In the mid-1970s and early 1980s, Joan Gantt published many lace-like designs for needlepoint. They were stitched primarily in Paternayan wool, but lately I've been thinking using fibers such as silk 'n ivory, perle cotton, and 6-strands of splendor. These fibers would produce even more elegant varieties of the designs.
Joan published a booklet of some of the designs. She used eyelet stitches and Smyrna crosses to produce the lace-like designs.