Tapestry CrochetBy A Guest Writer – 23 Comments
A Guest Post by Linda Cee.
One of my favorite things to do is tapestry crochet. it’s very similar to regular crochet with the exception that 1 or more strands of yarn, either different colors or different shades of the same color, are carried while another is being crocheted so that the finished results look more woven then crocheted. It’s an art form that has gradually been gaining in popularity. Perhaps because it is very versatile a fact that well-known tapestry crocheter Delores Chamblin alludes to when she refers to her work as “Painting with yarn” and just as the design options are limitless so are the items you can make everything from jewelry to toys to shawls and baskets.
Personally my favorite thing is to simply make it up as I go along I might start out to make a scarf decorated with a diamond pattern and end up with a shawl that alternates between diamonds and flowers however most tapestry crochet designers use graph paper to assure success.
Speaking of patterns many of my favorites were written by the imitable Carol Ventura. Ms. Ventura is another celebrated tapestry crocheter whose work has helped to put the craft on the map with her numerous books and tutorials many of which include sections for left-handers. Here’s some of her patterns (click the picture to see the full pattern):
One of the biggest problems beginners and even pro’s have is keeping the yarn from tangling. While many patterns call for only 2-3 colors others call for upwards of 7. One way to deal with this is to put each ball of yarn in separate small baskets.
I hope this article will inspire at least one person to try tapestry crochet it is truly a gorgeous craft and well worth the work. Stay posted for patterns to come and more information about tapestry crochet.
Linda Cee is a young adult who enjoys many crafts including crochet, jewelry making, scrap booking and learning to tat. She also enjoys traveling and learning everything she can about history and foreign cultures.