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 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!

Comment by Jenny on April 26, 2016 at 3:32am
Sandra, the above is my personal blog. If you check out the labels on the left, scroll down & click on Teneriffe. They should all show.

I use a graph under mine, it helps me keep the lines of knots even, as well as any woven blocks similar size.

Starting & finishing anything is rarely clear in any book. I find my ends are so tightly woven in the center, I can just cut them off. If I have woven sections, I take the end down through the center of the weaving, the cut it off. If I have an end hanging near the outside, I buttonhole over it in the finishing round.
Hope this helps.
Comment by Sandra Figg on April 26, 2016 at 3:13am

Jenny, is there a place I can see photos of your work?   Please share!

I found my directions vague in many ways, and to the point of not knowing how to tie off and finish, so needle is still attached.   Also, I found the directions had to be for the large wheel, because all that was never going to fit on the small one.   So, after I got the first set of knots done, my only choice I could see on the pattern was to do the edge finish.    I decided to try something I saw in a picture, where 4 sets were wrapped together, and there was still room to tie off.    It has many faults - like my first set of knots were further away from the center on the second half.    I didn't really know what I was doing, but managed to finish, right or wrong, except for the last knot.   

Comment by Jenny on April 26, 2016 at 1:29am
Sandra, the knot illustrated is a coral knot in the embroidery world, and yes that is what I use. Sometimes I do it twice to make it holds better. Yes it can slip, especially if you are grouping lots of spokes together. This is when I would do it twice. I would never do a slip knot, it's not strong enough to hold. Remember, I am self taught.
Comment by Sandra Figg on April 26, 2016 at 12:12am

I found this book with a pic right at the beginning of 'the knot' - hope it's the one I'm looking for.   I'm trying to mimick it, and doing better than I was.   I was afraid I was going to wear my thread out, I took it out so many times!    I would think the knots would still slip up and down the piece of thread though... what keeps them in place so they don't move later? 

from this book: 

Comment by Sandra Figg on April 25, 2016 at 11:03pm

I have finished the center weaving of 8 rnds.   Now I'm supposed to go up about 3/4" and make slp knot around each single pair.    I can NOT get my slp knots to hold or even look like they are going the right direction.    I have not found a video either to try to see what I'm doing wrong :(

Comment by Jenny on April 25, 2016 at 10:38pm

I used to start with, then developed my own way of doing things.

How many you group together depends upon the design. sometimes I don't even group any together, I just weave. It's the different conbinations of groupings, weavings, knotting, outside shapes etc that give different designs. Different numbers of spokes will also have an effect. That's why I use template plastic & make my own graphs. I can have as few or as many spokes as I like.

Comment by Sandra Figg on April 25, 2016 at 9:04pm

This is the book:

It could have said MORE!   Most of the things that it does say, didn't make sense till I already did them wrong!    For instance, it wasn't till I took my thread thru the hole and tied it ont he other side, that they tell me that I'm working on the BACK.    Also, it wasn't at all clear that the loose end was going to be what tied with the end when you got done wrapping.   I was never sure if I was supposed to try to keep the spokes straight or let them twist - which was from the confusion of exactly what direction to wrap this spoke, then that spoke.   I did learn that if I put my thumb on the string I just finished wrapping, it kept it tight, then switch to thumbing down the opposite one, etc.   And one showing the way I FINALLY understood to bring the thread around groups of 4 at a time:

Comment by Jenny on April 25, 2016 at 6:01pm

WOW Sandra, that book looks fabulous.

I have been doing Teneriffe Lace now for a few years, just playing mind you, and I started with Alexandra Stillwell's book. It is a great place to start. 

My Mother used to make daisy wheel shawls back in the 1970's for all the new babies born into the family, and after reading Alexandra's book, found out this was also a form. I have made one, but have moved on now to finer threads and my own wheels.

I have made my own wheels out of template plastic, two layers, with batting in between, then cover with a cotton fabric. Then I put pins in around the outside ( the batting lets me do this) and just wind the thread around. I have developed circular graphs to lay over the top to give me a working guide. 

The template plastic is rigid enough to hold the tension, readily available, and can be cut easily into whatever shape I want.

Liz, that Pinterest page is interesting, I can see some of my own pieces on there.

Comment by Sandra Figg on April 25, 2016 at 3:27pm

well, hmmmppphhh!   You'd think I'd realized right off that I won't follow that exactly, because I have a wheel, so my approach will be different, and yet, her pics on how to wrap the thread will be helpful :)


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