Lace Tenerife

Lace Tenerife . It is a needlepoint considered one of the possible origins of the Ñanduti and the Maracaibo suns. The suns of Salamanca, roses from Tenerife and points of Catalonia are a type of needlepoint lace spread throughout Spain before the s. XVII and that as it disappeared, it remained in these three foci. This needlepoint that runs on a square or round pad called “pique”.


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  • 1 Histoia
  • 2 Technique
  • 3 Recommendation
  • 4 Source


The “Tenerife Lace” is a type of needle frog , from the family of radial warp frogs, which came to America from the Iberian Peninsula and the Canary Islands. It is a “modular” randa (small samples or “molds”), which is woven with the support of a round frame, where the radial warp is mounted. It is woven mold by mold, which will then be joined with another type of needle thread. Being of free theme, the motif or design of the TENERIFE Lace molds is defined as the variation of the basic points made on a radial pattern.

The MEDALLION, which is one of its traditional motifs, is so popular that it has long been considered as if it were the typical lace of Tenerife. It is a motif made only with knots (fillet) and allows a variety of designs according to the division of the lines and the distance of the rows from each other. A 1904 * weaving manual says “… it is probably the best-known motif among the lace models of Tenerife attractive and […] easy to execute”, confirming that variations in the distance between races or in the number of tied / warped threads, create new designs.

In Brazil , within the process of forgetting the variety of motifs of the models, for decades the MEDALLÓN point was considered the only point of the technique and, as if it were Tenerife’s own lace. Evidences of this time are the pieces composed only with medallions or adorned with a guard using only a MEDALLION motif that we can see on the TENERIFE VIRTUAL LACE MUSEUM site , see links indicated below:


The technique consists of forming spokes with a thread, and then joining or separating them with a needle and thread to form a drawing. In Salamanca they are always made round and are called suns, in Catalonia square and in Tenerife round ones are called roses. (Nieves de Hoyos Sancho, Embroidery and lace.


Dalia yarn of nº 8, 16 or 20 is recommended. Even in the La Roseta haberdashery (922709013) they sold the pad to make it, but Eusebia, the lady who made them stopped making them and they have no more left.


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