Oya Bebilla Armenian Turkish Kene Igne oyalari, needle oya

Oya Bebilla Armenian Turkish Kene Igne oyalari, needle oya

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Comment by Joy McKenzie on September 6, 2012 at 5:55am

I have just ordered a copy of that book from a shop here in Australia.....thanks a million for all your help, now I wait for the book and then to get going

Thanks again


Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 6, 2012 at 1:28am


I myself don't make oya, but from reading the discussions of our members it appears that most of them favor Elena Dickson's book. (Find details on OYA opening page.)  You may still be able to find a copy.  I know there is at least 1 American supplier who has it.

Comment by Joy McKenzie on September 5, 2012 at 11:42pm

I am now sure that I want to learn the Oya  and Mediterranean laces...I prefer to make it in the hand as I have seen it done o the You Tube site

Comment by Joy McKenzie on September 5, 2012 at 11:23pm

Thank you for the advice will go to the beginners pages, I really like the Oya Knotted best, so hope that I can get help...I have been searching for a good book on it and have also been on You Tube...it is hard to actually see the movement on the videos...but I am going to have a go.

I am wondering if I can get some books at my library

Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 5, 2012 at 11:10pm


Glad to hear you already have a book.  Grimwood is well known and a recommended text.  But it is about what I would call true needlelace or classic western European needlelace:  you start by couching a cordonnet and then anchor the stitches to the cordonnet.  Oya and Mediterranean knotted needle lace is basically different in that the work is done in the hand, no couching or backing is needed.  

As I understand it, needle lace can produce basically 2 different kinds of flowers.  The 3D kind involve using wire as a stiffening, sort of as a substitute for the cordonnet.  These are done in the "true needle lace" manner.  Oya flowers usually are 2 dimensional, but can be 3 dimensional.

Are you clear about which kind you want to do?  Oya and "true needlelace" are both needlelace, but the working methods are somewhat different.  I urge you to join both the OYA group and the BEGINNERS group.  Go back through the discussion of past months to see examples of what our members have done.  Then you will be clearer perhaps about which direction you want to go at the start.  Once you join those groups, you can post comments and questions there, and get answers from our helpful members who are eager to encourage beginners in either form.

When you start a piece, post a photo and our members can then advise you about improvements or reassure you that you have it right.

Comment by Joy McKenzie on September 5, 2012 at 5:50pm

Hi Lorelei,

Many thanks for you comments, I have a book that I bought a few years ago for Needle lace it is called "Starting Needlepoint lace" by Valerie Grimwood. I am most interested in the 3D flowers, they look so very beautiful....hope to find some instructions for them.....I already looked at some blogs which seem to be very helpful and will go back today and have another look



Comment by Lorelei Halley on September 5, 2012 at 3:53pm

Joy: go to the opening page of our OYA group.  Just under the group icon is a section titled BOOKS AND RESOURCES....  The last few links are to sitakrajka.blogspot     These are stitch diagrams that one of our members has put online.  That would be a good place to start.  Also in that section are recommended books.  And in the group there was recently some discussion of a good modern book.

Also if you have trouble figuring out how to hold the work, Laurie Waters has collected playlists of youtube videos pertaining to handmade lace.  There are some oya ones.  (Except, be aware that oya covers tatted and crochetted flowers, as well as needle lace ones.  You may have to be selective in your viewing.)  Also look for the specific youtube videos listed in the books and resources section.  Those are more to the point than most.

http://www.youtube.com/user/lacenews/videos?sort=dd&flow=grid&a...    You will have to look in several places: Armenia   Turkey   oya

Comment by Joy McKenzie on September 5, 2012 at 5:08am

All of this lace is gorgeous and I am longing to learn it so any help would be appreciated....does anyone have any lessons on the site?



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