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 Amber Lackey on February 22, 2012 at 7:37pm

I like the little circles on the edges also. It gives it a different flair.

Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 22, 2012 at 2:39pm

Patty: Your nanduti is lovely.  I posted comments on the photos.

Antje: These are very interesting.  The two large ones particularly.  Interesting how she added those little round motifs on the outer edge.  They make the piece more interesting.

Comment by Antje González on February 22, 2012 at 6:43am

Hello. I am finding this needle talk group very "dangerous": I would like to join all groups included! But then I would have to spend the whole day reading messages and writing...

I am also fond of sol laces. Haven't done much though. I bought Alex Stilwells book and did my first steps. 

Today I am showing you a picture of Teneriffe laces with original pillows made by a local lacer from there. Hope you like them.

Comment by Patty Dowden on February 20, 2012 at 9:48pm

I acquired a beautiful Nanduti doily not long ago.  It has practically every attribute of Nanduti in one piece.

Complete Nanduti Doily

Nanduti Doily Center

Nanduti Doily Round Motif 1

Nanduti Doily Round Motif 2

Comment by Beth Schoenberg on February 12, 2012 at 12:30am

Yeah, this vendor's photos used to be some of the best on Ebay;  now they leave something to be desired.  I think she needs a more up-to-date camera.  :-D

She has many photos toward the bottom of her listing, including a close-up of each corner, but she offers no enlarging capability.  I usually key my screen to something close to "giant" size (Ctrl plus + to enlarge -- several times -- then Ctrl plus - to reduce down again).  On this piece, you can go very large and only just begin to see how the design stitches were worked --- it's a bit of a shame, really --- but it would also help if I knew more about how to make Nanduti!

The filling stitches between the sols are lovely, too --- pretty special-looking.  Isn't the presence and design of connecting/filling stitches one of the identifying differences between the various styles of sol laces?


Comment by Lorelei Halley Administrator on February 11, 2012 at 1:47pm

I just wish the photo was a little better.

Comment by Beth Schoenberg on February 11, 2012 at 7:39am


This is a time-limited message:  Item # 160731321583 on Ebay is a Sol/Nanduti lace-edged handkerchief.  Still a day to go, as of this writing -- the seller wants USD 20 for it (but with a $13 postage charge).

The wheels in the four corners are very elaborate, the "sunrays" stitched together in four very fine, intricate designs.  I've never seen any quite so fiddly! -- but they're beautiful.  One design looks like little fountains or pine trees extending out from the center;  another is a wreath of tiny leaves.


Comment by Beth Schoenberg on January 23, 2012 at 12:42am

This is definitely in the serious eye-candy department!  The information following is current at this writing, but VERY time-specific, because the ebay seller could remove the photos at any time.

An *exquisite* sol lace mantilla was sold in Dec. 2011 on ebay.  The item number is 180746563674.   It's listed only as a "fichu," but the shape and size of the piece was also (and still is) used for mantillas in the Hispanic world.  The variety of stitches and designs -- both for the sols and for the connective fillings -- is amazing!  It's almost enough to make me drop whatever else I'm doing, and start making this lace alone.   :-D    The very last photo shows the most stitch detail.

The seller was eastayton;  she's been selling top-quality and museum-quality laces on ebay intermittently for several years.  This lace sold for USD 544, after 13 bids.   Anyone who might want to know who other vendors of better and best laces on ebay are can contact me -- I have several on my "favourites" list.   Usual disclaimer:  I have no stake in any of their enterprises, I'm just a happy customer (occasionally), and blissful drooler (frequently).  Good thing computer keyboards are cheap.


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