Single point de Venise
- Petit point de Venise
- Little Venice point
This needlelace stitch consists of a detached buttonhole stitch into which a small knot stitch is worked.
Single point de Venise translates as Venice stitch – presumably named after the needlepoint lace for which Venice was famous from the 17th century onwards. The origins of this particular stitch are hard to ascertain as it only seems to become known under this name after the 19th century: Mrs Beeton features it in her Book of Needlework under the name petit point de Venise; Caulfeild and Saward use the name for a needle-weaving stitch which is also known as point de reprise.
N.B. there are various needlepoint lace techniques (rather than stitches) which also feature “point de Venise” in their names.
Slide the needle under the top edge of your cordonnet and up in the loop of the working thread to complete a tight buttonhole stitch.
Work a second detached buttonhole, this time taking the needle into the loop behind the stitch just made. Tighten against the first buttonhole.
Repeat these two stitches along the top edge of the cordennet, ensuring they are evenly spaced.
Whip down the cordonnet at the end of each row to allow for the height of the stitch.
To work the next row, repeat the stitch in the opposite direction by working the two buttonhole stitches into each loop of the previous row. Obviously your buttonhole stitches will also face the opposite direction from the previous row.
Structure of stitch
Ros Hills, Pat Gibson, Needlelace stitches - classic and contemporary (1989) , p.40
Isabella Mary Beeton, 'Beeton’s Book of Needlework', Beeton's Book of Needlework (1870). Available at: http://www.beetonsbookofneedlework.com/ (Accessed: 01 December 2021)