Regardless of where we live or what year we were born in,
most women seem to have an innate need to add a little lace and a touch of
sparkle to our wardrobe. Customarily, the women of Turkey would cover their
heads with a traditional headscarf. But their headscarves were far from plain.
They were trimmed with yards of decorative edging known as "oya."
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I may not wear a traditional headscarf, but I love the bead
embellished lace oya trims. In her new book, The Beaded Edge 2, Midori Nishida continues here exploration of oya
and shares twenty-six incredible patterns. She also suggests modern
possibilities for beaded crochet edgings, from embellishing a pair of shoes to
stand alone necklaces.
Once you have chosen which oya to crochet, and this is not
an easy task, and worked the desired length of edging, it is time sew it onto
your chosen project. I love the way beaded edgings add sophistication to even a
My first instinct is to sew the edging down by inserting the
sewing needle through the crochet stitches, but when beads are worked in the base row or you want to ensure they do not shift,
it is important to attach the beads as well.
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To sew a bead solidly to a project, the best stitch is the
half-reverse stitch. To work this stitch, bring the needle up through the
fabric on the far side of the bead, insert the needle through the bead, then
bring the needle down through the fabric on near side of the bead before moving
to the next stitch.
Here are a couple more tips from Midori on sewing on
the beaded edging on the edge of the neckline or the sleeve and fix it
with straight pins. Adjust the shape so that the motifs look even.
the beaded edging with the hem of the neckline and join it using dress
pins on the hem in the order of 1) first shoulder, 2) second shoulder, 3)
center of neckline. Join more parts on the hem using dress pins, adjusting
the shape of the edging.
Find the perfect crochet beaded edgings for
your wardrobe by ordering The
Beaded Edge 2 today.