We actually have more resources on needlelacetalk (also free to join).


Comment by Jenny on April 26, 2016 at 5:29am
Glad you enjoyed. Good luck with the sleep, my mind would be racing!
Comment by Sandra Figg on April 26, 2016 at 4:12am

Thanks Jenny, I love your blog!    I am also interested in reticella / puncetto types!   Can't wait to spend more time there tomorrow!   5:09 am here, best go to bed while there's still some sleep to be had!


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