Crochet is popular with people worldwide. It's a pastime that knows no boundaries; there are people of all nationalities and backgrounds who enjoy crocheting.
It's interesting to discover how crochet has evolved in different regions of the world. With any art form, individual artisans put their own "spin" on it, making each piece their own. At the same time, both regional and global trends can and do influence each artisan.
Today, let's take a look at Turkish crochet. I put together a list of patterns, tutorials, artisans and resources on the topic for easy reference. This page will give you a glimpse at both traditional and contemporary approaches to the crochet styles popular in this region (although in some cases the artisans may now be living outside the region, and may not even be Turkish.)
Pictured here is an interesting crochet pattern book called The Beaded Edge. This book features a stunning variety of Turkish bead crochet patterns for edgings. The edgings often adorn lovely scarves, but could be used on just about anything -- accessories, apparel, linens, and more. This book is one of the resources featured on my list, although there are many others, including free patterns.
The list is by no means comprehensive, and if you know of a resource that should be added please feel free to leave a comment in the comments area. I'd love to make this page as helpful and complete as possible.