Sunday, June 19, 2011

So many people blogging about OYA


So I was just looking through google, it seems like everyone and their dog wants to learn how to do oya loll.  I believe I wouldnt have been able to get to where I am today without a whole load of time on my hands and someone else to teach me.  I think its a bit adventurous to try and learn something that has no patterns and no actual way of teaching except through another person who actually knows this art.  If you have a load of time on your hands and you're persistant in trying to learn this artform, then I say good on you!  Although for Tig Oyalar (crochet oya) I suppose anyone with a crocheting background can in a way figure out how to do the patterns.  Mekik Oyalar (Tatted oya) is easy for anyone who knows how to tat, because in retrospect you can just make up your own patterns with rings and chains or whatever, you can even go that one step further and mix 2 types of oya together eg: crochet and tatting, where you'd make your base as crochet and tat flowers to attach to it, or the other way around.  I hope to find the time to show you all some of my experimentations in the near future.

On another note, how hot is Manu from dancing with the stars? lol


Jillian June 20, 2011 at 12:36 AM

Thanks for leaving the message on my blog. You have really lovely work. I have only taken little baby steps and will be a while before I get much further, but I will keep watching your work for inspiration and joy.

Figgi Yarns June 20, 2011 at 1:11 AM

Thanks for the chance to have a look at the Oya you're doing. I'm very impressed by how talented you are, Oya isn't the easiest thing on earth!

Teri July 29, 2011 at 2:47 PM

I'm so glad to have found someone that knows English and OYA. I have looked at many Oya web sites in absolute awe. Thank goodness for pictures and videos!! Are you a member of Ravelry crafting web site. They have an Oya group over there.

AnatolianCollections July 29, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Haha it's hard to find isn't it Teri? I guess I'm lucky I had someone to teach me, yeah I am On ravelry but I didn't know they had an oya group? I look forward to seeing your oya works, if you need anything let me know

Teri July 31, 2011 at 12:46 PM

Here is the link... I am "th1" and made the pink and yellow doilies. They were my first ones after much practice with basic stitches.

AnatolianCollections July 31, 2011 at 1:32 PM

Excellent work, big improvement from the yellow to the pink your stitches are much better! I personally have never done an igne oyasi doily, however I have made small motifs for various things. And on top of that you did a pinwheel design, I know those aren't the easiest things to do so well done to you!

Fiona T November 15, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Hi, this is beautiful stuff, I love that it is 3D. Have you thought of making some You-tube videos to try and teach some of this craft. There are some great ones for tatting out there. I am on ravellry too, and wonder now if they do have a tatting group. Thanks again for sharing.

CouchCrochetCrumbs November 15, 2011 at 9:46 PM

To be honest Fiona, its so rare here that I'm not really looking to teach the 3d flowers or anything difficult because I was planning to one day make a booklet or something full of all of the turkish crafts i know (not just oya) I've already posted a couple of videos on youtube. The problem also with oya lace is that unless you actually KNOW how to do it, you cant pull patterns from a picture, where as for example you could show me a picture of a particular oya, and I could make it without any pattern or chart or whatever- thus making it easy for other people who learn to take my ideas, I know that sounds kind of selfish right? But as I said previously its not a common thing here and I guess rarity sells..

American Masala November 23, 2012 at 5:26 AM

Hi! I am in love with Oya! I have started to add bits to some of my scarves lately...still working on learning tatting and the flowers though. I have been steady bead crocheter for while and just crocheted for years so that part hasn't been hard. I am trying to find the pattern for the you know that Turgut Ozal's jaw/Ecevit's nose? It appears crocheted but can't seem to figure out the entire join there. Thanks!

AnatolianCollections November 23, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Hello! As with most oya i dont think they have patterns! Although i know the ecevit burnu oya because its from Konya where my mother in law is from. The moustache or biyikli i think its called is from eskisehir (i think) I might make a pattern for ecevit burnu and that way you can see how its made.

Thanks for the comment, i hope to hear from you again.

Lydia January 21, 2013 at 9:45 AM

I am so glad to have found you! Please come share on my facebook group...Turkish American Play and Learn. I am collecting ideas and information for my daughter and myself to learn about Turkish language and culture. Her father is Turkish from the Mersin (Tarsus) area. I don't have any contact with the family,but I want so much for my daughter to learn all she can and embrace her "Turkishness" because I think it is just so cool and I think we should all be interested and carry on what is good about our "roots". She is 4 now and I'm way behind in learning and teaching compared to where I wanted to be by now. I want her to knit and to crochet so she can make slippers, vests, and oya! I was thinking that an easy project for me to get started with is edging some socks. I don't think it is Turkish, just a way to practice the edging. I had knew a woman who had made an outfit and trimmed the dress and the edge of "bobby socks" with some beaded trim and I don't know why you couldn't do the same with the oya.I am looking forward to learning more from you!

AnatolianCollections January 21, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Hello Lydia, I'm glad you've found me too! I think it would be cool for you to learn it and teach her, i mean thats how girls learn oya in Turkey! I think its great that you want your daughter to embrace that side, and I hope you find some things to help you on the way on here and I hope to hear from you soon!

Unknown November 23, 2013 at 7:59 AM

I am a Turkish lady from Turkey- Kayseri. I am glad to come across with you and your perfect works. I am working at a handicraft vocational school as English teacher. I congratulate you... If you need any assist, you can get contact with me :) I dont know how to stitch such projects but I am working with so experienced handicraft teachers...

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