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 27, 2010 at 8:00pm
Rochelle, I have ordered some number 10 crewel needles from Lacis in the States as the store up in Courtenay did not have any that size. Hopefully it will not take too long to make it to me and through customs.
Comment by Naomi Rogers on June 25, 2010 at 12:10pm
Rochelle, I am once again on a hunting spree. There are absolutely no crewel(or embroidery) #10 sharp needles in town so I will look for these when I go to Courtenay for a lace luncheon next week.
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on June 24, 2010 at 5:54pm
Comment by Naomi Rogers on June 24, 2010 at 5:39pm
Yes, almost. I have to find a felt pen of some kind that will not run to trace the pattern onto the tissue paper. I have just been reading page 7, Preparation techniques. She says she puts the backing between the two layers of fabric. Is this the backing from the contact adhesive?
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on June 24, 2010 at 5:15pm
Nope, just ordinary everyday tissue wrapping paper. Light blue is the better colour for under white thread. It is a very good book. We discussed the development of it at length in classes. Sounds like you are ready to go.
Comment by Naomi Rogers on June 24, 2010 at 3:07pm
Rochelle, I got my book written by Marie Laurie on Halas lace. What a wonderful book......such clear instructions and diagrams. Anyways, she does indicate that you should trace the pattern onto tissue paper. My question is, can you use just regular tissue paper that is used for wrapping or is there a specific kind that is thicker for working this type of lace?
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on June 10, 2010 at 10:23pm
You want to have a really pliable wad to work on. One sheet of paper would be fine to start you on a small motif, either blue or white under contact. As you get on to bigger things you will want the tissue paper. You can use white tissue paper under blue contact. What you want is a firm twist, Southmaid looks on the internet picture like it would be okay.
Comment by Naomi Rogers on June 10, 2010 at 10:16pm
Rochelle, I have ordered the book Halas Lace by Marie Laurie. If the technical instructions and drawings are anything like her Borris lace book, then I know it will be great.

Yes, Southmaid is about the same size as Cebelia 10. However, it seems to feel the same as the Cebelia...soft not a lot of body. I could not find it in my thread book to see what type of spin it has. Cebelia has a 3Z spin, no S spins.

Also, I notice that you mention blue tracing paper. Is it possible to just photocopy a pattern onto blue photocopy paper and then cover the pattern with a clear contact film, or I could photocopy to a white photocopy paper and cover it with a blue matte film.
Comment by Rochelle Sutherland on June 10, 2010 at 9:55pm
Southmaid will do. Does it look about the same thickness as the cebelia 10?
Comment by Naomi Rogers on June 10, 2010 at 7:50pm
Rochelle, the only crochet cotton that we can get locally is Southmaid. I have a ball of white Southmaid crochet cotton but it does not say what size it is. It has that it is 100% mercerised cotton and is recommended for fashion garments, bedspreads, tablecloths, etc. It seems quite soft to me though. If you could give me a specific brand name, then I may be able to find it somewhere.

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