2003 Midori Nishida was captivated by the traditional Turkish craft of
oya (or decorative edgings) that she saw at the Turkish Embroideries Oya
Exhibition. This encounter with the delicate edgings of Asia led to an
amazing journey across Asia in search of the history and patterns of
|Red Hot Peppers from The Beaded Edge 2
In her new book, The Beaded Edge 2,
Midori Nishida chronicles her expedition and provides an interesting
peek into the history of oya as well as its current role in women's
lives. She found many different types of oya, including the popular Tig
oya, which is worked using a crochet hook.
oya edgings are simple representations of objects common to the
creator. Fruits and vegetables such as cherries, oranges, peppers, and
corn are beautifully re-created in miniature detail. Flowers are also
extremely popular. Each different motif carries its own meaning and
enables the women to share their feelings, from the popular rose that
symbolizes infinite love and happiness to the Casanova's mustache that
is a form of social satire and the red peppers that traditionally
indicates irritation with a spouse (a silent warning that he is in
For The Beaded Edge 2,
the 26 oya designs have been organized into four sections: Spring and
Summer, Autumn and Winter, Traditional, and For Beginners. And with the
first design I was hooked.
|| Clover from The Beaded Edge 2
second edition of beaded crochet edgings offers a stunning assortment
of embellishments for sweaters, children's clothing, tops, accessories,
home decor, and more. Many of these designs can also be worn as
stand-alone jewelry pieces.
was especially fascinated by the Clover edging. Unlike many oyas I have
seen, this pattern included a wide net pattern woven with beads,
allowing you to create an edging as wide as you wish.
I'm headed to my closet now. It would be fun to embellish a skirt and a couple of T-shirts with an oya beaded crochet edging inspired by my mood.
Pre-order The Beaded Edge 2 today: embellish your wardrobe and let your crochet speak for you.
P.S. What would you like your crocheted oya to say?