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Outlines and Stitches: A Guide to Design with Special Reference to Halas Needlelaces Hardcover – 14 Feb 1992

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. . a book for those who like to take basic information and create beautiful lace, but also for those who like to develop their own original work . . -- Marilyn Conklin, 'IOLI', Fall 1992

. .some fascinating photographs of needle laces . . easy to follow instructions, and all the necessary information on the page in front of you . . -- Glen Richards, 'Guild of Needle Laces', no.25, May 1992

A well illustrated guide to needlelace, including a wealth of practical information on stitches, designs and motifs . . -- 'Art Book Review Quarterly', Jan 1993, p.12

Pat Earnshaw is already well known for her excellent books on lace . . the account of Halas is clearly presented and well illustrated . . -- Betty Logan, 'Threads' (Association of New Zealand Embroiderers' Guilds Inc), Oct. 1992

This volume must be added to her list of successful works . . an excellent starting point for those interested in the history of needle lace . . -- Dr Pat Sterry, 'Text' (Textile Society magazine), vol.22, Winter 1994

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The choice of Halas lace as a subject for research was prompted by the fact that, in 1990, very little had been written about it, so that it was an exciting area for exploration. The lace itself fascinated me with its blend of peasant and art nouveau motifs, its characteristic groups of stitches and the unique use of darning stitch for the solid areas of the design. A number of visits to Budapest and to the Lace House (Csipehaz) at Kiskunhalas with its Museum and active group of lacemakers led to the production of this book.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic needlelace guide 12 Mar. 2010
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An excellent step-by-step technical guide by a needlelace expert on how to design and stitch your own needlelace projects. This is not a project book and is aimed more toward those who already have some needlelace experience.

The initial robot piece that the author uses to illustrate the technique is not very appealing, but it is possible to apply the techniques described to a project of your choice. What makes this book especially useful is the information on how to create different effects by using different threads and by varying the spacing, size, formation, and row direction of needlelace stitches. The instructions are accompanied by clearly rendered hand-drawn illustrations and small photos, but these are probably not detailed enough for beginners.

The first 71 pages consist of needlelace technique, and are followed by 31 pages of appendices on the laces of Hungary (primarily Halas lace) with numerous photos, some in color. The appendices basically constitute a separate book because the subject matter doesn't directly apply to the preceding text. The author has obviously done considerable research on this subject, and my guess is that the material wasn't publishable as a separate book and so was added on to this one. I subtracted a star for that reason. Although I have no particular interest in Hungarian needlelace I did find the photos inspiring.

It's a shame that this book is out of print and therefore so expensive that it's out of reach for the average stitcher. It may be heretical to say so on a book-selling site, but prices over $100 for a 106-page book make it more logical to check the book out from your local library and photocopy it.
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Absolutely excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I was eager to purchase that book for these interests and I was not disappointed. I am actually learning bobbin lace 2 Sept. 2015
By Deborah L. Gilson - Published on
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When I read that this book covered Halas lace as well as lace design, I was eager to purchase that book for these interests and I was not disappointed. I am actually learning bobbin lace, not needle lace, so my point of view was different. I enjoy also learning how different crafts are done if even I am not planning to do them immediately, or indeed, ever. Due to this point of view, I'm not sure how well the author teaches needlelace. It looks good, but I'm not sure about that.
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