I Could Use Your Help! What Is This? How Is It Made?


What is this? How is it made?  I have never seen anything quite like it before.


My sister recently sent these two beauties to me in a box filled with treasures from my Great Grandmother's trunk. (I will be sharing more about the box contents in April along with pictures of the amazing box they were sent in and a little introduction to my little sister who can make anything new - old again!)

Both pieces are in perfect shape. No stains or tears or damage and the individual threads are very strong.  But they are creased badly in places - a result of being stored in an old trunk for years and years and years I suppose.

Can anyone help identify the kind of work and give me suggestions for removing the creases. Pressing OK?

Thank you!

Hi,Pam It's sol lace ou


It's sol lace ou teneriffe lace.
It's not nanduti, that is a Paraguayn lace, not modular and made with a fabric that is take off.
It's not tatting or frioleira, that is made with a navette.
Ii's not harpin lace, that is a kind of crochet.
Sol lace is a needle lace an is made with a frame. Look lacemaker photos at www.rendasol.org.br.
Can I put this photos at my site Teneriffe lace museum virtual? (http://nhandutimuseuvirtual.blogspot.com/) They are very interesting.
Best regards
Elizabeth H Correa

When my aunt was a missionary

When my aunt was a missionary in Paraguay she brought me back a beautiful lace tablecloth made like this. It's actually on my table right now. :)

I have doen something like

I have doen something like this is the past as Hairpin lace

Hi, Pam, Definitely Teneriffe

Hi, Pam,

Definitely Teneriffe (aka Sol lace or nanduti). I've done some in the past. The round motifs are worked separately on a form (some examples are shown here - http://www.knitting-and.com/small-looms/loomsandyarns.htm) or on pins pushed into a foam core. They're overcast together to make larger motifs and sometimes straight needlelace fillings are added. here's a Teneriffe doily I made years ago - http://www.flickr.com/photos/spindexr/2293819552/.

Teneriffe is often mistaken for hairpin lace, but hairpin lace circles start as a straight braid. One side of the braid is gathered, so you have a thick spot in the middle that looks like a bunch of loops gathered. Teneriffe has a thick spot in the center as well but the threads *cross* each other, like spokes.

The doilies look like nanduti, the Paraguayan version. If you do a google image search on nanduti, you'll come up with dozens of photos of similar doilies.

As for removing the creases, if the thread is reasonably strong, you should block the doilies. It's very fiddly. dampen them with distilled water from a spray bottle and pin out every one of those edge loops with stainless steel pins. It would help if you are able to prepare a template in advance. Draw some circles with saucers or glasses that are the approximate size of the motifs and use the outlines to guide you in pinning.

Hi Pam, I see that every one

Hi Pam, I see that every one has found out that it is Tenerife lace. You can also look up Paraguay Nanduti lace, same style!

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She mostly does leather work for her Etsy shop. She's RIDICULOUSLY talented - she played fiddle and sang in my ex's band for 6 years.

I was going to say tatting as

I was going to say tatting as well. Pam, I have some pattern books that I inherited from my grandmother that look similar to this (somewhere in my stash). Let me see if I can dig them up in the near future and photocopy some pages for you.

Also - I have a DEAR friend that just moved to Washington who is an artist that makes her own lace pieces like this. Maybe I can connect the two of you.


Dear Pam this lace in

Dear Pam this lace in Portugal is called "frioleiras". it's hard to find anyone who makes as it is done with the fingers and a small piece of fish-bone called "navete". I have some doilies I inherited from the chest of my grandmother's wedding. In Portugal girls made ??their "enxoval" and filled several chests with sheets, tablecloths and bath sets, napkins ... all hand embroidery (I think you also have/had this custom in the United States). You can see some types of laces that were made in Portugal in Bem-Vindo ao Museu do Bordado e do Barro em Nisa(unfortunately some kinds of embroidery don't have who can make them anymore). As regards the treatment I think that the first treatment was made with egg whites but not sure how it was done, sorry cannot help any further. All the best and enjoy your treasures (mine are still in the small chest I also inherited because seeing them it hurts a litle bit still) Cristina

Hi Pam, I am pretty sure that

Hi Pam, I am pretty sure that is hairpin lace. The lace is worked around a loom, it's a crochet technique (but you only need to know sc, I think). Basically what you get is a strip with a bunch of long loops on either side. Here it looks like one side of loops was gathered to form the more dense centers of each little circle, while the other side was allowed to spread out, and was connected with the other pieces of hairpin lace. You can see some great tutorials on Stitch Diva (here: http://www.stitchdiva.com/tutorials/hairpin-lace) and some gorgeous modern examples of it, too. Pretty!

Yes, I think it's teneriffe

I think it's teneriffe lace. More examples here, including images of a tool for making it:


OHMYWORD!! Hahaha!! I asked

OHMYWORD!! Hahaha!! I asked this same question 2 days ago on Instagram/Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/thingsbright/6957686207/in/set-721576295232...

I think Gin is right about the hairpin lace. Tatting is more swirly. Sweet!!

I have many doilies, so I didn't buy that one...I may have to go back now....

Hi Pam, It's me again. You

Hi Pam,
It's me again. You can find a lot about the sol lace (Tenerife lace) here:


Hi Pam, My name's Krystna.

Hi Pam,
My name's Krystna. I'm from Poland. I've visited your blog for quite along time - it's so interesting!
I think the lace looks like sol lace (we call it Tenerife in Poland). It's so beautiful. You are lucky to have such a treasure!
Lots of love from your fan from Poland,

Ooooh, so pretty. It looks

Ooooh, so pretty.

It looks like hairpin lace to me, so try googling "hairpin lace doily image". I have an old Reader's Digest Needlecraft book that has a section on hairpin lace.

If you press it, use plain white cotton cloths above and below it. Use lots of steam and not a lot of heavy pressure. It might help to use a padded board and gently block the doily in place.

Gin, I believe you are

Gin, I believe you are right.  The doilies look much closer to hairpin lace than tatting as they are completely open work.  And so delicate.  The threads in the round doily which is only 5" in diameter from tip to tip are so fine they are only a third as thick as standard sewing thread.

Thank you for your help regarding the suggestions for pressing.  These pieces are just too beautiful to be crumpled up in storage any longer.

I don't know much about lace

I don't know much about lace work burt my guess is that it's tatting. Whatever it is it's gorgeous! I can't wait to see/read more about that box. What a special treasure.

HI Pam, kind of reminds me of

HI Pam, kind of reminds me of tatting. My Aunt used to do this kind of thing.
And wow, these are really beauties!!!