Today’s video demonstrates how I work with Tapestry Crochet. Tapestry crochet is working with two or more colors of yarn to create pictures, letters, patterns, or geometric designs in your work. It can be very simple, or incredibly intricate. One of the first tapestry crochet projects I made was this improvised dice bag, done in black and white thread:
Since then I have used the techniques I learned from tapestry crochet to create details and designs for many personal items, and I plan to incorporate them into some patterns coming soon. Traditionally, tapestry crochet is worked in the round, and this video demonstrates that technique. However, it also demonstrates the technique I use to crochet across the wrong side of the fabric, allowing you to insert a row or two of “tapestry” work into a non-tapestry piece. Let me show you:
I hope this video makes it clear what I mean. Tapestry crochet is a lot of fun, whether you’re making an entire piece with the technique, or just inserting a few lines in a regular pattern.
For more on tapestry crochet, I’d recommend you go to TapestryCrochet.com, the site run by Carol Ventura. Carol is THE expert on tapestry crochet, and her site has videos and free patterns to try, as well as individual patterns for sale. Be sure to check out the video on how she works flat rows – with the opposite hand! She’s also authored several books, which are a great resource: Tapestry Crochet, More Tapestry Crochet, and Bead & Felted Tapestry Crochet. Her patterns can also be found in Crochet Master Class: Lessons and Projects from Today’s Top Crocheters, Unexpected Afghans: Innovative Crochet Designs with Traditional Techniques, Crochet Liberation Front First Ever Book, and more, as well as many magazines.
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