Oya-Bebilla-Turkish-Armenian-Mediterranean knotted needlelace


Oya-Bebilla-Turkish-Armenian-Mediterranean knotted needlelace

For all our members who want to talk about and learn Oya, Bebilla, igne oyalari, Turkish, Armenian janyak, Mediterranean, or Kene knotted lace.  As far as we can tell the knotted buttonhole stitch is the same, but style (design) varies, as well as the kinds of objects that are typical.

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Books and Resources for Oya/Turkish/Armenian/Bulgarian Needlelace


Armenian Lace by Nouvart Tashjian, republication of 1923 Book The Priscilla Book of Armenian Needlepoint Lace

Knotted Lace In The Eastern Mediterranean Tradition by Elena Dickson, 1992, ISBN 1863511210
Mediterranean Knotted Lace by Elena Dickson, 2005, ISBN 1863513469  It has new designs in it. Soft cover.

Elena Dickson Bibilla Knotted Lace Flowers,  (Milner Craft Series)

Elena Dickson, "The art of Making Knotted Lace",  a DVD Published by Fleetwood Audio-Visual, Elena is the sole distributer.  Holly Van Sciver has some  for sale in the U.S.  The DVD teaches all the techniques for making knotted lace and I demonstrate how to work all the techniques used in my first two books.  The techniques for making Bibilla are the same apart from the double and reverse knots. Using the DVD in conjunction with her Bibilla book, the flowers should be easy to learn. If anyone wants a copy they can contact me on elena.dickson@optusnet.com.au. Make sure that the subject has the word lace in it otherwise I won't open and delete unknown addresses.  "...

Armenian Needlelace and Embroidery by Alice Kasparian, 1983, ISBN 0914440659

Oya Culture since the Ottomans by Taciser Onuk, 2000, 2005, ISBN: 9751724511 It shows how to make the little flowers that decorate the scarves, in Turkish and English
Igne Oyalari (Needleworks)/ Igne Oyalari Cesitleri ve Isleme Yontemleri/ Kinds of Oyas and Embroidery Techniques, by Taciser Onuk, 1980, 1981, 2nd ed 1988, ISBN 975-458-008-01
Igne Oyalari published by Ondori , 2008, with clear visuals, all Japanese, ISBN 9784277311663

Turk Oyalari Katalogu (Turkish Lace Works - Oya - Catalogue) Volume I (I.Cilt). -- Crochet Lace Works (Oya) with Beads, Ankara, 2001. ISBN: 975-17-2020-6 Volume 2(II.Cilt). -- Needle Works, Lace Works with Different Techniques and Materials, Ankara 2001. ISBN: 975-17-2020-6. Color catalogs, no instructions; in Turkish and English
Davtyan, Serig, Armenian Lace (in Armenian with English and Russian summary), Erevan, 1966.
Davtyan, Serig, Armenian Embroidery (in Armenian with English and Russian summary), Erevan, 1972.
Davtyan, Serig, The Embroidery of Marash (in Armenian with English and Russian summary), Erevan, 1974.

Priscilla Armenian Lace Book, online, published 1923 and therefore legal.


For good annotated lists of printed resources about Oya and Mediterranean knotted laces look at the bottom of each of these pages:


Dickson, Kasparian & Tashjian are available from Holly Van Sciver.  All three of the books being sold by Holly van Sciver are really good, but only the Tashjian and Kasparian ones have much info specifically about Bibilla/Bebilla style Oya (Oya is a general term referring to the trim edging, while bebilla refers to the method of making it that uses a Mediterranean/Anatolian/Armenian/Turkish type of knot). In my opinion, Dickson has the best instructions of the three for making the knot and for making basic doilies, edges, etc. Her other book, "Knotted Lace in the Eastern Mediterranean Tradition", has some bebilla instruction.


This video actually shows how to make the stitches, but it does include some rows made with a crochet hook:    http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xb9wzh_yyne-oyasy-nasyl-yapylyr-1-fevziye_creation 

These 2 videos show how the stitches are made, how to wrap the thread around the needle, in such slow motion that it is really easy to follow what she is doing:



and anoather:  https://youtu.be/1QazKmtnjQA

And another:


Hatice's video. She makes corded knotted buttonhole stitches with 2 twists around the needle, for an edging. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdVw7LINDmU  and    


Oya Needle Lace Guide,  A booklet by our member Berta Hesen-Minten, available from her website:  http://www.threadteds.com/prestashop/category.php?id_category=37

This video shows how to make an edging starting with the 1st row which is sewn onto the cloth.  You can see the hand and thread movements of how the stitches and triangle shapes are made.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koSQVkDojkc 

This has a lot of instruction, in German and English:  http://oya.spitzenkiste.de/  At least 3 of our members recommend it.

Photos of finished projects, including tablecloths:


Brona has clear stitch diagrams on her blog:


Brona's diagrams of some of her edgings:




A set of videos on how to make this kind of lace. Might be a good resource.

https://www.aypoupen.com/5852/armenian-knotted-needle-lace-tutorials/ ;

http://www.youtube.com/user/lacenews/videos?sort=dd&flow=grid&view=1&page=1  for videos of all forms of handmade lace.

the Japanese Igne Oyalari is available from The Lacemaker (Ohio, USA) for US $35 (she also has the Tashjian and Kasparian books)



Discussion Forum

Greetings, and some questions. 13 Replies

Hi, fellow lacers!First post here. Greetings from the Crescent City! I'm primarily a tatter, but I've dabbled in some needle lace before.I'm especially interested in oya/bebilla and the "floral"…Continue

Started by Hollie Domiano. Last reply by Hollie Domiano Apr 12, 2018.

What weight thread do you suggest for jewelry? 1 Reply

I'm new to the group, and "forum challenged", what weight thread would work best for jewelry?  Right now I use oya to trim my dolls  - for that I use my fine bobbin thread lace threads.  Is silk the…Continue

Started by Diana Therriault. Last reply by Amy O'Malley Nov 11, 2015.

Armenian Needlelace makers in the Idaho/Utah area? 6 Replies

I am learning the Armenian Needlelace (janyak), using the Dickson, Kasparian, and Tashjian books.   I am half Armenian, and my mother's mother made exquisitely beautiful doilies and edgings.  My…Continue

Started by Kristine Baum. Last reply by Elizabeth Ligeti. Jan 18, 2013.

Using Armenian needlelace as a trim for clothing 4 Replies

I've had a small amount of experience doing Armenian needlelace, mostly just practice on the edges of ribbon, or handkerchiefs. I'd like to use it as an edging on a pair of cut off jeans. I've only…Continue

Started by Keddie Preston. Last reply by Loretta Holzberger Oct 9, 2012.

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Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on February 29, 2020 at 10:56pm

Thank you, Loretta. Yes, I will miss Convention/s too. I have so enjoyed them, and met so many lovely ladies - and a few gents!! and have so many Happy Memories of them.  One of the Disadvantages of getting old, I am afraid!!  I can still sit at home and make lace - of one sort or another, anyway, so all is not lost!!! And as long as the Internet works and I can get on to some Lace sites, I will manage!!!!!!!! :)

Comment by Loretta Holzberger on February 29, 2020 at 10:34pm

Oh, Liz, I'm so sorry to hear that you won't be coming to convention this year or the future ones.  We will miss you.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on February 29, 2020 at 9:28pm

Now that is a class I just might have taken if I was able to come to convention this year. Unfortunately, we are unable to travel overseas any more (Dr.'s orders, as well as not getting any health travel insurance as we are over 80- and they don't want to know any Oldies!)

I have been to 9 conventions and enjoyed every one, but now I have to sit at home, in Midwinter here in Australia in July, and hope to read about it in the Bulletin!!!

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on February 29, 2020 at 1:47pm

Are you interested in learning the Bosnian form of Eastern Mediterranean knotted lace? Ramza Saliefendic, a native of Bosnia who learned this beautiful lace as a child, will be teaching a class on it at the IOLI Lace Convention this summer in Mesa, AZ. Find details here: https://sites.google.com/internationalorganizationoflace.org/2020-i...

Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 12, 2018 at 9:44pm

I received this answer from a member of arachne.


For information about OYA: See Piecework 1996 July-August starting on page 22. It discusses the history, as far as it is known. Also, 2011 July-August has an article on Turkish Oya. I've read that every country in the middle east has its own name for Oya.

 Jean Reardon    Western Pennsylvania"

Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 12, 2018 at 6:12pm

I wonder if the Cypriot lace was related to puncetto, or to oya? I have no idea.

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on August 11, 2018 at 11:58am

I've had an inquiry about the history of Cypriot knotted lace in the UK. Does anyone have information about this? Was/is there Cypriots in the UK who made it? If so, let me know and I'll pass it along to the interested person, or put you in contact with her. Thanks!

Comment by Carolyn Wetzel on August 11, 2018 at 11:55am

Congratulations on your book, Victoria!

Comment by Victoria Ong on July 16, 2018 at 3:43pm


My book on needle lace techniques for beginners is out!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on May 9, 2018 at 5:26pm

Does anyone know how old oya is as a technique? A question arose on facebook, but we need a date with evidence. Any information?  Here is the video which sparked the question.



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