Halas Lace

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

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Latest Activity: May 11, 2016

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 Naomi Rogers on June 10, 2010 at 6:52pm
Thanks, Rochelle, I will have to pull out my crochet threads and see if I have anything that is suitable.
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on June 10, 2010 at 6:23pm
Hi Naomi,
Glad you like this lace, it is lovely. You will need your machine broder 30 for the filling. The Machine broder 50 is okay to couch down your outline thread, but I often use normal sewing thread, or 100 finca or 100 DMC if I can find it for couching. I would not use the Cebelia at all at this stage. Once you get a bit better used to it, you can experiment a bit with those, but for now it is a loose twist and doesn't quite hold the shape the way it should. See if you have a crochet cotton in the cupboard that is a nice tight twist for your outline thread, or if you have to buy one, specify not cebelia. If it really can't be helped and you can't get anything else, the cebelia will do, but it would be easier with the other.
So, you should have three different threads as well as your other supplies, see comments below. I too can't buy threads locally, or anything else really, so I have to plan ahead.
Comment by Naomi Rogers on June 10, 2010 at 11:54am
Hi Rochelle:
I love the appearance of Halas lace and am trying to figure out what type of threads you require to make this lace. I have DMC machine broder 50 which is very fine and DMC Cebelia 10 which is very thick. Which one would you use for couching the outline? I am also wondering which thread you would use for the filling......DMC machine broder 30 or DMC Cebelia 30. One is very fine and the other quite thick. I am assuming the finer one for the filling but for the outline I am not too sure. I have found a dealer that sells the book by Marie Laurie, and hopefully, be ordering it soon. I always like to know what other supplies I require as it is difficult to find anything(including threads) in the area that I live......everything has to be ordered and takes up to three weeks to get to me.
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on May 20, 2010 at 4:54pm
One step at a time, there's no hurry Pam.
Comment by Pam on May 20, 2010 at 2:22pm
Hi Rochelle I must confess I don't know very much about Halas lace, but willing to have a go! Unfortunately very busy at work at the moment so not much spare time. Will try to get cottons etc together.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 18, 2010 at 10:13pm
Thanks, Rochelle. It won't be till later this year, as I am heading overseas soon - first stop the IOLI Convention, where I am doing mornings in Milanese lace, and afternoons in Knotted lace (all that way to take a class with an Aussie!!!!!!!!! ) However, I definitely want to do some Halas, so will get back to you later on. Yes, that simple flower looks to be a good start. I have a variety of mainly DMC crochet cottons in various numbers, and also some balls of DMC Cebelia #20 if that is any good for the outline thread. Hmmm! I look forward to starting this lace later on.
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on May 18, 2010 at 6:50pm
I thought it might be a good idea to start with a basic flower, the same as the flower on the beginners needlelace icon, and fill it using Halas stitches. You make the pattern up by tracing on blue tissue paper and sandwiching it between clear contact and calico or muslin doubled over. Tack through the whole lot around the outer edges and you are ready to start. You need three types of thread. I use DMC 50, 80 or 100 for couching the outline. The outline can be DMC crochet cotton 10 or anything like that, but tighter twist than a perle. The filling is worked with DMC 30. Last but not least you need a sharp crewel needle, size 10. We've talked about needlelace pillows on other discussions, I use one a lot with this lace. Let me know when you have everything together and we will make a start.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 17, 2010 at 10:36pm
I have Marie Laurie's book, and intend having a go (especially as I have an Hungarian husband!!!) I just need to find the time..!! Maybe later this year, but certainly not at the moment.
Glad to know you can make this lace, Rochgelle, - I now know where I can get help if necessary!

I have worked a few stitches from the Pat Earnshaw book, "Outlines & Stitches". That has quite a bit of halas in it.
I have just received the Marie Laurie, and Annette Meldrum book on Borris Lace, too. Marie's mounting is superb. so neat, and such tiny stitches! She is a wonderful needlewoman.
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on May 16, 2010 at 7:06pm
Would you like to start Pam, or have you already done some Halas?
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on May 16, 2010 at 3:27am
I've seen a few comments in members intersts about learning Halas and I really like this lace, so I would like to see people doing more of it. There is a really, really good book out by Marie Laurie, it's readily available and it is very clear. I'm biased because she was my teacher. So let's get started...

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