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 November 11, 2010 at 9:24pm
The encyclopaedia is interesting, and might help if you wanted to do an insertion. I will try to take a further look and read it thoroughly.
She is usually very helpful, but I am not too sure about this. however the reference should be available, I think.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on November 11, 2010 at 4:22pm
I recall seeing recent discussion of how to get to the next stage, just past learning the stitches. I was looking at the Encyclopedia of Needlework today for other reasons and noticed that there are several examples illustrated in large enough detail that they might be useful.
http://encyclopediaofneedlework.com/chapter_14.html Look about 2/3 down in that chapter. That's where the Armenian lace section begins. Is this actually useful?
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on November 8, 2010 at 10:05pm
Thank you for posting those photos of your scarves with oya around them. They are SO pretty.
Hmmm! I Definitely have to have a go at them again!! :)
Comment by Adele Rogers Recklies on November 2, 2010 at 12:36pm
A friend is bugging me to arrange a trip back to Turkey for the two of us next year. Would anyone be interested in a small group tour to collect and study needle oya? The trip might entail Istanbul and one oya-making center like Bursa.
Comment by Nicole Gauthier on August 16, 2010 at 6:23pm
I am glad that you like the picture of my mat. I also bought a few scarves with the little oya flowers around and I promise I will take and send a photo soon.
My summer was very busy but I hope to make a a new try at that technique in the fall.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 16, 2010 at 5:13pm
You all might want to look at the recent discussion of point de Grecque - punto Greco in PUNCETTO. It is made in the south of Italy and Silvia thinks it is related to Armenian.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 16, 2010 at 2:37pm
The photo was posted recently by Nicole Gauthier. It is lovely, isn't it.
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on August 15, 2010 at 10:37pm
I believe Oya has a double wrap around the needle for the knot.
Is All oya made like this?
Comment by Elizabeth Ligeti. on August 15, 2010 at 10:32pm
Elena Dickson has a 2nd book, - "Mediterranean Knotted Lace", and it has new designs in it. Soft cover.

I love the large mat shown above. I had a Great class with elena at IOLI, Portland, and said I would make her big mat (though I did tell her not to hold her breath, while waiting!!! :) ) Her lace was beautiful, and I have a much better idea of what I should be achieving, now I have seen a selection of excellent samples for real, not just photos.
Comment by Lorelei Halley on August 15, 2010 at 3:55pm
Since several of our oya enthusiasts prefer a separate group, I have created one. Please be aware that some early discussions of oya exist in the PUNCETTO group. New members should probably look there first, for early stages of the conversation.

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