Tapestry Crochet

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Today’s video demonstrates how I work with Tapestry Crochet. Tapestry crochet is working tapestry, crochet, skulls, dice bag, thread, improvised designwith 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.

tapestry crochet tutorial video free rounds and rowsBe sure to check out and like the moogly Facebook page to get the latest updates, links, sneak peeks, and more! Moogly is also on Pinterest, Twitter, and now Tumblr – come join the fun! TamaraKelly@mooglyblog.com

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    Thanks for a great video, Tamara. I’ve been crocheting for over 30 years but never tried tapestry crochet. Now I shall! I’m looking forward to coming up with some cute designs too.
    Have a great day,

  2. 11

    cORI says

    This may be a dumb question, but is there ever a problem with the end of a new color coming out and possibly unraveling? I had never heard of tapestry crochet until about 10 minutes ago and really want to try but I’d be worried that it could unravel. I have always struggled with the seamless color add because I feel like I need to knot it to make sure it stays, but I can see there is no knotting here. I’m assuming because you crochet a couple stitches it remains quite secure.

    Thoughts? Advice? Suggestions?

    Thank you!

    • 12

      Tamara Kelly says

      Not a dumb question at all! With this you’d want to weave in your ends very well. I have a short tutorial HERE that explains how to weave in ends securely.

      • 13

        Cori says

        Thank you so much! I don’t know why it took me so long to use a needle to weave in my ends, but that idea came to me a couple months back (and I’ve been crocheting about about 18 yrs). I never thought to go back the way I came though. That’s great!

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    Sara says

    I’m just learning the technique. However, I spent a while – it literally took me 10 minutes, to learn how to crochet with my left hand so then I can just scoot backwards and forwards which produces a similar look to when you crochet in the round. It’s fun but I can’t find any nice patterns to try out the technique with properly. The things I like don’t seem to have patterns!

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      Tamara Kelly says

      😀 You’re welcome Brenda, and I agree – that’s one of the reasons I love crochet so much, there’s always something new to learn and try!


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