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:




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

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.

oya books - my suggestion 4 Replies

I have been searching for an oya book for a while and it is either that they are unavailable, out of print or out of stock. my question to all our fine lacemakers out there is --- why not do your own…Continue

Started by winsome tapper. Last reply by Joy McKenzie Oct 9, 2012.

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Comment by Lola LB on November 4, 2015 at 3:21pm

I'm starting out with oya and practiced a bit with embroidery thread, but I think that is too thin.  I'm in the US - what are good threads to use to start out with? I got two spools of DMC pearl cotton, No. 8 but the color choices are limited at AC Moore and Michael's, and so it looks like I may have to order online. 

Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 7, 2015 at 7:37pm

a video of making an edging. Since I don't make this form I can't judge how good the video is. Not quite slow enough or close up enough to copy what she does. What do you all think?


Comment by Jean Bowen on May 8, 2015 at 1:43am

I have found Pinterest to be a great source of ideas and patterns,have just started Romanian point lace from a source on Pinterest. Excellent choice,Elizabeth, I am sure you will get some good ideas!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on May 7, 2015 at 1:33am

You will be pleased to hear that Elena Dickson's DVD on making knotted lace will be available from a new shop -  www.createinstitch.com.au - as a Downloadable DVD.

This lady has Credit Card facilities and purchasers will be able to download straight to their computers.  I received this news from Elena herself just now!

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 19, 2015 at 10:42pm

I know that lots of lace people are on Pinterest, so I felt it was safe to join!  I am very cautious about joining sites, so stick to ones I know others have found safe to belong to!  I have looked at pages there, but lately it has been blocking half the screen to get me to sign up - so annoying!

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 19, 2015 at 10:14pm

I have found pinterest useful for storing links to lacel photos. I have built up a huge collection. And some of the people who follow me and shown me photos I didn't know about, such as how cap lace was worn, portraits of people wearing lace, and some antiques I hadn't found on my own.

Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 19, 2015 at 9:41pm

I have just joined Pinterest - mainly to get rid of the annoying blanking out piece they put up on each screen when I go there - so I only see half the page! 

What beautiful Oya, Bebilla, knotted lace shown - though the Russian braid bobbin lace piece looks out of place there!!

Thank you Lorelei for giving us the link.

Comment by Jenny on March 19, 2015 at 6:15pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you! They are all beautiful! Did I say thank you?

Comment by Lorelei Halley on March 19, 2015 at 3:45pm

An album of oya-bibila photos. Some flower edgins, some mats.


Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on March 18, 2015 at 9:08pm

Yes, Lorelei, - they certainly look like a knotted lace to me, too. 


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