Make, learn and talk about needle lace.
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.
Latest Activity: Jan 1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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.
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)
IF ANYONE COMES ACROSS ANY NEW INSTRUCTION MATERIAL IN ANY LANGUAGE, ABOUT THIS FORM, LET ME KNOW AND I WILL POST IT HERE.
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