Halas Lace

For anyone who wants to learn about or discuss Halas needlelace.

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Latest Activity: Feb 1

Halas lace resources: books, webpages etc.

This website has photos of Halas lace. The gallery page has a video, which has some brief shots of the lace being made. The laces are not shown in enough detail. But the catalog page does have some images which can be enlarged, so stitches may be identifiable. 

A facebook page, be sure to look at the PHOTOS.


Marie Laurie has a book about Halas Lace 'Hungarian Needlepoint Halas Lace' an Australian Interpretation.  ISBN 064639097.

Lacefairy has some enlargeable photos of the laces, plus a book list. 

This one includes Kalocsa as well as Halas. 


Laurie Waters of lacenews has collected a list of Youtube videos on Halas lace:  

Some photos of Halas lace: 

A short account of its origins and history:

Do a search on:     Halasi csipke

Discussion Forum

Making Halas Lace 3 Replies

Excerpts from a Halas lace article and project written for the IOLI Bulletin Summer  2014.I was asked if I would share the article I wrote for the IOLI Bulletin with this group since not all of you…Continue

Started by Loretta Holzberger. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Sep 2, 2014.

Halas books and links 3 Replies

How about if our members post, in this discussion, information on any books they know about on Halas, or links to websites with instructions or even pictures of Halas. I think needlelacetalk has info…Continue

Started by Lorelei Halley. Last reply by Lorelei Halley Jan 3, 2011.

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Comment by Lorelei Halley on May 11, 2016 at 11:37pm

Some Hungarian needle lace in process, and photos of especially good finished pieces, posted on Facebook today by Kovacs Tibor. I assume they are Halas lace.

Comment by Christiane Machabée on September 3, 2014 at 6:08am


Thank you very much for sharing information as precious as the one about the Halas technique. 


Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 24, 2014 at 1:47pm

Loretta Holzberger has an article on Halas needle lace in the current issue of the IOLI Bulletin. It is very good, and explains the basic working methods and how it differs from western European needle lace.  Congratulations, Loretta, on a job well done!

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on January 7, 2014 at 8:31pm

Laura, the butterfly is about 4" across, or maybe just a bit larger.  Thanks for the suggestion about rolling the cord edge when stitching into it. 

Comment by Laura Sandison on January 7, 2014 at 6:58pm

Beautifully done Loretta!  The balance of the cord and thread seem perfect! How big is the butterfly? I think that by "rolling" the cord edge down a little when working the stitch into it keeps it further to the back. I keep my finger under the padding along the cording when I try to stab the cord. That seems to help it roll. 

Sadly, the 210/2  thread is a difficult choice, but it works.

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on January 7, 2014 at 12:26pm

I just completed my first piece of Halas type lace.  I have uploaded it to the photo file in Loretta's photos, and hopefully it will be added to the Halas files.  It was certainly a challenge attaching the working threads to the cord on the back side while keeping the top side of the cord looking fresh.  I also didn't know how difficult it would be to do the woven parts.  They were certainly a challenge, and I was using 80/2 thread.  Laura, I admire you working with 210/2 threads.

Comment by Lorelei Halley on December 29, 2013 at 3:06pm

Laura: thanks for the link.  I didn't know about the facebook page.

Comment by Laura Sandison on December 29, 2013 at 12:07pm

I'm using probably a 210/2 for a very long term piece. My outline looks like tanne 50.  I have a little trouble seeing it, but it's laying nicely. Just found a Facebook page for it...  If you have an account, it allows you to follow it. I rarely get on there so it may inspire me to be more active there. 

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on December 28, 2013 at 9:28pm

I just bought Pat Earnshaw's book and joined this group.  I'm beginning a butterfly design, and have chosen to use #10 Cebelia for the outlines and #80/2 Egyptian cotton for the fillings.  What threads have others used?  I tried doing the weaving with finer thread and gave up in frustration, so settled on these threads. 

Comment by Selena Marie Joosten on October 9, 2013 at 3:41pm

In you photos of lace, there is a child in picture No 20 doing such an incredably complicated piece.


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