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Needlelace is the method of working detached stitches to fill an area.  The design area is outlined with stitching (e.g. backstitch) and then a series of stitches are worked into the outline to form the needlelace.  The needlelace itself doesn’t pierce the fabric.

Needlelace is normally found within either Stumpwork or selected Whitework techniques.

Needlelace Stitches