Punto in Aria ("stitch in the air") is one of the most beautiful forms of needle-made lace. It is a elaboration of the Italian Reticella, another form of needle lace where threads were removed from the ground of the fabric and then lace was worked in the opening provided by the missing threads. But Punto in Aria did away with the fabric altogether -- laying grounding threads (which were lightly tacked onto a cloth) and then painstakingly weaving a pattern with the needle between the ground threads. When done, the ground threads were liberated from the supporting fabric.
So here are three examples of Punto in Aria done by my great-great aunt Anna -- the maiden aunt of my family and dedicated needlework artist. I have done small versions of this -- with larger thread and no where near as gorgeous...but I strive for the patience...and at this point in my life a really big magnifying glass!